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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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29 Comments

  1. Posted November 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    gotta catch em all!

  2. Posted November 12, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    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 !

    • Posted November 12, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

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

    • Posted November 12, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

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

    • Posted November 12, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

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

    • Posted November 13, 2010 at 6:27 am | Permalink

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

  3. Posted November 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    always loved pikachu and jigglypuff!

  4. Posted November 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

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

    • Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

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

  5. Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Permalink

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

    • Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

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

  6. Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

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

    • Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

      Haha the names are ridiculous!

  7. Posted November 12, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    pikachu, skitty, mew & starmie^^

    • Posted November 13, 2010 at 3:14 am | Permalink

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

  8. Posted November 13, 2010 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    cuteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

  9. Posted November 13, 2010 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    I love Oddish and Togepi!

  10. Posted November 13, 2010 at 4:35 am | Permalink

    HEAVEN! haha

  11. Posted November 13, 2010 at 4:36 am | Permalink

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

  12. Posted November 13, 2010 at 6:25 am | Permalink

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

    • Posted November 13, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

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

  13. Posted November 13, 2010 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Fffffuuuu!! D; Pichuu sajdhsalkjhdsa do want.

  14. Posted November 13, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    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.

    • Posted November 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

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

  15. Posted November 13, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Zapdos FTW.

  16. Posted November 14, 2010 at 4:35 am | Permalink

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

  17. Posted November 14, 2010 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Team Rocket RULE! :D

  18. Posted November 14, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    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!!!

    • Posted November 15, 2010 at 5:02 am | Permalink

      Hahah I never got into Digimon..

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