Is this a fishy looking train or a trainny looking fish?
Separated at Birth?
The top photo shows the E7-Series Shinkansen/bullet train (Wiki) and the bottom is the “loose character”*, Burikatsu-kun, of Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture. Burikatsu is Japanese Yellow-tail that is a favorite fish that Niigata promotes with the expert loose help of their Burikatsu-kun mascot. Check out the Burikatsu-kun image collection and also his official website: burikatsu.com.
*‘Loose character‘ aka Yuru-Chara is a Japanese abbreviation
of Yurui/ meaning ‘loose’, ‘B-list’, or
‘unsophisticated’ and “Chara” for character.
Some of the many other 3Yen reports of Japan’s so-called loose characters include:
• Japan’s sets Guinness record for synchronized dork dancing
(3Yen / 2013-01-31)
• Severed fish head mascot ↓ (3Yen / 2011-08-01)
And speaking of severed fish heads… (see the Comments section)