Pikachu Outbreak 2019: Day One Report Of This Year’s Event – MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON

08.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / SPOT

The Pikachu army has returned again this year for Pikachu Outbreak 2019 which is running from August 6 to 12 in Minato Mirai, Yokohama. This year, the event also features an evening show which takes advantage of Minato Mirai’s gorgeous nightscape and couples it with exciting lighting technology.

 

We visited the first day of the event with Chinese talent Etsuna and 7-year-old Yuugo-kun. Here’s our report!

Upon arrival at Minato Mirai Station we were immediately met by lots of Pikachu decorations and event advertisements. And when you go through the ticket gate it plays Pikachu’s cry! If you’re visiting the event this year then be sure to listen out.

There are lots of Pikachu to spot after leaving the ticket gates, so be sure to try finding them all.

We alighted at Minato Mirai Station and headed straight to Rinko Park.

When we hit the park we were greeted by a huge balloon Pikachu!

There’s lots of other Pokémon to catch too, such as Lapras, Psyduck, and many other popular names.

This tiny Pikachu was so cute.

 

There are food trucks set up by the Pokémon Cafe for the event at Rinko Park so you can get your hands on some food, drinks, and ice pops.

The Pikachu designs on the trucks are super kawaii♡

Pikachu Pineapple Ice Bar – ¥500 (Tax Included)

The ice pops they sell comes with one of four possible Pikachu facial expressions. They’re given randomly.

They’re so cute they seem a waste to eat!

Pikachu Orange Lemonade Soda – ¥500 (Tax Included)

The drink cups have Pikachu designs too, even the lids.

Wherever you look there’s a Pikachu, so you can take pictures literally everywhere.

 

After we had strolled around Rinko Park, we headed to Nippon Maru Memorial Park. Usually when you visit this park they have huge boats on display but for Pikachu Outbreak, the Pikachu have swarmed the area.

There are lots of walls with various Pokémon illustrations on them around Nippon Maru Memorial Park, such as Ho-Oh’s wings and a Pikachu balloon. They are scattered here and there, so make sure to find all of these too!

 

Below is where you can watch the Pikachu march wearing illuminating LED costumes.

Even the Ferris wheel at Yokohama Cosmo World was lit up with Pokémon motifs―the Pikachu and Poké Ball ones in particular were beautiful.

After a little while, several Pikachu arrived on a boat to greet everyone. And then…

…out came the LED Pikachu! Their synchronised pattering walk was beyond adorable. They even danced.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. If you head to Queen’s Square Yokohama right next to Nippon Maru Memorial Park then you’ll catch the Eevee march too. Their cute pattering walks too are enough to heal your soul♡

 

What we’ve shown you is just a snippet of the fun happening this year―there are many other exciting events happening for Pikachu Outbreak 2019.

Photos: CHIHIRO (@chiicd5)

 

These last photos were taken at the show in Grand Mall Park at Yokohama Art Museum which makes stunning use of projection mapping. The Pikachu don their LED costumes and perform an incredible light show for the crowd.

 

For more details on each event check out the official website. Pikachu Outbreak is a fun day out for kids and adults alike, so enjoy this year’s event and be careful not to catch heatstroke.

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    22.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    More information has been released for this year’s Pikachu Outbreak event which is set to take place in Yokohama’s Minato Mirai area from August 6 to 12.

     

    The event has been held every summer since 2014 and sees countless Pikachu come together and put on shows, parades, performances and more. Over 2,000 Pikachu are scheduled to be released into the wild in Minato Mirai this year.

    The Streets of Minato Mirai x Pikachu

    The army of Pikachu will be dressed in outfits equipped with LED lights to put on colourful illuminated show in front of Yokohama Art Museum using projection mapping.

     

    Running: August 6, 2019 – August 12, 2019

    Time: ①19:10~ / ②20:35~

    *The show will run at 20:35 only on August 9 and 10

    Location: Grand Mall Park (in front of  Yokohama Art Museum)

     

    The Seas of Minato Mirai x Pikachu

    Look forward to a magical evening performance of Pikachu and water fountains with Yokohama Bay and Bay Bridge providing the backdrop.

