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The Hayabusa is a high-speed Shinkansen service operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori in Japan since 5 March 2011. The fastest service from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori takes 2 hours and 59 minutes. The exterior design of the trains is broadly based on the experimental Fastech 360S train, with a colour scheme of "Tokiwa" green for the upper body and "Hiun" white for the lower body, separated by a "Hayate" pink stripe. In May 2012, the E5 series was awarded the 2012 Blue Ribbon Award, presented annually by the Japan Railfan Club. A formal presentation ceremony was held at Tokyo Station on 20 November 2012