Friday, February 14, 2014

Usai in Japan 2013 - Pokemon Center

Hello my sweet mauw-mauws,

since the very beginning of the Pokemon hype, which began actually already almost 20 years ago, Im a huge fan of the whole series. Those Pokemon just way too cute to resist and the Pokemon games are still gorgeous and so it was crystal clear that we needed to visit a "Pokemon Center" during our stay in Japan. Those so called "Pokemon Center" are stores which are selling a lot of exclusive Pokemon merchandise. In beforehand we planned to visit only the store in Tokyo but we ended up in visiting in total four different Pokemon Center in Japan and Im happy that we did so because each store offers (partly) another wide of range.

On day 3 of our journey we visited the Pokemon Center Tokyo:
Shiodome Shibarikyu Building 2F 1-2-3 Kaigan, 
Minato-ku, Tokyo

Unfortunately it wasn't allowed to take photos of inside the store and so we could took only pictures outside:

Piplup, Pikachu and Charmander - the mascots of the Pokemon Center in Tokyo.
Each Pokemon Center got other mascots and the Tokyo mascots are my TOP 3 absolute fave Pokemons! If Pokemon only were real.. ~ <3

floor guide -  once you reached the building you can't miss the store anymore!

on the 2nd floor this giant Pikachu welcomes you!
We (Mochi, Kuraude and me) bought a lot of things there, I bought f. e. a plushie of Axew (lucky that I did that  - I'd not seen this plushie in any other Pokemon Center again O__O) and a very cute Pokemon bag with the "Eevee and Friends"-theme which was my faithful attendant for the rest of the journey to come.


Three days later we visited the Pokemon Center in Nagoya and that actually only because it was really nearby our hotel. Unlike the one in Tokyo, the Pokemon Center in Nagoya isn't a "own" store, it was more like a big department of the children's ward of the Matsuzakaya shooping mall:


adress:
Matsuzakaya Main Building 5F
3-16-1, Sakae, Naka-ku,
Nagoya-shi


Here it was also not allowed to take photos inside the store. We went to this place twice and Mochi felt in love with a big golden Magikarp plushie. In the end he decided not to buy it (yet) because it was too big to carry with and we besides we thought that we will find this Magikarp in an other Pokemon Center again - what a mistake.

Four days later it was already time to visit another Pokemon Center: Osaka! Actually none of us Pokemon-fans made the suggestions to do so - it was Don's offer! Poor Don, he isn't interested in Pokemon at all and so it must have been really boring watching us shopping.


The Pokemon Center was once again more like a big department than an own store and is located in a big shopping building:
Daimaru Umeda Store 13F
3-1-1, Umeda, Kita-ku,
Osaka-shi, 530-8202

The shopping building offers a parking place right under the building. You have to pay attention which elevator you chose because not every elevator stops at F13!

a sort of cooking show had been also held on F13
 In Osaka it was allowed to take photos of inside the Pokemon Center \(^O^)/ ~ enjoy (click to enlarge):

stationery and pens of my favourite theme: Happy Party Time - Eevee & Friends!

drinks and sweets

plushies as far as the eye can see

bags

supplies for Nintendo (3)DS and other electronic devices

Pikachu, Meowth and Tepig are the mascots of Pokemon Center Osaka 
 In the Pokemon Center they play only Pokemon songs and the one we listened to in Osaka was so lovely, it was the CD with Eevee and Pikachu on the cover .. I regret didn't buying the CD p__q

even Zekrom needs affection

Coin-machine - a great souvenir
 On the 15th floor a sort of Pokemon summer festival took place. The whole area was decorated with Pokemon and by finshing several activities you could get special prices. We didn't participated in this festival because it was clearly made for childrens. ^__^6


Loaded with (again) a lot of merchandise we left the Pokemon Center in Osaka and then just to visit the Pokemon Center in Yokoma only two days later:


The Pokemon Center Yokohama is finally a real store again and is located in Landmark Plaza shopping mall:
Landmark Plaza 4F,
2-2-1 Minato Mirai Nishi ku,
Yokohama, 220-8172


We stayed only a few hours in Yokohama to make a break from our long drive from Kyoto back to Tokyo. The store in Yokohama had strangely a lot of merchandise we did not have seen it the other three stores yet so it was a great deal that we could stop here.

Back in germany, I really miss the Pokemon Center. We really should have such a store in europe, too. I simply love the japanese passion for detail and I suggest every Pokemon-fan to visit at least one store. You won't regret it. ^O^

6 comments:

  1. wie cool *o* ich wusste gar nicht dass es sowas gibt *-*
    die muss ich auch unbedingt besuchen wenn ich dort bin (^.^)v

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  2. Ich war vor zwei Jahren in dem von Yokohama und freue mich darauf, es demnächst wieder betreten zu dürfen. ♥
    Schon aus Prinzip, weil es einen goldenen Pikachu-Sticker drauf gab, musste ich ein Mitbringsel einpacken lassen. xD
    Bin auf jeden Fall gespannt, wie das in Tokyo ist. :3

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  3. Aber es geht doch nichts über das Pokémon Center in Nagoya ... mit dem goldenen Karpadorplüschi ... p_q

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  4. So many cute photos dear! I really love your blog! ♡´・ᴗ・`♡
    Let’s follow each other! I hope we will keep in touch. ♡

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    Rinako

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  5. look like a great shopping trip ^^
    it's fun to see lots of plushie at the store

    would you like to follow each other to keep in touch?
    MY-Emily
    Please, let me know! ;)
    (leave a blog link at my blog after follow so I can go back ur blog again)

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