Four New Pokemon Manhole Covers Appear in Katori City, Chiba Prefecture

16.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

On November 10, 2021, four new Pokemon-themed manhole covers were unveiled in Katori City, Chiba prefecture. These will be the first appearance of the Poke Lids project in both the city and prefecture and each will feature landscapes specific to the area. Pokemon featured in these new covers include Galarian Farfetch’d, Falinks, Florges, and Lotad. 

 

The Poke Lids project features completely original art, and each serves as a PokeStop in the mobile game Pokemon GO. Many are located in smaller towns and areas, and this has brought more tourism and attention to some of Japan’s more charming hidden gems. Going on a pilgrimage to visit these locations has become a popular new fad, so be sure to try it out once Japan opens!

 

 

 

Poke Lid Locations in Katori

  1. Galarian Farfetch’d Poke Lid: 109-14 Sawara, Katori, Chiba
  2. Falinks Poke Lid: 1722-1 Sawara, Katori, Chiba
  3. Florges Poke Lid: 4549-1 Sawara, Katori, Chiba
  4. Lotad Poke Lid: 4053-3 Sawara, Katori, Chiba

 

 

 

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    Enjoy a Boundless Starry Sky

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    Taste Colorful Mojitos

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    The company’s logo is being reimagined for the project, inspired by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s 2013 Furisodeshon music video. 

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    17.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    Starting March 4, McDonald’s locations in Japan are selling two new Happy Meals inspired by Pokemon and Tabekko Dobutsu!



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