Can’t Catch Them All (Yet) in Japan!!!! Guesses on Where Pokemon Might Appear When Pokemon GO is Released!

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Can’t Catch Them All (Yet) in Japan!!!! Guesses on Where Pokemon Might Appear When Pokemon GO is Released!

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As “Pokémon Go”, GPS based augmented reality mobile game about catching Pokémon is causing a buzz around the world after being released in U.S, Australia, New Zealand, UK, and Germany, it has taken a surprisingly long time for it to be released in Japan!!

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But! Good news! According to a Tweet by Takeshi Mochizuki from the Wall Street Journal,  who knows people familiar with plans for the game, Pokémon Go will finally be released in Japan as of mid-July 2016! Yay!

About the reasons of not releasing at the same time globally, Business Insider says that they need to fix the server capacity due to unexpected heavy accesses. Not only Japan, Wall Street Journal reports that Pokémon Go will be launching in Asia and Europe within “few days”, on July 11th.

As it WILL be released soon in Japan, let us expect which Pokémon will be appearing in which places in Japan! We cannot wait for the release of Japanese version, and this article is the result of TGU staff’ expectations (and some hopes!).

1. Magikarp at Nagoya Castle in Nagoya, Aichi 


As Magikarp is known as “Koiking” in Japanese (Pokémon’s Japanese name and international name is totally different). Although “Koi” means carp, however, it looks like “Syachihoko”, mythical sea creatures “golden dolphins” which are placed on the roof of Nagoya Castle!



2. Lapras at Lake Biwa (Biwako), Shiga


Lake Biwa located in Shiga prefecture is the largest freshwater lake in Japan. It might sound too simple minded, however we want to meet Lapras there, one of the classic legendary Pokémon!

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3. Genger at Aoyama Cemetery (Aoyama Reien) , Tokyo 


It is a weird way of saying, but Aoyama Cemetery in Tokyo is one of the popular cemeteries in Japan and it’s very competitive to reserve your grave. The reason of the popularity is that Aoyama is a really fashionable and cool area in Japan, and many legendary politicians and soldiers from Meiji era are entombed at the cemetery. In addition, it is around 260,000㎡ large. So when people in Tokyo think of “cemetery”, Aoyama Cemetery is the first one to come up with in their mind. That’s why we guess Genger might appear there!



4. Moltres at Sakurajima, Kagoshima 


As Moltres is super rare Pokémon, it shouldn’t be able to find so easily. Sakurajima, is one of the active volcanos in Japan, erupting repeatedly during recent years. When it erupts, volcanic ash from Sakurajima annoys people living in that area. Thus, going to Sakurajima is little bit risky and tough, so it is enough rare to find Moltres somewhere in Sakurajima!


When it erupts…



5. Ho-Oh at Five-storied Pagoda at Horyuji, Nara 


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Been working in girls’ fashion magazines for a long time and am now the chief editor of Tokyo Girls’ Update. I have more expertise in Japanese teen fashion than anyone else (probably)! I’m a huge fan of the Revolutionary Girl Utena and Bakemonogatari animes.

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