Pokémon Center to Open New Store in Kanazawa
The Pokémon Company is opening a new branch of Pokémon Center, the official store for Pokémon merchandise, in Kanazawa, in late November 2020. The store will open inside Kanazawa Forus, a shopping centre located just a 1-minute walk from Kanazawa Station.
Pokémon Center Kanazawa’s design captures the beauty of the Hokuriku Region of Japan. There to greet customers who enter the store is Milotic who is perhaps the most beautiful Pokémon.
Pokémon Center Kanazawa will sell a whole range of Pokémon merchandise, including items to promote the grand opening of the store.
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Pokémon Center Kanazawa
Grand Opening: Late November 2020
Address: Kanazawa Forus 5F, 3-1 Horikawashinmachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa
*Specific opening date not yet confirmed. Opening day subject to change depending on COVID-19.
Official Website: https://www.pokemon.co.jp/
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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Pokemon Cafe ReMix ~ Puzzle Campaign
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
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
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.
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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)
Pokemon Shirts Now Available with Patterns from Pokemon Diamond & Pearl
Pokemon and Original Inc. are back with some new Pokemon Shirts! The popular goods originally went on sale back in February 2019, and more and more patterns have been added over the years.
Fans of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl can now find some designs to their liking, with new patterns on sale as of April 22, 2022. With 18 new patterns to choose from, the Pokemon Shirts collection now has a total of 404 designs to choose from. Customers can also choose to place these patterns on masks!
(From Left) Chimchar Pattern, Piplup Pattern, Turtwig Pattern
(From Left) Starly Pattern, Shinx Pattern, Bidoof Pattern
New patterns from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl will be added in four installments. Each installment will have a specific theme and will introduce Pokemon that fit that theme.
The first installment’s theme is “The Start of Adventure.” As expected, this installment features the three starter Pokemon from the games.
Installment #2 / End of July | Pokemon: Dialga, Lucario, Honchkrow, etc.
Installment #3 / End of October | Palkia, Garchomp, Mismagius, etc.
Installment #4 / End of January 2023 | Giratina, Rotom, Weavile, etc.
(From Left) Luxray Pattern, Mothim Pattern, Staraptor Pattern
The 18 new designs add some new flair to the ever-growing collection. Fans will want to head to the official Pokemon Shirts website to see the patterns up close!
*Masks are intended to be used for fashion, not to prevent illness.
Pokemon Shirts / Pokemon Diamond & Pearl
Release Date: April 22, 2022
Available Countries: Japan, America, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Indonesia, England, Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
Official Site: https://originalstitch.com/jp/pokemon
Pokemon Nail Polish Collection Available in Limited Quantities from uka
Beauty company uka has announced the new Pokemon Study series, a collection of original nail colors inspired by Pikachu and five other popular Pokemon. The items will be available on May 13, 2022 in limited quantities, and will come in a six-piece set. Three shades were made with vegan ingredients with adults in mind, while three can also be used by children and include a water-soluble solution. Preorders will open online starting May 6, 2022.
uka Pokémon Study: Meowth
uka Pokémon Study: Eevee
uka Pokémon Study: Piplup
For Children and Parents
uka Pokémon Study: Pikachu Aqua Base
uka Pokémon Study: Jigglypuff Aqua Base
uka Pokémon Study: Scorbunny Aqua Base
uka Pokémon Study Six Stars Collection
The company has spent time studying people’s hands to create the ‘uka Study Series,’ a color study to bring out the beauty of anyone’s skin using their unique nail colors. No matter what skin tone you have, these shades are sure to look perfect!
Adults can enjoy soothing and smoky shades inspired by Meowth, Eevee, and Piplup, with each nail polish created with a 60% plant-derived vegan formula. The children’s shades, featuring Pikachu, Jigglypuff, and Scorbunny, are all bright and perfect for spring. These water-soluble products can be wiped off easily with hot water.
uka Pokémon study series
Official Site: https://www.uka.co.jp/
uka Pokémon study six stars collection
Limited Quantities Available/Preorders Begin May 6, 20:00~
Price: ¥18,260 (Tax Included)
Where to Buy:
Official Online Store ukakau https://ukakau.com/
ELLE SHOP https://elleshop.jp/web/contents/top/
※This product is only available online.
‘Alien Artist,’ Winner of Best New Director at Kanazawa Film Festival 2021, Released
29.March.2022 | MOVIE
The Kanazawa Film Festival aims to ‘promote Japan’s countryside culture to the world.’ The event held from September 18 to September 20, 2021 marked the 15th anniversary. In addition to staging special works each year, the festival has an established reputation in the film community for its ‘New Directors with Promising Talent’ program.
The film Alien Artist was directed by Seiyo Hotani, who took home the promising director award in 2020. Given the excellent critic feedback for the movie, it has been decided that Alien Artist will be officially released this spring. Hotani is a university student studying philosophy at Kyoto University, and his directorial work certainly shows off his knowledge on the subject. The film was entirely shot in Kanazawa and Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Alien Artist inspired viewers with its bizarre storytelling and display of ideology and philosophy. If you could eradicate all of the ‘evil’ people on Earth, would you? Who decides who is evil? The movie follows a number of unique characters, each with their own personal stories and motivations, as the world faces destruction and rebirth.
Runtime: 90 Minutes
Release Year: 2021
Director: Seiyo Hotani
Script: Hifumi Keihan
Executive Producer: Ikuya Onodera
Cast: Kunihiko Watanabe, Yuuritsu Maruyama, Ryofu Karuma, Rui Kiriyama, Shigeo Osako, Jirou
Channel 47 made a splash at the 2021 Kanazawa Film Festival by producing the short video ‘HAKKEN -in Kanazawa Movie Festival.’ Check it out at the YouTube link below.
Title: HAKKEN -in Kanazawa Movie Festival-