There are all kinds of otaku (obsessed fans) in Japan, not just with manga and anime. And definitely among the top ones are train and railroad fans. Which isn't all that strange considering there are almost 900 lines criss-crossing the country with the bullet trains (Shinkansen) leading the way. The Japanese learn about them from kindergarten and this is the reason for the popularity of a product like the Blue Shinkansen Children's Lunch Tray.
Targeted at small children but also great for train fans of all ages, the Blue Shinkansen Children's Lunch Tray is shaped like the first Shinkansen series, the 1964 Zero-Kei, which could reach 210km/h (130 mph). And even though, practically speaking, it has you covered (its detachable tray has three compartments allowing you to serve different kinds of food, plus it is heat resistant to 120°C/248°F and is also suitable for dishwashers), its main value is surely its appearance: a small piece of Japanese postwar history on your or your child's table, and perhaps inspiring the start of a lifelong hobby!
The Blue Shinkansen Children's Lunch Tray features:
- In the shape and design of the first Shinkansen bullet train
- Outer body made of 80°C/176°F heat resistant ABS resin
- Three-compartment tray made of 120°C/248°F heat resistant melamin
- Size: 36 x 14 x 7.5cm (14.1 x 5.5 x 2.9")
- Weight: 485g (17 oz)
- Cannot be used in a microwave oven
- Food not included
- Hand in Japan