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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published September 23rd 2014
One of my favourite places from our Tokyo trip is the Pokemon Center store, which is dedicated to selling products based on characters from the Pokemon games. Pokemon is a video game series that was created by Satoshi Tajjiri in 1996 for the Nintendo Game Boy, which has since become one of the best-selling video game series. It is also roughly divided into "generations" based on the focus of certain Pokemon characters and Nintendo consoles; currently it is on its sixth series centred on the Nintendo 3DS and WiiU.

Pokemon Center, Tokyo
Entrance


Pokemon Center, Tokyo
Inside the store


The most popular products are figurines and plush toys of the characters. Although the names of Pokemon are all in Japanese, their appearance is recognisable enough for you to be able to pick out your favourites. I ended up visiting the store twice to see if anything else caught my interest after I got what I wanted on my first visit. My father got figurines of Pokemon that best represent his Chinese Zodiac sign.

Pokemon Center, Tokyo
Plush Toys


Other products sold include trading cards, stationery, clothes, cups, lunch boxes, key chains and most unexpectedly, food. While they are not as popular as the figurines and plush toys, they are still worth purchasing as such products can be hard to find in other countries. All of the products my sister bought were from this category. The only thing I purchased other than figurines and plush toys was a plastic mug with pictures of Pokemon's mascot, Pikachu, wearing the uniform of Japan's soccer team.







Pokemon Center, Tokyo
Pokemon Lunchbox


At the time I visited the store, they apparently had an event in which you can receive special Pokemon for your Pokemon games. It is only after I returned home that I discovered that the event was not region-locked. However I did not have my Nintendo 3DS at the time since I did not want to bring it along with me while I travelling around Tokyo.

If you are a fan of the Pokemon games, consider making this store an essential place to visit if you are planning a trip to Tokyo.
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Why? For all your Pokemon needs
When: Weekdays: 11:00a.m. - 8:00p.m, Weekends and National Holidays: 10:00a.m. - 7:00p.m.
Phone: 81-03-6430-7733
Where: Shiodome Shibarikyu Building 2F 1-2-3 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Prices Vary
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