The World of Pokémon – An Adventure in Japan

A travel journal of a Pokémon adventure to the real-life Kanto region. Continue reading The World of Pokémon – An Adventure in Japan

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Battle for the Earth Badge – Ratchet vs. Giovanni: The Viridian City Gym Leader

So we may have done Hakone over 3 weeks ago but to keep with the spirit of the games we can only now reveal the Gym Battle with Giovanni. He’s never been the toughest final Gym Leader ever, but I suppose originally the shocking reveal was enough to keep us players on guard. Still here it is the final battle for the final badge! Ratchet’s Line-up Venusaur     Grass/Poison Gyarados     Water/Flying Dugtrio         Ground Jynx              Ice/Psychic Hitmonlee   Fighting Giovanni’s Line-up Rhydon         Ground/Rock Dugtrio          Ground Nidoqueen   Poison/Ground Nidoking       Poison/Ground Rhydon         Ground/Rock Continue reading Battle for the Earth Badge – Ratchet vs. Giovanni: The Viridian City Gym Leader

World of Pokémon Day #30 – Kanto Complete – The End of Our Adventure

So there we have it. After 30 days of travelling our adventure is over. We’re back in the United Kingdom and settling back into normality once more. Much sleep is still needed after our long day of travelling, but I do wonder how many days it’ll take before the urge to hit the road comes back. You never see Ash at home for more than a week it seems before he’s off to another region, I personally don’t think the guy can sit still. Better him than Red, who seems to prefer living alone in the mountains that going back … Continue reading World of Pokémon Day #30 – Kanto Complete – The End of Our Adventure

Battle for the Volcano Badge! – Ratchet vs Blaine: Cinnabar Island Gym Leader

I never really think much to the Gym Battle with Blaine. Maybe it’s the fact you face him straight after a Fire Type based dungeon, or that he uses Growlithe and Ponyta in his team despite being the 7th Gym Leader in the region, or because you go on to face the final gym directly after this one, therefore making him somewhat foregattable. It’s just he’s never felt like a true challenge… Will this time be any different? Ratchet’s Line-up Hitmonlee   Fighting Gyarados     Water/Flying Dugtrio         Ground Zapdos         Electric/Flying Blaine’s Line-up Growlithe   Fire Ponyta       Fire Rapidash   Fire Arcanine    Fire Continue reading Battle for the Volcano Badge! – Ratchet vs Blaine: Cinnabar Island Gym Leader

World of Pokémon Day #29 – Promise and the Volcano Badge

Our last full day in Japan has come to a close and thus we wrap up by obtaining our final badge. Of course there’s the Earth Badge but fortunately we picked that up in Hakone when we were there the first time! However as for Indigo Plateau itself, there isn’t truly a spot in Japan’s Kanto region that can call itself a counterpart. A little anticlimatic I know but nevermind. Perhaps the base of Mt. Fuji would have been appropriate (as Fuji itself is actually represented by Mt. Silver that divides Kanto and Johto and is training ground to Red). … Continue reading World of Pokémon Day #29 – Promise and the Volcano Badge

World of Pokémon Day #28 – The End of the Journey – What did we miss?!

Sunday 27th September was my birthday and we spent the day in Yokohama, flying around the rides of Cosmo World, watching hula dancing in Hawaiian Town and taking another opportunity to visit the Pokémon Centre. We also went down to Shibuya in Tokyo to meet a close friend and do some Karaoke! But the original plan had been quite different, something a lot more Pokémon related. But things don’t always work the way you planned while travelling, so now we must talk about the place we didn’t get to see; Cinnabar Island. Cinnabar Island is based on the island of … Continue reading World of Pokémon Day #28 – The End of the Journey – What did we miss?!

Battle for the Marsh Badge! – Ratchet vs. Sabrina: Saffron City Gym Leader

With another city comes another Gym and this area of Tokyo houses the toughest Kanto Gym Leader of them all. Sabrina and her Psychic Type Pokémon are super powered monsters in Generation I, especially considering the abundance of Poison Type creatures in the Pokédex, and no offensive Ghost or Bug Type attacks available. So to beat a Psychic, you need to bring a Psychic, but anyway it’s time for a battle. Ratchet’s Line-up Dugtrio       Ground Gyarados   Water/Flying Jynx            Ice/Psychic Zapdos       Electric/Flying Sabrina’s Line-up Kadabra      Psychic Mr. Mime    Psychic Venomoth  Bug/Poison Alakazam   Psychic Continue reading Battle for the Marsh Badge! – Ratchet vs. Sabrina: Saffron City Gym Leader

World of Pokémon Day #27 – Saffron City/Marunouchi – Saffron City Gym

We’ve returned to the Imperial Palace, the place where our journey in Japan began. It feels we’ve come full circle but with two days left of our time in this wonderful country, we’ve got just a little bit more time to do more. Regardless today we ventured into the public areas of the Imperial Palace. The current palace is built upon the site of Edo castle where the Shogunate ruled Japan for several decades. However in 1868 the Shogunate was overthrown and power was restored to the Emperor. At the same time the capital and imperial family were moved to … Continue reading World of Pokémon Day #27 – Saffron City/Marunouchi – Saffron City Gym

World of Pokémon Day #26 – Saffron City/Marunouchi Part 1

Our day in Saffron City hasn’t been our most successful to date. All the Imperial Palace gardens are closed on Fridays and the rain hasn’t helped us feel motivated. That darn Team Rocket is behind this I’m sure of it. Nevertheless the Palace Gardens will still be there tomorrow and there’s a couple more sites within the Marunouchi area for us to see. Thus the Saffron City post will conclude tomorrow with what I suspect will be the Saffron City Gym but for now we’ll concentrate on the other sights. First one is one we’ve become very familiar with these … