Over 1,500 Pikachu to Parade at Yokohama’s 2018 “Pikachu Outbreak”

23.April.2018 | SPOT

The Pikachu Outbreak is an annual event that never fails to blow up online.

ピカチュウ大量発生チュウ!

This year will mark the 5th run of the event where over 1,500 individual Pikachu will dance during the day and into the evening. This year’s event will be unlike anything seen before, with the use of digital technology for the parade.

ピカチュウの大行進

 Pikachu Outbreak

 A different kind of performance is scheduled this year and will take place during the day and at night. Over 1,500 Pikachu will parade the streets.

デジタルスプラッシュショー.

Digital Splash Show 

The popular splash show will return this year at the Red Brick Warehouse. Prepare to get soaked! This year, in addition to the afternoon show, the night show will combine the stage performance with digital technology.

 

Pikachu Parade and the Ocean Parade and shows will also take place at sea at Minato Mirai’s inner harbor with Yokohama’s gorgeous scenery in the background. You will be sucked into a world never before seen as the performance makes use of digital technology. Pokémon fans won’t be able to resist this event.

Don’t miss out!

 

 

■Information

 

 Pikachu Outbreak!
Location: Yokohama Minato Mirai
Running: August 10, 2018 – August 16, 2018

 

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    ■Information
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  • Eevee to Join the Pikachu Outbreak Parade in August 2018

    08.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Japan’s army of Pikachu is readying themselves to appear at the Pikachu Outbreak: Science Is Amazing event set to take place from August 10 to 16 in the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama.

    Pikachu Outbreak began in 2014 and has been held every year since. This year marks the event’s 5th anniversary. Every year, packs of Pikachu march from Queen’s Square Yokohama to Grand Mall Park, bringing in countless spectators. For the first time ever this summer, an army of Eevee will join the march. You can catch them in the Shinko Chuo Hiroba area. Be sure to confirm the times and locations as the Pikachu and Eevee marches are taking place in different locations.

     

    Additionally, there’ll also be a Pikachu march at night too.

    Prepare to get soaked if you roll up to Yokohama Red Break Warehouse as there will be a Pikachu splash event taking place. It promises to be bigger and better than previous years, and will take place during the day and at night this time around.

    Pikachus will also greet everyone from boats again this year. Prepare to take some great photos of the Pikachu waving to you atop the water with a gorgeous view of Minato Mirai in the background.

    A special night time show is also scheduled to take place. Join the Pikachu Outbreak this summer!

     

    ■Information

    Pikachu Outbreak: Science Is Amazing

    Date: August 10, 2018 – August 16, 2018

    Location: Minato Mirai area

    Participating Facilities: Queen’s Square Yokohama, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, Nippon Maru, Nippon Maru Memorial Park, Landmark Plaza, MARK IS Minato Mirai, JR Sakuragicho Station, Sakuragicho Station area, Minato Mirai Line of Minato Mirai Station, Yokohama World Porters, Yokohama Cosmo World, Shinko Chuo Hiroba, Pokémon Center Yokohama

    Event Website (Japanese): http://www.pokemon.co.jp/ex/pika_event/

     

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    Nee, HelloPika is the new pocked-sized Pikachu robot releasing on August 4 that will respond to talk who talk to it. The product is being released in Japan at toy shops and department stores across Japan as well as via online shops including Takara Tomy who developed this product.

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    Head on out there with your very own Pikachu and catch them all!

     

    ■Information
    “Nee, HelloPika”
    On Sale: August 4, 2018
    Available: Toy shops and department stores in Japan and online
    Price: ¥2,990 (pre-tax)
    Size: 5mm×115mm×45mm
    Ages: 3+
    Product Page: www.takaratomy.co.jp/products/pokemon/hello_pika/index.html

     

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    MACHIDA visiting BANTA CAFE to check the feel of the ocean and their artwork

     

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