By John Carter
Do you want to be the best? More than anyone else? Dive into the world of Pokemon Centre and discover all the surprises that are ahead of you.
It is a dream made true for all fans of this popular TV show, home to all kinds of items and characters from the series.
On the shelves you can find stuffed animals of your favourite Pokemon (Pikachu obviously stands out above anyone). There are also keychains, school supplies (backpacks, pens, notebooks, folders), chopsticks and even cutlery sets for Japanese children to use with their bento boxes. They even have the same cup noodles that Pikachu was had in the show. Entertainment-wise there are a variety of toys and action figures from across the Pokemon character range, as well as cards to play with and collect. There are socks and shirts, a variety of decorative items and accessories for your electronics, such as adaptors or phone cases.
You will certainly come across many types of the main Pokemon characters – Pikachu, Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, plus many others. In addition, each month a new "Pokemon of the Month" is chosen, leading to additional exclusive merchandise available.
Besides the show and the games, the store also includes many video games, electronics and accessories for these devices. Find the life-sized Pokemon sculptures and take pictures with them too!
Something that makes the store a unique experience is the raffle for visitors, who can participate in order to win big prizes. I saw one particular customer telling a staff member that it was his birthday and then saw the employee coronating the guy in with a special crown. He also sang a song and gave the customer a special article. So if you plan to visit the store and you're a fan of the show, I recommend you visit on your birthday!
There are many venues throughout Japan, so you have no excuse not to have found the Pokemon centre. You can visit branches in many prefectures in Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Kyoto, Tohoku, Yokohama, Nagoya, Hiroshima and Fukuoka.
Come and catch 'em all!
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