OSAKA POKEMON CENTER, JAPAN: RARE PIKACHU TOYS, VIDEO GAMES & COLLECTIBLE MERCHANDISE, ポケモンセンターオーサカ


OSAKA POKEMON CENTER, JAPAN: RARE PIKACHU TOYS, VIDEO GAMES & COLLECTIBLE MERCHANDISE, ポケモンセンターオーサカ , Pokémon shop, store, amusement park, weird japan theme park, kid's attractions osaka, kansai locations, plush toys

What’s one of the most popular attractions in Osaka? Not the castle, not the aquarium… but the Pokemon Center in Umeda.

OSAKA POKEMON CENTER, JAPAN: RARE PIKACHU TOYS, VIDEO GAMES & COLLECTIBLE MERCHANDISE, ポケモンセンターオーサカ , Pokémon shop, store, amusement park, weird japan theme park, kid's attractions osaka, kansai locations, plush toys

The shop is not far from Umeda Station, and the yellow signs make it easy to find. The Pokemon franchise is both evil and genius. The motto, “Gotta catch ‘em all,” means…

OSAKA POKEMON CENTER, JAPAN: RARE PIKACHU TOYS, VIDEO GAMES & COLLECTIBLE MERCHANDISE, ポケモンセンターオーサカ , Pokémon shop, store, amusement park, weird japan theme park, kid's attractions osaka, kansai locations, plush toys

… that fans must keep opening their pockets for Pocket Monster merchandise.

OSAKA POKEMON CENTER, JAPAN: RARE PIKACHU TOYS, VIDEO GAMES & COLLECTIBLE MERCHANDISE, ポケモンセンターオーサカ , Pokémon shop, store, amusement park, weird japan theme park, kid's attractions osaka, kansai locations, plush toys

There are several Pokemon Centers in Japan, and they’re always packed with visitors.

OSAKA POKEMON CENTER, JAPAN: RARE PIKACHU TOYS, VIDEO GAMES & COLLECTIBLE MERCHANDISE, ポケモンセンターオーサカ , Pokémon shop, store, amusement park, weird japan theme park, kid's attractions osaka, kansai locations, plush toys

In addition to selling every type of merchandise (toys, home goods, cards, games), the centers have special events for children.

OSAKA POKEMON CENTER, JAPAN: RARE PIKACHU TOYS, VIDEO GAMES & COLLECTIBLE MERCHANDISE, ポケモンセンターオーサカ , Pokémon shop, store, amusement park, weird japan theme park, kid's attractions osaka, kansai locations, plush toys

We saw groups of young people sitting on the steps outside, engrossed in their individual video games.

OSAKA POKEMON CENTER, JAPAN: RARE PIKACHU TOYS, VIDEO GAMES & COLLECTIBLE MERCHANDISE, ポケモンセンターオーサカ , Pokémon shop, store, amusement park, weird japan theme park, kid's attractions osaka, kansai locations, plush toys

Can you recognize the little plush guy that Yukiro took home?

You can see more Japanese toy shops and Osaka photos in my shopping resource.

Are you a Pokemon fanatic? Who is your favorite character from the series?

PS: is anyone going to the Los Angeles anime convention, PMX this weekend? Look out for First Mate Naomi she’ll be walking around and giving out La Carmina & The Pirates business cards!

Japanese Word of the Day: Tegaru = Handy, simple
Song of the Day: 13th Moon – Grave Dance

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  • Davey

    gotta catch em all!

  • http://twitter.com/Trucydae Trucydae Theadviling

    Cleffa ♥

    I must say I’m a very huge fan of the Pokémon games, I’m kinda… Catching them all, right now… I’ve been working on this for two years, now… And I’m not up to 466 monsters out of 493 (´ . ` ;)
    I’ll have some more to catch since the fifth generation came out in Japan not a long time ago… I guess that next year it will reach the hands of american and european fans~
    But I’m not too fond of the anime… I’m not fond of animes, period… xD;
    But I like Team Rocket !

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Hahah which game are you playing? My friend was obsessed with Pokemon Snap. So funny… :)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Hahah which game are you playing? My friend was obsessed with Pokemon Snap. So funny… :)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Hahah which game are you playing? My friend was obsessed with Pokemon Snap. So funny… :)

    • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

      wow! I was able to catch the 151 to the first game…
      Go team rocket

  • Christina

    always loved pikachu and jigglypuff!

  • http://www.youtube.com/takenoutofcontext Glitch

    The little girl with the pikachu hat looks like she took some fashion tips from you. :)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Japanese kids are far more stylish than I’ll ever be :P

  • http://wasurenai.tumblr.com Laura

    cleffa! too cute :)
    haha my favorite is snorlax, i want a toy of that ;D

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      The Pokemon store had toys of pretty much all the characters… in addition to homewares, stationary, everything!

  • Meg

    I love Jigglypuff, but Igglybuff and Wigglytuff ruin her…
    Some of the new Pokemon are just stupid.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Haha the names are ridiculous!

  • Petal

    pikachu, skitty, mew & starmie^^

    • Petal

      We have called our cats, Pikachu, Skitty & Mew^^ -best names :D My Fish (Betta’s) are named Ayumi & SiSeN =^.^= lol

  • Alexa

    cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/RisaZirakchi Audriana Zirakchi

    I love Oddish and Togepi!

  • Walkonboy

    HEAVEN! haha

  • AnnaMarie

    Your so lucky. Its been my dream to go there for like, ever.

  • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

    the tokyo one is not as good as this actually ;P
    but they should sell Team Rocket Goods >_<''

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      They need to sell Team Rocket OUTFITS… that would be scandalous!

  • Monkeyalien

    Fffffuuuu!! D; Pichuu sajdhsalkjhdsa do want.

  • http://www.myspace.com/shadowpal2 shadowpal2

    Ah all those childhood memories of Pokemon…of course many will claim that “forcing” my parents to buy all those Pokemon cards when I was a kid was a big waste of money. And yes it is true considering I didn’t play a “game” of Pokemon I didn’t know how to…and I still don’t know how to.

    BUT I loved getting up every Saturday morning to watch the cartoons – I absolutely loved those times. It was incredibly fun! I even remember watching the first movie of Pokemon – oh boy were there tears coming out haha.

    Unfortunately the writer passed away not too long ago. As far as games though – I really haven’t played any Pokemon games. When I had an N64 I used to play Pokemon Snap and THAT WAS FUN!!!!

    Of course another game that I enjoyed playing was Pokemon Silver – but I didn’t get to play that unless I was on the plane, because they had some sort of emulator for gameboy color.

    But that’s about it…as for the pokemon Yukiro took home – I DON’T KNOW. I really only know the first generation of Pokemon. However…the pokemon really reminds me of Chansey.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Aww Pokemon memories! I remember the Poke-cards. They were banned from some schools because the students got too obsessed.

  • Lee

    Zapdos FTW.

  • Anonymous

    Pokemon is one addictive virus… O_O
    WHAT ABOUT YU-GI-OH!?!!? D:

  • http://twitter.com/themadcatlady Barbarella

    Team Rocket RULE! :D

  • Magnales

    I loved Pokemon when I was young. Untill Digimon was broadcast too. I switched to a Digimon fanatic xD. It is sooo much better then Pokemon. Though, at school everybody thought Digimon was fake Pokemon. So I wasn’t cool anymore. But later I found out they WERE watching Digimon secretly.

    Digital Monsters rule Pocket Monsters!!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com lacarmina

      Hahah I never got into Digimon..