Thousands of Pikachus Take Over Japanese Streets

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Pikachu Outbreak (Photo Credit: @yosum58 via twitter)

For the past four years, the Minato Mirai district of Yokohama, Japan has been bringing Pokémon’s most famous character to life with a Pikachu Outbreak Festival. The event, which features numerous fun activities, including colorful parades with thousands of people dressed in Pikachu costumes, began in 2014 to promote an upcoming Pokémon movie. It was such a success that its sponsors, the Pokémon Company, decided to make it an annual, week-long extravaganza.

This year’s festival, held from August 9 to 15, had a Brazilian carnival theme and attracted almost two million fans. Entitled “Pikachu Dake Ja Nai Pikachu Tairyo Hasseichu” or “The Not Just Pikachu Pikachu Outbreak,” the event, co-sponsored by Niantic the developer and publisher of mobile game Pokémon Go, was the first of its kind to include other popular Pocket Monsters as well.

2016 Pikachu Outbreak (Photo Credit: The Pokemon Company)

The week-long celebration of the electric rodents featured multiple free shows, including a “Pikachu stroll,” where 20 Pikachus departed Queen’s Square Yokohama, swaying side-to-side to a whistle. A welcome addition to this year’s festivities was the “Dripping Wet Splash Show,” which provided both audience and participants with some much-needed relief from the hot sun. 2017 also boasted the largest Pikachu Carnival Parade, where performers and more than 100 Pikachus danced to a Latin-inspired tune.

The highlight of the festival was the opportunity for Pokémon GO Trainers to traverse Yokohama and its beautiful parks and capture over 120 million Pokémon, including over 15 million Pikachus as well as other hard-to-find Pocket Monsters such as Chansey and Larvitar. For a thrilling finale, on August 14, some Pokémon masters teamed up with friends and other players to battle the game’s most valuable character, Mewtwo, at the specially created Pokémon GO park.

Pokémon Go Stadium (Photo Credit: PokemonGolive.com)

The Yokohama Pokémon GO celebration, the largest real-world gaming event yet, was one of many organized by Niantic to celebrate the mobile game’s one-year anniversary. The company has also held successful Pokémon Go Fests in Illinois, Denmark, Prague, Sweden, and the Netherlands, and many more are scheduled in various other European countries before the end of the year.

Resources: Pokemongolive.com,japantimes.co.jp,tourcharade.com,yokohomajapan.com

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  • acornyo101
    acornyo101Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10:06 am
    Do any of you guys know how much the card is worth?
    • wolfieland
      wolfielandTuesday, May 4, 2021 at 5:58 am
      Depends what card.
    • zupepopynanu
      zupepopynanuFriday, April 16, 2021 at 10:15 am
      cool,i LOVE pokemon.my favorite types are grass and poison.my favorite starter is bulbasaur,and my favorite eevee evetution is leafion.
      • political-teen
        political-teenWednesday, April 14, 2021 at 9:13 am
        Awesome!
        • wolfieland
          wolfielandTuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7:44 am
          Mine favorites are absol, and umbreon
          • rosepinklegend3
            rosepinklegend3Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 5:27 pm
            I used to play Pokémon Go and I had a shiny Lickitounge. In cards I have a shiny eevee.
            • wolfieland
              wolfielandTuesday, April 13, 2021 at 7:46 am
              I never had a shiny pokemon those were rare, my only good ones are tagteams GX.
            • unicorn87
              unicorn87Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 1:35 pm
              wow! I don't play pokemon or collect cards but this is so cool!
              • wolfieland
                wolfielandThursday, March 25, 2021 at 12:14 pm
                fun fact: pikachu was based of the animal the pika
                • alphawolf13
                  alphawolf13Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 12:12 pm
                  Mine is Eevee.
                  • poke_lover_kid
                    poke_lover_kidThursday, March 18, 2021 at 2:17 am
                    My favorite pokemon are Cinderace, Umbreon, Eevee, and Zacian! :D B-)
                    • acornyo101
                      acornyo101Friday, January 22, 2021 at 8:29 am
                      BTW, i have a shiny old Charizard Pokémon Card,