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/
Shock Your Crush with a Pikachu Engagement Ring, Available Now
U-Treasure, a company offering proper jewelry inspired by pop culture, has announced a Pikachu engagement ring! The item was made available on December 13 and can hold large diamonds from 1-1.999 carats. Each ring features a male and female Pikachu, perfect for the Pokemon master in your life. Along with this, a silver version made from cubic zirconia featuring the same design is available to pre-order until January 31, 2023.
[Pokemon] Pikachu Carat Solitaire Ring
U-Treasure Pokemon Series
Release Date: December 13, 2022
*Orders for silver rings are open until January 31, 2023
Pokemon Shirts Introduces New Patterns from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl
On December 9, Original Japan released 32 new patterns for the popular Pokemon Shirts line, this time from Pokemon Diamond & Pearl.
With the addition of these new designs, customers can choose from a total of 493 patterns. These patterns can also be used in masks and bandanas.
32 New Patterns from Pokemon Diamond & Pearl!
The new patterns were inspired by ‘Evolution and Legends.’ Fans can find popular Pokemon like Giratina, Rotom, and Weavile, so be sure to check out the website for more details.
Dark Ball and Quick Ball Buttons are Now Available!
To celebrate these new patterns, new buttons inspired by the Dark Ball and Quick Ball are now available. Fans can also choose from the traditional Pokeball, Great Ball, Hyper Ball, Premier Ball, Moon Ball, and Dive Ball.
Pokemon Diamond & Pearl – Round 4
Official Site: https://originalstitch.com/jp/pokemon
Hirosaki and Hakodate to Begin Winter Tourism Campaign with Snow Miku Starting December 2022
The cities of Hirosaki and Hakodate in Hokkaido have announced that they will team up with Hatsune Miku’s popular iteration Snow Miku to promote tourism in the area this winter. A number of activities will begin in December 2022.
[Snow Miku x Hirohako] Collaboration Project
■Hirohako Winter Tourism Campaign Poster Featuring Snow Miku
・Period: Mid-November~February 28, 2023
・Locations: Facilities in both cities, tourist facilities, hotels, shopping areas
■Snow Miku Illustration Contest Exhibition Event
Over 50 illustrations have been submitted under the theme of Snow Miku and Hakodate / Snow Miku and Hirosaki. These will be on display through the winter!
・Running: December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
・Venues: Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center (Hirosaki)
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse (Hakodate)
■Snow Miku Photo Spot
Snow Miku panels featuring shamisen and apples from Hirosaki will be on display, while the Hakodate version will include references to squid fishing and footbaths.
・On Display: December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
・Locations: JR Hirosaki Station, Chuohirosaki Station (Hirosaki)
JR Hakodate Station, Hakodate Airport (Hakodate)
■Digital Stamp Rally Using the Mikunavi App
A number of panels will be installed at five checkpoints in Hirosaki and Hakodate. A total of 1,000 people–500 in each city–will win original merch including a Snow Miku mask case and decorated masking tape. All you need to do is check in!
・Available: December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
・Locations: (Hirosaki) Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center, Hirosaki City Machinaka Information Center,
Hirosaki Tourist Information Center, Hirosaki Castle Information Center, Tsugaru-han Neputa Village
(Hakodate) Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, Yunokawa Hot Spring Footbath, Goryōkaku Tower,
Hakodate Green Plaza C Block (Hakodate Lumi-Pop), Old Public Hall of Hakodate Ward
■Hirohako Winter Tourism Campaign Theme Song and Music Video
The tourism theme song will get a new music video that will be broadcast on YouTube, at local tourist facilities, and on TV and radio!
・On Air: December 1, 2022~
・Theme Song: Mahou no Keshiki (Lyrics/Composition: ryuryu)
■Snow Miku Welcome Announcements to be Broadcast at Tourism Facilities, etc.
A one-minute welcome announcement by Snow Miku will air at tourist facilities!
・Running: December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
・Locations: Tourist areas in both cities
■Snow Miku Filters Using AR
When each barcode is scanned with a smartphone, Snow Miku will appear on the screen! Visitors can take pictures with Snow Miku to commemorate their winter trip to Hirosaki and Hakodate.
