Fuchsia City is the “Happening and Passion City” but has also been known as “It’s Passion Pink”. We’re not sure where the pink is here in Tateyama, perhaps the pink involves the seasonal cherry blossom trees which we believe bloom around Shirohama Park where the Castle Tower lies. But it is a somewhat fitting place to match with the city within the games.
The Tateyama Castle for starters, is a reconstructed castle tower in 16th century style. It is built atop the old stronghold of the Satomi family, who ruled this area for 170 years. They ruled here despite being out of favour by the ruling Shogun, which is pretty impressive considering if you opposed the Shogun you weren’t likely the have any friends. Indeed their rule ended but it was a strong one and perhaps it is this family legacy that inspired the legacy of Father and Daughter poisonous ninja masters Koga and Janine. Indeed the Satomi family weren’t ninja as these assassins lived and practiced outside the political climate. They were feared among men and only hired in the most pressing of circumstances. However the Satomi family were outside the favour of the Shogun and, judging from the tapestries within the castle tower, were proud warriors to be feared. Regardless, this castle sure has one spectacular view of the area.
Other sights that remind us of Fuchsia City (other than Tateyama’s proximity to the ocean and the various fisherman and swimmers about the place) is the Namba Paradise Botanical Garden. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to go see it as it lies a little further out of the city but most importantly there is a petting zoo there that would not he too dissimilar to the zoo in Fuchsia sitting before the Safari Zone.
As for the Safari Zone itself it’s hard to say whether it has a real life counterpart within the area. Many sites along the Bozo Penninsula coast are part of the Bozo Quasi National Park, including Tokyo Bay itself. The beaches here are black sand and the cliffs are all volcanic. There’s a sea life centre on the other side of the penninsula also. However this Quasi National Park is far too spread out and solely based around the coastline to call it a match for the Safari Zone. Sure you might be able to catch a Dratini in the water but I doubt there are any Taurus knocking around the beach.
So that’s Fuchsia City, and it’s sure a beautiful place. We wish we could see a little more of the penninsula but tomorrow we return to Tokyo once again. Saffron City here we come!