     

    Running: August 6, 2019 – August 12, 2019

    Time: ①18:55~ / ②19:50~ / ③20:45~

    Location: Red Brick Warehouse Park

     

    The Forests of Minato Mirai x Pikachu

    Enjoy an incredible performance featuring the biggest number of Pikachu to date against the backdrop of Minato Mirai’s skyscraper nightscape inside a green space.

     

    Running: August 6, 2019 – August 12, 2019

    Time: ①18:55~ / ②19:50~ / ③20:45~

    Location: Rinko Park

     

    Pikachu Parade & Eevee Parade

    Don’t miss the cute parades of Pikachu and Eevee as they march to the rhythm of the beat!

     

    Pikachu Parade

    Running: August 6, 2019 – August 12, 2019

    Time: ①18:55~ / ②19:50~ / ③20:45~

    Location: Nippon Maru Memorial Park

     

    Eevee Parade

    Running: August 6, 2019 – August 12, 2019

    Time: ①18:55~ / ②19:50~ / ③20:45~

    Location: Queen’s Square YOKOHAMA Queen’s Mall

     

    POKÉGENIC

    Dotted around the streets of Minato Mirai you will find hidden art and decorations. Catch ’em all and snap some photos!

     

    Running: August 6, 2019 – August 12, 2019

    Locations: Sail Training Ship Nippon Maru, MARK IS, Navios Yokohama, and elsewhere

    *Please be aware of your surroundings when taking photographs.

     

    Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Digital Stamp Rally

    The event is hosting a digital stamp rally on the streets of Minato Mirai. There are nine rally points in total. Those who collect three or more stamps will receive an original phone wallpaper and those who collect all nine can enter a lottery for a chance to win a Pokémon Centre gift set.

     

    Running: August 6, 2019 – August 12, 2019

     

    The menu for the Drink & Ice Shop by Pokémon Cafe has also been revealed where Pokémon Trainers can look forward to eating some ice candy and drinking lemonade amongst trying plenty of other summery treats.

    Pikachu’s Pine Ice Bar – ¥500 (Tax Included) *4 designs available, all chosen randomly

    Pikachu’s Orange Lemonade Soda – ¥500 (Tax Included)

    Pikachu’s Mango & Pine Tapioca Drink – ¥600 (Tax Included)

    If you return your cup after ordering a drink at the shop you’ll receive an original sticker.

     

    There is lots to look forward to at this year’s Pikachu Outbreak. Be sure to check the official website for more details.

     

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    Snorlax’s Stomach-Filling Afternoon Nap Lunch Plate – ¥1,922 (Tax Included)

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    Ingredients: Berry flavoured jelly, strawberry spongecake, strawberries, wafers, whipped cream, crepe, mint

    Pokémon Café Snorlax Plate – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    Pokémon Café Poké Ball Donburi Bowl – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    If you want your own Snorlax plate or Poké Ball bowl then keep in mind that supplies at the cafe are limited. And don’t forget that you must make a reservation at the cafe if you want to dine there.

     

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  • Pokémon Design Manholes to Begin Appearing All Across Japan

    02.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The Pokémon Company has announced its plans to begin placing more Poké Lid manholes across Japan. To date there have been appearances of them in Ibusuki in Kagoshima Prefecture and within 13 towns and villages of Iwate Prefecture, but that number is about to skyrocket.

     

    Hokkaido, Fukushima Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture and Kanagawa Prefecture are all participating in the Pokémon Local Acts programme which will see an increase of Poké Lids this fall and winter. But it doesn’t stop there as there are plans to expand the number even further going into 2020. This is the first nationwide manhole design project of its kind to ever hit Japan.

    Each lid features completely original Pokémon designs making each individual one the only one in the world. The Pokémon Company plans to make each one of them PokéStops for Pokémon GO in the future.

    In line with the upcoming Pikachu Outbreak event in the Minato Mirai area of Yokohama, which is taking place from August 6, five Pikachu manhole covers will be placed around Yokohama on August 5. Only one of the designs has been revealed as pictured above, and this one will be placed in front of Sakuragichō Station. The remaining four will only be placed for a limited time―until September 1 this year―around Minato Mirai. The locations will be announced on the official website.

     

    Most of the Poké Lids are cast iron and are carefully handcrafted by artisans in a factory in Saga Prefecture. The use of craft iron allows room for intricate detail from the thickness of the lines to the angles and colours.

