Bus Musume

 

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We’ve had a few posts on trains in Japan recently, and to even things up I was going to highlight some buses.

I came across a post by kimonobox showing some cute Japanese buses and thought instead of featuring the outside of the bus, I would take a look at some bus guide uniforms.

Bus Musume collage collection

Bus Musume collage collection

Helping us look at these uniforms are figures from the popular series, tetsudou musume (train girls) and bus musume (bus girls). Main site here (Japanese only).

The figures are created by TOMYTEC and stand about 10 centimeters tall. For about Yen 500 each they are easy to buy, but the quality is not at the top end of the range.

Which customer is she winking at, I wonder

Which customer is she winking at, I wonder

This series is volume 2 which was released in September 2008. Recently, volume 3 figures have been released in June 2009 to tie-up with the 60th anniversary of Hato Bus guides.γ€€

There are six types of bus musume in total, in volume 2.

6 cute bus musume to collect

6 cute bus musume to collect

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Here is the bus guide from Okinawa Bus Company, Izumi Mashiki. The name comes from Mashiki, the Mashiki parking area, and Izumi, from the Naha Bus terminal.

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nice clean white a blue uniform with buttons

nice clean white a blue uniform with buttons

nice soft features, but is that something on your lip?

nice soft features, but is that something on your lip?

Okinawa Bus flag

Okinawa Bus flag

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The figures come with cards describing the character

Full size Izumi Mashiki with her own bsms card

Full size Izumi Mashiki with her own bsms card

If you are interested in the actual Okinawa Bus company, you can found out more here.
Here is a picture of their buses with a guide shown in the bottom right of the page.

Have you been on any buses in Japan with guides?

3 thoughts on “Bus Musume”

  1. whipcracker says:

    Ohayo goziamasu,__Ooh first again,lol.__Those are some very nice figures. Does everything in Japan have it's own mascot or figure representing it? Sure seems so. But what the heck, if it helps promoting the company or organization,all the more power to them. You got Rilakkuma, Danny has his daughters and the Stormtrooper. πŸ™‚ as usual great features,btw…I think that one figure is winking at you,lol

    1. Shibuya246 says:

      Thanks for your comments. Appreciate it. I am going to Kyoto next week and hope to have some good photos to bring back

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