If you haven't been to Japan before, you will be surprised seeing many fairy tales, anime characters or anything including robots which can be designed to make them "alive" for the fans out there.
To me, visiting to Japan is similar to traveling out of the dimension in order to see many incredible things and experience the "fantasy" lifestyle which can only be found in Japan (not even other parts of the world).
This is another example of how a normal train turns into the life-size moveable Thomas The Tank Engine to attract children and the fans to ride this train during the summer holidays.
So can it go 300mph? Bullet train fans Japan recreate life-size Thomas The Tank Engine, attracting hundreds of children
Young fans of Thomas The Tank Engine can now enjoy rides on real railway line on the famous blue locomotive
Company which built the train say they have been surprised at how popular it is with hundreds of children watching test runs
Thomas The Tank Engine is so popular in Japan there are already two theme parks dedicated to him
But it has now entered a different locomotive market altogether, after recreating a life-size Thomas The Tank Engine.
The TV steam engine character is in fact so popular in Japan there are already two themeparks dedicated to him and his friends.
Thomas The Tank Engine has been recreated as a life-size steam engine in Japan
Young fans of Thomas can now enjoy a venture on a real railway on the famous blue locomotive
But young fans of Thomas can now enjoy a venture on a real railway on the famous blue locomotive.
Shizuoka Prefecture's Oigawa Line, which created the life-size Thomas The Tank Engine, have been surprised at how popular the train has become.
They have said that at times hundreds of children have turned up at the station to catch a glimpse of their hero as he stages test runs, and where possible to go for a ride.
The railway line operators expect the Thomas The Tank Engine trips to be sold out in school breaks this summer.
Spokesman Tsuguto Nishi said: 'I am not surprised Thomas and his friends are also present here, after all, they come from the island of Sodor, and Japan is an island as well that is also with beautiful countryside like Thomas' home island.'
So far the move seems to have gone down well, although engineers initially had problems making sure the smoke coming from the locomotive was its trademark white colour, and not discoloured by the occasional black plume. The character of Thomas The Tank Engine first appeared in The Railway Series books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son Christopher. He became the lead character in the television series Thomas & Friends however after British writer and producer Britt Allcroft came across the books in 1979.