     

    Make sure to be on the lookout for Poké Lids when visiting in Japan in the future. Their locations will be posted on the official website once they have been placed.

     

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  • Third Pokémon Smart Device Collaboration Launched by CASETiFY

    04.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    CASETiFY is a global lifestyle brand established in LA that has enjoyed hugely popularity with celebrities and influences around the world for their services that enable you to customise your digital devices from smartphones to Apple Watches and more.

     

    The company launched its “Day & Night” themed collaboration with Pokémon back in May. The third collection in the line has finally been unveiled which will be released worldwide on August 15 at 10:00pm (JST).

     

    1st Collaboration: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/206562

    2nd Collaboration: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/229807

    For the third collection, CASETiFY has New York and London-based artist duo Craig & Karl. Titled “The Icons by Craig & Karl,” the new collection incorporates the two artist’s signature style and shines the spotlight on four Pokémon―Pikachu, Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle―and three Poké Balls.

    Pokémon Trainers out there can choose from CASETiFY’s signature Impact Case, the DTLA Case, and for this third collaboration, the Floaty Glitter Case, and there’s a bunch of cool tech accessories too with limited-edition designs. You also have the option to put your name on your case.

     

    Back when the second drop launched on July 10, CASETiFY set up a waiting list which gave people priority access to purchase these limited edition items before they sold out. The waiting list surpassed a whopping 90,000 people. The waiting list has returned for the third drop which you can sign up to right now.

    As a fan of the Pokémon franchise, Craig Redman of the artist duo spoke about how enjoyable it was to be able to collaborate with Pokémon on this project and implement their signature style. He also praised the customisable aspect of the collection which he said can bring you closer to Pokémon.

    This marks the final drop of the CASETiFY & Pokémon Day & Night collection which you can also catch at pop-up shops in Tokyo, London, Paris, Los Angeles, and the Landmark shopping mall in Hong Kong.

     

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    11.September.2019 | MOVIE / SPOT

    TOKYO MYSTERY CIRCUS’s catalogue of games just keeps on growing. The puzzle and escape game theme park has just announced the return of its escape game Escape From Shin Godzilla which is being held in collaboration with the 2016 film Shin Godzilla.

    The event was previously held last April where it ran until October, enjoying huge popularity with over 40,000 escape game-goers. Players took the role of a member of the Kyosaitai―the anti-Godzilla task force―based in Kabukicho, Shinjuku where you will be tasked with solving puzzles to defeat the colossal giant.

    The thrilling event returns once more with original visuals created to make it look like Godzilla has really invaded Kabukicho. Tickets are now on sale, and you can pick up exclusive merchandise and themed food at the venue too. Can you defeat Godzilla?

     

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  • Cute Pikachu, Mew, Eeevee and Snorlax Blush & Powder Release in Pokémon Cosmetic Series

    09.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    The next set of beauty items in the popular Pokémon Cosmetic Series has finally been revealed: the Pokémon Cheek and Pokémon Pressed Powder will be released on September 10. The line-up includes Pikachu, Eevee, Mew, and Snorlax.

    Pokémon Cheek – ¥1,300 (Before Tax)

    The Pokémon Cheek is a cream-type blush that spreads smoothly on your skin without any stickiness. It’s comfortable on the skin and is durable. It also contains micropearls and so gives your skin a natural shine.

    It comes in four colours: Pikachu Milky Pink, Eevee Rose Pink, Snorlax Coral Pink, and finally Mew Pearl White which brightens your natural skin tone. The blush comes as a stick and so is ncie and easy to apply and carry around.

    Pokémon Pressed Powder – ¥1,500 (Before Tax)

    The pressed powder comes with its very own powder puff featuring a cute original design. The powder is mixed with minerals that are gentle on the skin as well as collagen. It leaves your face looking smooth and natural without any unwanted shiny patches.

    Pick from four different colours: Pikachu Pink which brightens natural skin colour, Eevee Mint which elevates transparency, Snorlax Yellow which conceals blemished, and Mew Purple which brings out transparency and shimmer.

     

    When out there in the wild catching Pokémon, why not look good at the same time? Be sure to check out the Pokémon Cosmetic Series, and stay tuned for any new products that are released.

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