Saga Prefecture is collecting ten million people who want to become the members of the evil group, “Rocket Dan!” in Pocket Monster

30.October.2017 | SPOT

Saga Prefecture started a new project “Nyasu Kikyu Saga Raisyu! ~Kikyu no Machi de Sagase! Rocket Danin 1000 Mannin!!~” in commemoration of the fact that the number of broadcasting of the TV animation “Pocket Monster” counts 1,000 times.

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The vehicle that the evil group “Rocket Dan”uses which appears in the TV animation “Pocket Monster Sun & Moon,” “Nyasu Hot-air Balloon” will debut at the largest hot-air balloon convention in Asia which will be held from the 1st to the 5th of November, “Saga International Balloon Festa.”

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Saga Prefecture is collecting the members of Rocket Dan in accordance with the convention.

Also, the design of the signboard of “Balloon Saga Station” will become Nyasu Hot-air Balloon while the convention is held. Nyasu himself will appear at the balloon festival which will be held from the 1st to the 3rd of November.

The first magistrate will become a member of Rocket Dan!? A comment from the boss of Saga “Sagaki.”

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Hot-air balloons are the symbol of Saga and is something that Saga is proud of.

I felt strongly that Saga must do something in accordance with this convention where Nyasu Hot-air Balloon which has been delivering excitement to kids in Japan for the past 20 years, will appear. I am the first magistrate of Saga Yoshinori Yamaguchi. Please call me “Sagaki.”

I will become a member of Rocket Dan and try my best to collect members of the group for the boss of our group, Sakaki. Members of the group, let’s unite! We are waiting for your participation in this convention.

Let’s participate in the stamp rally to become a member of Rocket Dan! “Rocket Dan’s Entrance Exam!”

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“Rocket Dan’s Entrance Exam” will be held as a member-collecting activity of Rocket Dan. You can get a member’s card by touring around Saga and answering the questions regarding the TV animation “Pocket Monster.” The exam will test your ability of answering listening tests and hide-and-seek tests. There are two courses available which are “Shitappa Danin” and “Kanbu Kohosei” so that both children and adults can enjoy the exam.

 

You can also visit the photo spot where you can take photos with members of Rocket Dan. The photo spot will be installed on the 2F of the old-prefectural government which will be one of the stamp spots.

 

Rocket Dan will fly over the night sky! A photo spot will be installed at Saga Light Fantasy.

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It is an illumination event held in the areas centering around Symbol Road. Let’s take a photo in front of the shinning “R” mark which is the symbol of Rocket Dan.

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In commemoration of the1,000th broadcast of the TV animation, 1,000 members of the group will make the human letters of Pikachu! The event will be held on the 26th of November which is the final day of the event at Yoshinogazato Rekishi Park. ※Detailed information will be revealed later on.

 

 

You can become a member of the group by accessing the website! Let’s become the PR agent of Rocket Dan!

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At the event’s official site, a project called “Time Line Rocket Daninka Keikaku” will be held. Original T-shirts will be offered to 20 persons (lottery-basis) who upload photos to Twitter or Instagram with the hush tag “#ロケット団 #佐賀”

Saga International Balloon Festa

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The largest hot-air balloon convention in Asia which is held every year. 100 balloons in total will appear at the convention and more than 800 thousand people visit the venue every year. You can also enjoy some big shaped fantasia balloons of animals and popular characters in addition to competition balloons.

“Balloon Saga Station (JR)” will be opened inside the main venue and shuttle busses will be operated from the temporary parking lot beside the venue.

Let’s become a member of Rocket Dan and participate in“Saga International Balloon Festa!”

