When I think of Pokemon, I’ll always think of the original 150 (or should I say 151 with Mew).
I grew up watching Pokemon, playing Pokemon cards, games and many different Pokemon toys. I was pretty much Pokemon obsessed and my main love was Pikachu.
Pokemon is still pretty popular here in Japan, but now there are so many different Pokemon that it makes my head spin. When I go to the Pokemon Center in Hakata Station I’m always so confused by all of the different characters on the shelves. I always get excited when I see one of the original 151, especially when they’re random. I think last time I went I saw a Tentacool. Not a very popular Pokemon, but there it was.
I remember my first exposure to Pokemon, Saturday morning cartoons. It was love at first sight. I started to read the comic books my Dad picked up from his store, watching every week and eventually, that Christmas, my brother and I both received gameboy games: red and blue. We were obsessed together. I think that was the first Christmas our parents had to beg us to come into the living room to open the rest of our presents. (The games were our ‘pre-Christmas’ gift that they left under the tree in our room so that we would be occupied and they could sleep in). I must’ve been about 8 years old at the time.
I still love Pokemon now. When Google Maps had a special April Fool’s promotion where you could find different Pokemon on the world map I had to do it. I wouldn’t stop until I found all 151, though I did cheat. I found about half on my own before I started using a guide. I thought that on April 2 they would finish the promotion and I wouldn’t be able to do it anymore. Turns out it was up for a week. Oh well, it was still fun.
Now I really want to play Pokemon. (><) Happy lazy Sunday!