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2019 Pikachu Outbreak in Yokohama, Japan for second year
2019皮卡丘大量發生中 日本橫濱登場

Performers dressed as Pikachu during the Pikachu parade in Yokohama, Japan, on Aug. 8.

Photo: AFP

Pokemon Go fans from Taiwan and across the world visited Yokohama, Japan in great excitement last week, as the “Pikachu Outbreak” returned between Aug. 6 and 12. With over 2,000 Pikachu this year, the city set a new record for having the most Pikachu at the event ever.

Pikachu are a species of Pokemon, fictional creatures that appear in the popular Pokemon series. Apart from shows during the day, night performances using the latest LED technology featured this year. Some train stations even replaced the sound when passengers exited the ticket gates with the word “Pikachu,” said in the character’s voice.

Meanwhile, following the success earlier this year of live-action film Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Legendary Pictures is reportedly working on a sequel. The box-office hit opened in Taiwan in May, and was among the top 10 highest-grossing movies in first half of this year, bringing in NT$160 million (about US$5.1 million) in ticket receipts.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






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