・Available: December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022
Hirosaki x Hakodate x Snow Miku Tourism Campaign
Beginning December 2022
Pokemon and Puma Collaborate for the First Time: Shoes, Apparel, and Bags Available Now
Puma and Pokemon are joining forces for the first time. The Puma x Pokemon collection officially went on sale on November 12, offering fans a collection of sneakers, bags, apparel, and more.
The playful new collection incorporates iconic images of popular Pokemon like Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. The shoe lineup includes popular models like the Slipstream, Suede Classics, and Rider FV. Pokemon can be found hiding on the shoe’s tongue, insole, and heel, and fans are sure to love these stylish kicks. For apparel, customers can grab cotton T-shirts, crew-neck sweatshirts, hoodies, sweatpants, and more. Complete your look with a beanie or messenger bag.
The Puma x Pokemon collection is on sale at Puma Store Harajuku Cat Street, Puma Store Osaka, Puma Store Odaiba, Puma Store Fujimi, Puma Store Kyoto, Puma Sapporo Factory, Puma Store Fukuoka, and the official Puma online store.
Pokemon x Puma
Release Date: November 12, 2022
Details/Online Shop: https://jp.puma.com
Mister Donut Reveals Limited-Time Pokemon Christmas Collection
Mister Donut has revealed its annual Pokemon Christmas collaboration. This marks the 5th year that the popular sweets chain is teaming up with the legendary franchise, and starting on November 9, fans can find themed sweets and merchandise for a limited time.
Pikachu Snowman Donut
Christmas Collection Donut Set
New to the lineup in 2022 is the Pikachu Snowman Donut. This will be sold alongside the always-popular standard Pikachu Donut which will be sold in a cute Christmas sleeve. Customers can also look forward to the sleepy Pikachu Donut and the fluffy Jigglypuff Donut this holiday season.
Mister Donut Blanket (White)
Mister Donut Glasses (Set of 2)
The Christmas Set will include the Mister Donut Pokemon Blanket, which is available in two patterns, as well as a pair of Pokemon glasses. Fans are sure to enjoy these new illustrations of Pikachu and Jigglypuff made exclusively for the collaboration.
The popular Pikachu Donut is back! The fluffy yeast pastry is filled with whipped cream with a pudding flavor and chocolate coating.
Pikachu Snowman Donut
Also filled with whipped cream, the Pikachu Snowman Donut is coated with white chocolate.
Be sure to check out this exclusive collection of sweets and goods before they’re gone!
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Mister Donut Pokemon Christmas Collection
Donuts: November 9 – late December 2022 (While supplies last)
Goods: November 9 (While supplies last)
Official Site: https://www.misterdonut.jp
Artist Yu Nagaba Creates New Patterns for Pokemon Shirts in Special Collaboration
Pokemon and Original Inc. are back with some new Pokemon Shirts in collaboration with the popular visual artist Yu Nagaba! Customers can head onto the official Pokemon Shirts website now to grab one of these cute new Pikachu-inspired designs.
The apparel brand Original Stitch was created by an engineer working in Silicon Valley who wanted to make it easier to shop for clothes. After launching a test service in 2013 and establishing the brand’s parent company, Original Inc., in 2015, the company began developing its custom shirt service. Those buying from the site can customize every detail of their shirt and order in as little as five minutes. These shirts are carefully tailored by craftsmen at a factory in Japan.
Two New Designs Made in Collaboration with Popular Artist Yu Nagaba
Two printed patterns and one unique embroidery have been added to the collection for a limited time. Yu Nagaba’s designs can be used to cover entire shirts or can be used as accents on collars and sleeves. Customers can even use the embroidery on a plain shirt to make something more subtle.
Yu Nagaba’s casual depiction of Pikachu shows why his art is so beloved. Silly and subtle, both Pokemon fans and fans of Nagaba’s art are welcome to snag one of these shirts before they’re gone. Check out the website for more details.
