Pokémon Virtual Fest Virtual Theme Park Trailer Released
The Pokémon Company’s “Pokémon Virtual Fest” is now open for business in Japan and is set to run until August 31, 2020. A trailer was posted on the official Pokémon YouTube channel in promotion of the event.
Pokémon Virtual Fest | Promotional Video
Pokémon Virtual Fest is accessible by using the ‘cluster’ app on mobile or PC. Pokémon Trainers can look forward to jumping into a fully-realised Pokémon world with themed attractions, events, and much more. More content will be added to the virtual theme park in the coming weeks.
Being a theme park, Pokémon Virtual Fest of course has its own attractions like the Pokémon Ferris Wheel, the Galarian Weezing Train which gives players a tour of the park, and more. Players can watch Pokémon Sword and Shield Pokémon battles on the stage, complete various escape games, visit the store area, go to the beach, and much more. For a full run-down of the event, check out our detailed breakdown here.
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Pokémon Virtual Fest Virtual
Running: August 12 – 31, 2020
Compatible Devices: Smartphone (iOS/Android), PC (Win/Mac), VR HTC VIVE/VIVE Pro, Oculus Rift/RiftS)
How to Acess: Create a free account on the ‘cluster’ app. The app must be installed on your device. For full details, visit the Pokémon Virtual Fest website below.
Pokémon Virtual Fest: https://pokemon2020.cluster.mu/
FamilyMart Starts Pokemon Campaign, Pikachu Pineapple Frappe Now Available
FamilyMart stores nationwide have started a campaign in collaboration with the free-to-play mobile game Pokemon Cafe ReMix! From June 21 until July 18, visitors will be able to pick up some special treats and exclusive merchandise.
A new addition to the Frappe series, customers will be able to enjoy Pikachu’s Pineapple Frappe starting June 21, featuring Pikachu in a cute cafe uniform. Made with golden pineapple pulp, the drink is perfect for summer, offering a refreshing sweet and sour taste. There are three cup designs available–one with Pikachu in red, one in blue, and another in green.
Original Merchandise Campaign
Part I: June 21, 10:00~ / Original PP Coaster (4 varieties)
Part 2: July 5, 10:00~ / Cafe Menu Design Original Memo Pad (4 varieties)
A goods campaign is also underway. Customers purchasing three qualifying products will receive exclusive merchandise–while supplies last, of course! The event will run from June 21 at 10:00 through July 18.
Left: 5 stamps, Original Lunch Bag / Right: 10 stamps, Original Plates (Set of 3)
Collecting stamps on the FamilyMart app can also net fans some special prizes! At the same time, Pokemon fans can use the app to win tickets to Pokemon GO Fest 2022 Sapporo.
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Diglett’s Mysterious Forest Website Opens to Commemorate T-Shirt Launch
Original Inc. teamed up with the Pokemon Company in February 2019 to create Pokemon Shirts, an online store where fans from around the world can customize and purchase a selection of shirts featuring their favorite Pokemon characters. On June 10, 2022, a new Diglett T-Shirt collection was released, and to commemorate the release, a unique new website has opened to show off a collection of Diglett in their natural habitat.
Pokemon T-shirts allow customers to create their own shirts by selecting the fabric, patches, and size. In this new collection, customers can choose between two fabrics: Washi or recycled suvin cotton.
On the special website, guests can input their name and plant a virtual seed using a serial number included with each shirt. As the days pass by, each plant will grow, and the forest will become more dense and diverse!
Come hang out with Diglett while designing your very own sustainable T-shirt!
Pokemon T-Shirts – ‘Diglett’s Simple T-shirt’
Official Site: https://originalstitch.com/jp/pokemon/pokemon_tshirts
Diglett’s Mysterious Forest Site
Pokeball Transformed into Engagement Ring with Stunning 143 Facets
U-Treasure, a company offering proper jewelry inspired by pop culture, has announced a Pokemon diamond in the shape of a Pokeball! The gorgeous item will be released on June 9 and will be eligible for international shipping at the U-Treasure online store. The product itself will be on display at the U-Treasure Concept Store in Ikebukuro.
The Pokeball-inspired diamond has a staggering 143 facets, more than double the 58 found in a standard round brilliant cut. The more facets a diamond has, the more light it reflects.
Those wanting to set this diamond in an engagement ring will need to purchase the ring separately. The Pokeball Diamond is compatible with any rings found in the U-Treasure collection.
