Couple celebrates nuptials on the Yamanote Line

Every day, Nobuhiko Suzuki and Sayaka Tsuchiya would take the Yamanote Line train to work. The pair would meet at car no. 6 and ride together until their stop at Shinbashi station.

One day in October, the couple exchanged vows in the same car in front of 150 guests.

Their story—a fairytale in its own right—received a happy ending seemingly penned by East Japan Railway Co.

JR East picked the pair’s love story among those of dozens of applicants to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of its series of lime green cars.

The company reserved a train specially for the union of the two. Photos of the newlyweds were hung in the train. A video of a re-enactment of the marriage proposal was repeatedly played on screens above the doors throughout the ceremony.

“I want to cherish the bonds with the family and friends that we have confirmed during the preparations,” said Suzuki.

The newlyweds were greeted with applause when they stepped onto the platform at Ikebukuro Station.

JR East on Monday commemorated the anniversary of the beginning of the first railway service between Shinbashi and Yokohama stations in 1872.

The Yamanote Line went into service in 1903 and the full loop was completed in 1925. The company launched its lime green cars in 1963 and introduced a new series with a stainless steel body in 1988.

By Maesie Bertumen

Image: JenGallardo/Flickr

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