Pattern: Yu Nagaba (White)
Pattern: Yu Nagaba (Black)
Embroidery: Pikachu (Yu Nagaba)
Pokemon Shirts x Yu Nagaba
Order Period: Until November 17, 2022 at 11:00
NAKED Night Walk Art Project to Open at Famed Zuiganji Temple in Matsushima
Japanese creative company NAKED will hold a Night Walk event at Zuiganji Temple in Matsushima, located near one of the top three most scenic spots in Japan. The event will run from October 29 until November 23, 2022.
The NAKED Night Walk was created to revitalize hot spring resorts and other tourist spots during the pandemic. This special event will bring the illuminated experience to Zuiganji Temple, one of the Tohoku Region’s most famous Zen temples. Guests will be invited to carry beautiful lanterns around the grounds, maintaining social distancing while enjoying the cool evening weather. These lanterns will cast one of three unique designs onto the ground below–a starry sky, a camellia flower, or a lotus.
Guests can also enjoy NAKED’s Flower Fortune Telling, pulling unique paper flowers from a massive wall, with each holding a personalized fortune. These flowers can then be tied to a nearby tree to further spread NAKED’s art. You can also take home your flower as a souvenir!
The event will only run for a limited time. For more information including admission fees and hours, see the official website!
NAKED Night Walk – Matsushima, Zuiganji Temple (National Treasure)
Address: Zuiganji Temple (Chonai-91 Matsushima, Miyagi District, Miyagi Prefecture)
Running: October 29 – November 23, 2022
Hours: Weekdays 17:00-20:00 / Fridays, Weekends, Holidays 17:00-21:00
Official Site: https://zuiganji.or.jp/
Official Pokemon Baby Brand Monpoke Reveals Autumn/Winter Collection
Monpoke, the official Pokemon baby brand, has released the lookbook for its 2022 Autumn/Winter collection! New items include pajamas, jackets, and other apparel and sundries for infants and toddlers. Monpoke, which launched in 2019, has added two new familiar Pokemon to the lineup this time around–Gengar and Mimikyu.
Nighttime-only Diapers featuring Sleepymon Design
Pikachu and the Nighttime Adventure, the Second Book in Rikako Matsuo’s Monpoke Picture Book Series
The adorable diapers will help keep babies dry all night, and these helpful products will be released nationwide in early November 2022. The new picture book will be released on September 21, so be ready to add it to your nighttime reading routine.
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Monpoke Official Site: https://monpoke.jp/
Pokemon Shirts Offering New Embroidery Options Featuring Popular Silhouettes
Starting September 2, customers will be able to snag some new customizable shirts from Original Stitch featuring embroidered silhouettes of popular Pokemon!
Fans will be able to add these silhouettes to the left chest, right hem, or left cuff of their shirt. 25 different Pokemon are available to choose from, all from the original game titles, Red and Green.
Light Blue Dungaree / Navy Oxford / Gray Navy Dungaree / Black Checkered Gingham / Gray Kanoko
Poke Ball / Great Ball / Ultra Ball / Premier Ball / Dive Ball / Moon Ball
Customers can choose from six fabrics, including dungaree in light blue and gray-navy, black checkered gingham, white herringbone, and more.
For shirt buttons, customers can also choose from a collection of Poke Balls from the series. These customizable shirts are available to order globally.
Original Stitch – Pokemon Silhouette Embroidery Collection
Available: September 2, 2022
Customize / Official Site: https://originalstitch.com/jp/pokemon
Pokemon GO Holds Special Drone Show in Akagawa, Yamagata Prefecture
To celebrate six years of Pokemon Go, an incredible drone show was held during the Akagawa Fireworks 2022 presentation in Yamagata Prefecture on August 20, 2022.
The presentation sought to get audiences excited for summer fun, with the phrase “let’s go on an adventure this summer” appearing in the air above the huge audience of 40,000. The Pokemon GO logo and popular Pokemon were recreated by around 700 drones.
Music from the mobile game played during the impressive show, as Pikachu and a 100-meter-tall Charizard moved across the sky. Alolan Exeggutor, Gengar, Wailord, and Rayquaza also appeared, creating a night to remember for Pokemon fans in the town of Tsuruoka.
Pokemon GO Special Drone Show at Otaru Ushio Matsuri
The show itself was a surprise for the audience, with applause and excitement instantly palpable as it began. After the drone presentation concluded, the Akagawa Fireworks display began.
