West Japan Railway Company Debuts New Mascot Konori Kinosaki

86th "Tetsudou Musume" character represents express train connecting Shin-Osaka Station and Kinosaki Onsen Station

Meet Konori Kinosaki, a new mascot character introduced by the West Japan Railway Company as the 86th entry in the "Tetsudou Musume" ("Railway Girls") line. The 2nd such character created for West Japan Railway Company, Konori Kinosaki represents the "Kounotori", a limited express train that connects Kinosaki Onsen Station in Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture with Shin-Osaka Station in Yodogawa Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture.


Konori Kinosaki debuted at a special ceremony on July 21, 2018, at Kinosaki Onsen Station that culminated with the installation of a life-size standee with which visitors can take photographs. The character was developed by TOMYTECH and features a character design by JSK. Konori wears a yukata, which mirrors a summer tradition by Kinosaki Onsen Station employees that began in 2008.


According to her backstory, Konori Kinosaki is a friendly young lady who loves history and studying foreign languages. Her parents work at a traditional Japanese inn, and she is always ready to greet guests with a smile and teach them the local charms of the hot springs district in Kinosaki.



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