Release Date: June 9, 2022
Official Site: https://u-treasure.jp/lp/monster_ball_diamond
Experience Japanese Culture from Anywhere with Kanda Myojin Shrine’s Virtual Space
09.June.2022 | SPOT
Kanda Myojin Shrine dates back over 1,270 years, making it one of the most well-known religious sites in Tokyo. Dai Nippon Printing is now making it possible for interested visitors to experience the site from anywhere in the world, unveiling the Kanda Myojin CG Space this week. Developed with approval from the shrine, the virtual space faithfully reproduces the structure and design of the location using 3D laser measurement technology and CG techniques developed by DNP over many years. The space will be open online to all audiences.
A portion of the work from the Masayuki Kojo 10th Anniversary Exhibition currently behind held on-site at Kanda Myojin from June 4 until July 10 will also be available to view in the CG space. The space will also be linked to ‘Virtual Akihabara,’ developed by DNP in conjunction with the AKIBA Tourism Council. Using XR (Extended Reality), the company hopes to develop a wide variety of new communication styles.
The Kanda Myojin CG Space was created by using DNP’s laser measurement technology to recreate three-dimensional objects. By using high-definition photography and photogrammetry technology, images of objects are taken from many angles, creating a realistic 3DCG space to explore. The structure of the shrine, which was rebuilt in 1934 after being damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquake, has been faithfully reproduced in every way.
In conjunction with events held at the Kanda Myojin Museum, the Kanda Myojin CG Space will make the history of Kanda Myojin and its collection of materials, including rare ukiyo-e prints, available online for anyone to access. Through these exhibits, people both in Japan and abroad can experience Edo culture through their web browsers!
Kanda Myojin CG Space
Masayuki Kojo 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Running: June 4 – July 10, 2022
Hours: 9:00-16:00 *Last entry at 15:45, open daily
Address: Kanda Myojin Cultural Exchange Center 1F (2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Golden Pineapple Garigari-kun with Pokemon Packaging Now Available
Have you heard of Garigari-kun? Japan’s most popular popsicle, this treat is perfect for the hot summer months. A Golden Pineapple version is now available!
With a flavor targeted at adults, the Golden Pineapple Garigari-kun includes crunchy pineapple shaved ice with a crunchy texture inside juicy pineapple ice cream. Made with 33% pineapple juice, the flavor is authentic, and the ice granules used are finer than the standard Garigari-kun ice.
The packaging for each set of six popsicles will feature Satoshi, Pikachu, Leon, and Charizard as a tie-in project with the ongoing Pokemon anime series. A campaign is currently underway with 1,000 possible winners snagging a special acrylic stand (8 varieties). These goods will feature the trainers participating in the Pokemon World Championships.
Choose your favorite trainer and enter to win a magnificent prize!
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Golden Pineapple Garigari-kun (Box of 6)
Release Date: May 30, 2022
Customizable Pokemon T-Shirts Now Available, Concept Video Starring Diglett Released
Original Inc. teamed up with the Pokemon Company in February 2019 to create Pokemon Shirts, an online store where fans from around the world can customize and purchase a selection of shirts featuring their favorite Pokemon characters. On June 10, 2022, a new Diglett T-Shirt will be released! What’s so special about these shirts? They’re made from Earth-friendly materials!
Pokemon T-shirts allow customers to create their own shirts by selecting the fabric, patches, and size. In this collection, fans can select 15 different embroidered Pokemon badges from Pokemon Red and Green, including Pikachu, Gengar, and Snorlax. These patches can be placed on the left side of the chest, right sleeve, right front hem, or the left back hem. The patches are small and easy to pair with any type of daily activity. Each shirt is available in five sizes (XS, S, M, L, or XL).
Customers can choose from two fabrics: Washi or recycled suvin cotton. The Washi is a knitted fabric made of Japanese paper fiber, with natural fibers used for the name, sewing thread, and washing instructions label, making it completely environmentally friendly. It also has antibacterial, deodorizing, and UV-blocking properties, and is recommended for wearing in hot and humid weather. The recycled suvin cotton is made from recycled cotton that was originally discarded during the spinning process. Blended with organic cotton, it has a silky sheen and feel and is extremely comfortable.
Prior to the release of the new shirts, ‘Diglett’s Simple T-shirt, a concept movie set in a mysterious forest, was posted to YouTube. As stated in the Pokedex, “If a Diglett digs through a field, it leaves the soil perfectly tilled and ideal for planting crops. These T-shirts made of Japanese paper or recycled cotton will be returned to the soil before long, making it even more rich and fertile.
