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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    From the inspiration for the Harada Tadashi and ‘Pokémon Shirts’ collaboration to the three key visuals,  the exhibition has been split into sections to show how the visuals were created. With drawings, crocheted hair parts, and more, you’ll learn about the order of production, how visuals are created, and even how new ideas about beauty are formed. 

     

    Not only can you relive the creation process of a top creator, but you will also experience the ever-changing and evolving expression of “beauty.” The music used for the promotional video was inspired by the key visuals and produced by Conisch, a music writer and producer who has worked for many animated TV shows and has even previously written the theme song for Pokémon. The hair and makeup fashion show held on October 20 will be broadcast on YouTube, with guest appearances from Harada Tadashi and Conisch themselves. The incredible show will combine the world of Pokémon, the key visuals, and all kinds of motifs to match the space, so be sure to check it out! 

     

     

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