On June 17, 2021, the grand opening of the first Pokémon Center in Okinawa, Japan was hailed with fanfare. The event featured a spectacular animated video that gave viewers an exclusive preview of the upcoming expansion to the iconic franchise. This marks an important milestone for both Pokémon fans and the island of Okinawa.
Pokémon’s Growing Popularity
Pokémon has been one of Nintendo’s most successful franchises since its inception in 1996. Over twenty-five years later, it continues to captivate millions all over the world. In 2020 alone, there were over 450 million players of Pokémon GO and for its 25th anniversary celebration in 2021, Pokémon released a whopping 11 new games. As such, it comes as no surprise that the grand opening celebration for Okinawa’s first Pokemon Center was met with overwhelming excitement.
This newest expansion further proves Nintendo’s commitment to bringing innovative experiences to its fans around the world. Fans can look forward to experiencing a unique shopping experience at this new Pokemon Center. There are exclusive products such as plush toys and game merchandise available only at this shop that any die-hard Pokémon fan won’t want to miss out on.
Okinawa: Home of Many Firsts
One thing is for certain: Adding Okinawa’s first Pokemon Center is a big deal not just for Japan but also for everyone passionate about Pokemon across the globe. The island has long been home to various “firsts” in Japan—from being a designated special tourism zone in 1991 till today when it will be home to its first ever 360° animation theater—its impact on Japanese culture is evident.
“Okinawa has been embraced by generations of people who strive to pass on traditions through life experiences,” said Hyog