‘Diglett’s Simple T-shirt’ Concept Movie
In addition, a YouTube Live premiered on May 27 at 7:00 PM highlighting the life of a Diglett. During the stream, the Diglett responded to user comments, so be sure to go take a peek and drop a line!
YouTube Live – ‘Do Your Best, Diglett!’
How would you like one of these environmentally friendly shirts?
Pokemon T-Shirts – ‘Diglett’s Simple T-shirt’
Release Date: June 10, 2022
Official Site: https://originalstitch.com/jp/pokemon/pokemon_tshirts
Toyokawa Inari to Bring Back Popular Naked YORU MO-DE Event in 2022
24.May.2022 | SPOT
One of Japan’s Three Great Inari Shrines, Toyokawa Inari in Aichi Prefecture, will be decorated in summer-themed lights from July 22 until August 8! The popular Naked YORU MO-DE event is coming back for 2022 after attracting over 40,000 visitors last year.
Starting in 2021, Toyokawa Inari has held the Naked YORU MO-DE event monthly on the 22nd, the founding date of the shrine’s founding. Using technology, Naked’s artwork is updating the worship experience to fit into the ‘new normal,’ keeping social distancing in mind.
Jihoukan Projection-Mapping – Summer Festival ver.
Socially Distanced Art – Naked Distanced Lanterns, Summer Festival ver.
Naked Tsukubai – Summer Festival ver.
The theme for this new event is ‘a summer festival for a new era.’ Many of Toyokawa City’s annual festivals, such as the Oiden Festival and the Mitama Festival, have been canceled since the spread of the coronavirus. This new kind of festival will pull inspiration from other local events and will feature handheld firework displays, a collection of gorgeous wind chimes, and tons of night stalls for guests to enjoy alongside Naked’s digital artwork. The local handheld fireworks will be shown using projection mapping, and all of the fan-favorite Naked social distancing art projects will be transformed to suit the summer festival theme. The Naked Tsukubai hand sanitizing art project will show goldfish and fireworks in the palm of your hand, and the Naked Distanced Lanterns will be decorated with a summer firework pattern.
Toyokawa Inari, One of Japan’s Three Great Inari Shrines x Naked YORU MO-DE
Venue: Toyokawa Inari (1 Toyokawacho, Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture)
Running: July 22 – August 6, 2022
*Held throughout the year starting on the 22nd of every month
Official Site: https://event.naked.works/yoru-mo-de/
U-Treasure Announces Pokemon Ring and Necklace Inspired by Snorlax
The U-Treasure brand is known for releasing incredible jewelry for adults based on beloved brands and characters. The company is now taking orders for two pieces of Pokemon jewelry inspired by everyone’s favorite chunky roadblock, Snorlax! Orders are open until June 21, 2022. Snorlax appears in all his glory and is covered with a glossy black finish.
Snorlax Silver Ring / Snorlax Silver Necklace
How about grabbing some Snorlax jewelry for yourself or a loved one? (Maybe it’s not the best ring to propose with, though.)
Orders Open: May 17 – June 21, 2022
Where to Buy: U-Treasure Concept Store Ikebukuro, U-Treasure Online Shop
New Pokemon Anime Visual Released to Tease Show’s World Championships
12.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
TV Tokyo has revealed a flashy new visual for the Pokemon anime series! The visual features the eight trainers and their Pokemon who will be participating in the show’s Pokemon World Championships tournament, and notes that the “climax” of the show is about to begin. Pokemon airs every Friday at 6:55 PM on TV Tokyo.
Satoshi (or Ash, in the English dub) has been taking on plenty of tough trainers in Pokemon Journeys including Kibana from the Galar region. This means that he has earned his spot in the Masters Eight!
The new key visual features all eight trainers who will be participating in the upcoming tournament: Leon, the Champion of the Galar region; Cynthia, the Champion of the Sinnoh region; Steven, the Champion of the Hoenn region; Lance, the Champion of the Indigo Plateau; Diantha, the Champion of the Kalos region; Alain, another Champion of the Kalos region; and Iris, the Champion of the Unova region. Ash is currently the Champion of the Alola region.
The first 12 episodes of Pokemon Journeys premiered in the United States on Netflix in June 2020.
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On Air Fridays at 6:55 PM on TV Tokyo
*Date and time of broadcast may differ in some areas.
