Travel Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture Together With Pokémon’s Lapras
Lapras is the official mascot Pokémon of Miyagi and is set to hold a new autumn and winter campaign starting on November 1 to encourage people to travel around Miyagi with the placing of new Poké Lid manhole covers, a stamp rally around the prefecture, and more.
Guidebooks and Posters
Tourist information centres, major tourist facilities, and major stations on the JR East Japan Railway and JR Hokkaido Railway will be selling guidebooks with Lapras showing travellers and sightseers what to enjoy this during this autumn and winter in Miyagi Prefecture.
New Lapras Poké Lids
New Lapras design Poké Lids will be rolled out in 20 towns around Miyagi from early December as part of Japan’s ongoing Poké Lid project to place Pokémon manholes around the country. This will bring Miyagi’s total count up to 35. Tottori Prefecture recently added Sandshrew and Sandslash lids, and Fukushima welcomed Chansey designs in August.
All of the Poké Lids placed in Japan feature completely original Pokémon designs making each individual one the only one in the world. The Pokémon Company is also working to make each one of them PokéStops for Pokémon GO.
Miyagi Stamp Rally
A stamp rally will be held from November 1, 2020 to March 1, 2020 which will have people travelling around Miyagi Prefecture to collect all the stamps for a chance to receive exclusive prizes.
Miyagi Prefecture x Lapras x Hotel Metropolitan Sendai East
Hotel Metropolitan Sendai East, a hotel which is connected directly to Sendai Station, is now offering a special Lapras hotel plan which offers themed amenities to hotel guests including a giant plush toy
Bookings: Available from October 26, 2020
Start Date: November 1, 2020
Lapras Snow Sledding
Ski resorts in Miyagi will also be offering a Lapras sleds. The locations include Izumigatake Ski Resort, Spring Valley Izumi Kogen, Onikobe Ski Area, Uenono Ski Area, Yakurai Family Ski Area, Miyagi Zao Shiroishi Ski Resort, and Miyagi Zao Eboshi Resort.
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Lapras x Miyagi Autumn and Winter Campaign
Location: Miyagi Prefecture
Start Date: November 1, 2020
Official Website: https://laplace-miyagi.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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Private Jet Package Now Available in Toyama Offering Spectacular View of Tateyama Mountains
22.June.2022 | SPOT
Mizu to Takumi, a company associated with the Toyama West Tourism Promotion Association, has teamed up with SKYTREK to offer guests a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit the area via private jet. Reservations for the incredible experience began on June 17, 2022.
Offering an entirely new tourism experience in Toyama Prefecture, visitors can see the area’s natural wonders from miles above the Earth. The program also aims to share local culture and more about traditional craftsmanship and cuisine.
Toyama Prefecture boasts dramatic topography, from the massive peaks of the Northern Alps and the Tateyama Mountains to the deep waters of Toyama Bay. To better allow visitors to see the sights, these private jet tours will be chartered on special courses different from standard airlines.
After the flights, guests will be welcomed to explore Takaoka’s deep history and culture. Kane no Sanzun, a restored and preserved inn, will welcome visitors, offering a relaxing and rejuvenating time.
Visitors can also book optional excursions to further explore the area, such as a Zen meditation experience at a famous temple in Takaoka, a traditional crafting workshop, and a tour and tasting of the only whiskey distillery in the Hokuriku region.
Come enjoy a trip to Toyama with a whole new perspective!
Travel to Toyama by Private Jet
Available: June 17 – October 26, 2022
Travel Period: June 22 – October 31, 2022
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
Airbnb Reveals Top 10 Most Popular Summer Destinations in Japan
08.June.2022 | SPOT
Airbnb boasts one of the largest travel communities in the world, filled with users offering up lodging and those eager to visit somewhere new. The Japanese subsidiary of the company has revealed the top spots added to Japanese users ‘Favorites (Wish Lists)’ from May 1 to May 17, 2022. Where will travelers in the country be headed this summer?
Golden Week is long gone and users are starting to think about where to visit during the hottest part of the year. This national ‘Wish List’ might make it easier to pick a spot, with many locations highlighting lesser-known areas!
