Thousands of Pikachu (and Eevee) have once again returned to Yokohama, Japan this year. After taking a break from the event last year, I was eager and excited to make it back to see the biggest number of Pikachu ever. In this article I’ve given a brief write-up of my experience and some photographs for … Read more

POKEGENIC Trademark Filed in Japan (UPD)

There’s a lot of mystery involved in the latest trademark filing from Nintendo, Game Freak and Creatures, Inc. Simply listed as “POKEGENIC” (although POKÉGENIC seems likely), the name is filed for use in a variety of projects which include many mentions of outdoor sports, art and not least of all, videogames. These filings are not … Read more

June CoroCoro Gives Better Look at Armored Mewtwo (UPD)

The next Pokémon movie, Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution, is a re-telling of the very first feature film. With new CGI graphics, designs for the characters and Pokémon have all been updated. One of the most exciting of those is Mewtwo in its power armor—a fearsome tool of destruction. Japanese magazine CoroCoro has now given us … Read more

Inside the Pokémon Shirts Store in Harajuku, Japan

In February a limited-time store was opened to display the new line of Pokémon dress shirts developed by Original Stitch. So limited in fact, it was only open for a total of four days, the 21-24. All 150 of the available designs were on display (Mew’s was not yet able to be purchased) for people … Read more

Eevee Tamagotchi Review & Guide

A Fab Collab The Eevee Tamagotchi has generated a lot of buzz since its announcement and it is finally out in Japan. That is… if you can find one. Most stores have already sold out of their stock and the toy is now mostly limited to online retailers whose prices have steadily been rising. But … Read more

Creatures, Inc Sparks Controversy Over Visit to War Shrine

Creatures, Inc., a frequent developer or co-developer of many Pokémon games, has ignited a storm of a controversy after posting pictures of a visit to Yasukuni Shrine on their official Twitter account. The Shinto shrine is a very sensitive issue in Asian politics because of its association to Japanese nationalism and the enshrinement it offered … Read more