Official Site: https://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/pocketmonster/
The North Face Collaborates with Pokemon at GOLDWIN PLAY EARTH PARK in Tokyo Midtown
Goldwin Inc. has announced a special event for both children and families to enjoy! The GOLDWIN PLAY EARTH PARK event, running until May 29, has taken over the lawn at Tokyo Midtown. Five architects have created playground equipment inspired by five elements: fire, earth, water, wind, and sky. The event wants to inspire children to be more curious about the world around them. What better way than to get Pokemon involved?
For the event, Goldwin, The North Face, Helly Hansen, Speedo, and Canterbury all collaborated with artists, designers, and of course, the Pokemon series.
Goldwin is known for providing incredible sports and outdoor apparel, and behind its sturdy technology lies a deep curiosity regarding nature. This new collaboration has brought new perspectives and ideas to the collection, and those visiting the venue won’t want to miss out.
Collaboration Items at a Glance
THE NORTH FACE ✕ Pokemon
YOUNG EXPLORERS Jacket: ¥10,890 (Tax Included)
YOUNG EXPLORERS Hat: ¥6,380 (Tax Included)
Just like everyone’s favorite Pokemon Pikachu, the event wants to inspire children to be filled with energy as they explore the world around them and take on new adventures. These new jackets come inside a pouch inspired by a Pokeball and are mde of environmentally friendly recycled nylon material.
*Products in The North Face x Pokemon collection will be sold by lottery starting April 22. Check the official website for details on how to enter.
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HELLY HANSEN ✕ minä perhonen
Left: VINDKRAFT PEP Tote: ¥9,900 (Tax Included) / Middle: VINDKRAFT PEP Patch Tote: ¥19,800 (Tax Included) / Right: VINDKRAFT PEP Pochette: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Based on Helly Hansen’s ‘VINDKRAFT’ project to recover and upcycle sailboats’ sails, minä perhonen has designed a bag by combining scraps from its own production process. Nothing goes to waste, making this perfect for those aware of the current problems facing our environment.
*As this is an upcycled product, the number of pieces is limited and each piece is unique.
Collaboration items are available at a pop-up shop at the GOLDWIN PLAY EARTH PARK event. A number of workshops are also open for children to enjoy, with a focus on their relationship with nature while living in the city. Check out the special site for more information!
GOLDWIN PLAY EARTH PARK
Address: Tokyo Midtown Lawn (9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Running: April 23 – May 29, 2022
Special Site: https://playearthpark.goldwin.co.jp/
Pikachu and Eevee Appear on New Apparel from Graniph
Japanese brand Graniph has started selling 22 new Pokemon-inspired apparel items on its official online store and in brick-and-mortar locations across Japan.
Over 25 years have passed since the original Pokemon Red and Green games were released in 1996, and characters from the series continue to be popular around the world. It’s hard to imagine a world without the franchise!
Check out these new items featuring Pikachu, Eevee, and other popular characters.
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Where to Buy:
Graniph Online Store: https://www.graniph.com
Graniph stores nationwide (Excluding kid’s locations)
Shueisha’s Haruman!! 2022 Festival Celebrates Manga this Spring
29.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Shueisha is currently offering a ton of manga for free as part of Haruman!! 2022. The campaign is running until May 15 at participating locations and tons of digital manga series are available for download.
During Haruman!! 2022, users can read over 305 digital titles for free. This year’s theme is ‘Manga Festival,’ and manga fans can find both recent and classic titles. Why not catch up on some manga history while you can?
A collaboration with the popular VTuber agency Hololive is also underway. One of the group’s manga-loving members will be chosen each day to serve as Editor-in-Chief of an original manga magazine.
Popular authors are also commemorating the occasion with new illustrations. Eleven artists from Shueisha’s manga department have drawn popular VTubers, and these awesome images are available exclusively on the Haruman!! website.
Stream Date: April 23, 2022
Participants: Shueisha x Hololive Traveling Editorial Department
Streaming Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFZiqLMntJufDCHc6bQixg
In collaboration with puzzle game creators RIDDLER, ‘The Search for the Great Manga King’s Treasure’ will be held. Pulling inspiration from One Piece, which is currently celebrating 25 years of serialization, fans will have to find clues to solve a massive mystery.
Find your new favorite manga series during Haruman!! 2022.
Running: April 11 – May 15, 2022
Official Site: https://haruman.jp