Gujo Hachiman Villa, Limited to 1 Couple Per Day (Gifu)
This completely private rental villa was made for sauna enthusiasts. One lucky pair per day can book this suite along the Yoshida River flowing through Gujo Hachiman, known as the “City of Water and Dance.” Currently booked through the end of August, reservations for September and beyond will be available in early June. Book a stay to enjoy the gorgeous autumn foliage!
A House Surrounded by Lush Greenery in the Countryside (Tottori)
Hosted by a family of musicians and architects, this guesthouse invites guests to enjoy gorgeous Nordic-inspired interiors and the serene quiet of the countryside. For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, this is the perfect spot.
Hoshina Satomachi, Limited to 1 Couple Per Day (Nagano)
There’s nothing like spending the summer in a traditional Japanese home. Enjoy a barbeque on the terrace and relax on the massive lawn. This is the perfect spot for families with children or pets!
Coastal Cabin (Chiba)
You can’t have summer without a pool. This luxurious coastal retreat boasts a 15-meter pool, outdoor Jacuzzi, bonfire space, and a barbeque. Relax by the pool while listening to your favorite songs or soak in the outdoor bath as you watch the waves crash along the shore.
An Elegant and Peaceful Log Cabin (Nagano)
Located at 1,300 meters above sea level on the Iizuna plateau, this log cabin is situated in the midst of a dense forest. A perfect space for couples, families, or small groups of friends, guests are welcome to enjoy hiking through this gorgeous landscape in the center of Japan!
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
Izu, the Setting for Laid-Back Camp, Now Offering Travel Plans
JR Tokai Tours has released a new travel plan for fans of Laid-Back Camp Season 2, which aired from January to March 2021. The tour will take place in the Izu area, which was heavily featured in episodes 10, 11, and 12. Guests can enjoy a travel plan with single lodging and original goods starting May 23 until June 29, 2022.
The slice-of-life series Laid-Back Camp is currently serialized in COMIC FUZ.
Set in Yamanashi and Shizuoka Prefectures, Laid-Back Camp is a relaxing series following a group of high school girls going camping and enjoying their daily lives. The series is based on the author Afro’s personal experiences and interviews, and since serialization in 2015, the series has attracted fans from around the world. The original comic has sold over 7 million copies. In 2018, the first anime series premiered, inspiring a spin-off Room Camp in 2020 and a second season in 2021.
Four years after it was announced in 2018, a Laid-Back Camp animated film will arrive in theaters this summer.
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
EMOCAL, a Project to Support Japanese Regions, Releases Music Using Local Sound Samples
The EMOCAL project aims to support small-town areas of Japan. As a new initiative in the project, specific soundscapes only found in certain areas of the country have been combined with music to create some unique tracks. A selection of musical artists have collaborated with the project to bring these songs to life!
EMOCAL was created by ZOWA’s original label, CatchyStuck. The project supports local regions and communities by using ASMR soundscape videos recorded in each region to convey their particular charms to all of Japan. The sounds recorded in each place are considered to be very valuable and are intended to serve two purposes: to bring tourism back after the pandemic and to provide fans of ASMR a way to experience these areas from afar.
Check out each of these unique ambient tracks created by four up-and-coming musicians! Each song is available on viviON’s ASMR platform ZOWA and on Spotify.
Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture / Ikkyuu x Hige Driver, I Love Ikkyuu
Beard Driver created this ambient track with sounds recorded inside of Ikkyuu, a ramen shop.
Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture / Miyuki no Hama x Powerless, Seiren
Powerless created this track, inspired by the sounds of waves crashing at Miyuki no Hama, a seaside recreation area 20 minutes from Odawara Station.
Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture / Wasabi Field x baker, On the silent hill
Utogi in Shizuoka city is surrounded by incredible nature. Known as the birthplace of wasabi cultivation, baker used sounds recorded in the area to create this ambient track.
Ibusuki, Kagoshima Prefecture / Cape Tara x SeA0, Akushu
Cape Tara is a popular spot featuring an 800-meter-long sandbar at low tide. The sounds captured here were used by artist SeA0, and this track is sure to make you miss the water.
Official Site: https://catchystuck.jp/ambient/
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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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/