 

 

◼︎Information

Nyasu Kikyu Saga Raisyu! ~Kikyu no Machi de Sagase! Rocket Danin 1,000 mannin!!~

URL: http://sagaprise.jp/teamrocket/

【Nyasu Fire Balloon】

  • Balloon Fantasia: 11,1 (Wed.) to 5 (Sun.) 9:00 to 10:30
  • La Montgolfier Nocturne: 11,4 (Sat.), 5 (Sun.) 18:30 to 19:15

※The event might be cancelled depending on weather condition

※The time might be changed depending on the situation

※Please note that the content of the event might be changed without notice

Saga Light Fantasy

Time: 210,31 (Tue.) to 2018,1,8 (Mon. holiday)

Installed venue: Around Shirayama, Saga ※The venue might be changed

Light up time: 17:00 to 24:00 ※The event date might be changed.

 

Saga International Balloon Festa

Date: 20178,11,01 (Wed.) to 05 (Mon.)

 

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    Dressing up as someone doing something has been a popular choice at the event recently. You can come up with some creative ideas that’ll make people say, “You came as that?!”

     

    ②”I’ve seen people like that!” attire

    Flea market woman

    There’s always certain types of people that everyone sees, and in Japan this is one of them!

     

    ③”I get it, but I don’t get it” attire

    Hawaii vibe  uncle

    You’ve heard all about them, but have you seen them?

     

    ④Work attire

    Handing out tissues with pachinko ads on them

    Work attire is a go-to at the plain clothes event. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that this is the one that started the entire movement.

     

    ⑤Miscellaneous attire

    Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

    The final entry is those which are hard to categorise. They serve whatever vibes they are feeling.

     

    Attend this year’s event and show off your own unique ideas!

  • 2019 Kobe Luminarie Winter Illuminations to Light Up Kobe This December

    09.October.2019 | SPOT

    The 25th Kobe Luminarie light festival will take place from December 6 to 15. The theme of this year’s festival is “25 Years, Guided by the Light of Hope” (Original Italian title: Da 25 anni, guidati dalle luci della speranza).

    Kobe Luminarie is an illumination festival that has been held annually since 1995 in commemoration of the Great Hanshin earthquake which hit Kobe that year on January 17. The event has continued as a symbol of hope for Kobe and has also become a festival associated with the winter season. Last year’s festival saw around 3.43 million people in attendance.

    The “Light Bulbs” make a comeback radiating their warm light

    Formerly the doorstep to foreign culture, Nakamachi-dori, lined with countless tasteful stores, will be lined with around 270 meters’ worth of decorations. The entrance decoration, named Frontone, stands almost 22 meters tall with three towering gates each connected to each other. The Sparri Ara is a wide wall of lights which runs 50 meters from Frontone all the way to Kyomachisuji Crossing. And as a special instalment to the 25th run of the festival, the light bulbs used at the first festival will be strung up to create another wall illumination from Itomachi to the East block which will be dubbed the “Memorial Zone.”

    The event’s largest light dome

    In the eastern amusement park plaza, Cassa Armonica―an illuminated church structure set up every year―will be enveloped in a large 21 meter high dome featuring an arch for the first time standing 4 meters tall in the memorial area

     

    Over in the floral clock area, the Sparri Ara wall lights twinkle beside the wisteria trees. The lights will change and transform to the sound of the music. Attendees will also be able to pick up small gifts too as well as take pictures at the various photo spots.

     

    Earthquake Talk Booth

    Talks will be held discussing the origins of Kobe Luminarie and why it started. Earthquake survivors will also talk about their real experiences.

    International Creative Director and Executive Producer Daniel Monteverde, who has been working with Luminaire for 20 years, made the following comment: “The city of Kobe will bustle once again this year, which will mark 25 years. People will fill the streets and look to the sky while they wait for the chime of the bell to signal the illuminations. We hold the memories of the people we lost 25 years ago close to our hearts. I hope we can convey our hopes and dreams and our story to our children and the young people who will bear the next generation. I hope people will be proud of Kobe which has recovered from the earthquake.”

     

    He continues: “The Kobe Luminarie lights will shine once more for Hyogo, for Japan, and for the world. These lights are a symbol of each and every person’s devotion, their efforts, and their love. I pray that the Luminarie lights will send a message of hope to the world and continue shining in our hearts for the rest of time.” * Full comment translated from Japanese

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