The Pokemon GO Special Drone Show was first held at the 56th Otaru Ushio Matsuri in Otaru, Hokkaido on July 24. Watch it in full above!
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Pokemon GO Special Summer Drone Show at Akagawa Fireworks 2022
Date: August 20, 2022 / 19:05-19:15
Venue: Akagawa Fireworks Presents 2022 / Fireworks Launching Area
Official Site: https://www.pokemongo.jp/
Pokemon Baby Brand Monpoke Releases First Baby Rings
U-Treasure, known for its gorgeous jewelry for adults inspired by pop culture icons, has released something for babies as well! Under the official Pokemon baby brand Monpoke, the company has unveiled some adorable baby rings to commemorate your child’s birthday. The pieces are on sale now.
Customers can design their own special piece of jewelry for their child by selecting a Pokemon and a birthstone. The back of each ring can be engraved with up to six characters, where you could include a child’s name, birthday, weight, or height. They are made in sizes to fit children’s tiny fingers, and parents can also wear them as necklaces until the children grow up. Many people give them as gifts to commemorate their child’s first steps into adulthood. Monpoke is the first official Pokemon brand to appear at U-Treasure Concept Store Ikebukuro and the online shop.
Which of these beautiful designs would you choose?
Available Pokemon: Pikachu, Gengar, Eevee, Smeargle, Ludicolo, Piplup, Mime Jr., Dedenne, Mimikyu
Available Stones: Garnet, Amethyst, Aquamarine, Diamond, Emerald, Moonstone, Ruby, Peridot, Sapphire, Pink Tourmaline, Blue Topaz, Tanzanite
Monpoke Baby Ring
Release Date: August 18, 2022
Where to Buy: U-Treasure Concept Store Ikebukuro, U-Treasure Online Shop
Online Shop/Details: https://u-treasure.jp/special/86
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Teams Up with Zunda Saryo as Final LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Collaboration
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu recently wrapped up her 10th-anniversary tour with an extra performance in Okinawa on July 23. After completing 30 shows over six months, the longest tour of her career, Kyary will perform a solo concert at Nippon Budokan on October 19 to truly conclude this epic tour.
As part of her tour, the singer has continued to energize Japan through the appeal of regional towns and cities with the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project. At each tour location, the artist collaborates with a local company, creating special collaboration logos and products that have become the talk of social media. Kyary has announced the final collaboration for the project, bringing the total to 32.
During the national tour, the Miyagi concert scheduled for June 25 was canceled due to difficulties at the planned venue, Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi, after an earthquake hit off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture in March. Although the artist wasn’t able to hold her planned performance in the area, she still wants to share the charm of Miyagi with the rest of Japan. The singer will team up with Zunda Saryo, a leading company in the area, for a special release.
Zunda-mochi is a traditional treat popular in Sendai. Loved for centuries, this seasonal delicacy is made by boiling and mashing young soybeans which can only be harvested for a few short days in summer before they turn yellow and ripen. These are then mixed with sugar and wrapped around a rice cake. Zunda Saryo produces many different varieties of this luxurious treat, allowing people to eat them whenever and however they like. From the Zunda Shake to the Zunda Roll Cake, these sweets contain many health benefits–they are rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. So don’t feel any guilt the next time you eat your fill!
For this collaboration, Zunda Saryo’s reimagined logo pays homage to the artwork seen on the jacket of the ‘KPP 2014 JAPAN ARENA TOUR COLORFUL PANIC TOYBOX’ Blu-ray release. The company’s edamame-inspired mark has been redesigned to feature Kyary’s distinctive headpieces, and the artist can be seen smiling with a Zunda Shake in hand.
A colorful collaborative T-shirt is also on sale featuring the new logo and the singer’s 10th-anniversary logo. The shirt is available on the LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project website for two weeks only starting July 29, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Miyagi Prefecture to help repair the Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi which was damaged by the June earthquake.
Zunda Saryo (Miyagi Prefecture) x LOCAL POWER JAPAN Project Collaboration T-shirt
Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Available: July 29 – August 11, 2022
Special Site: https://localpowerjapan.com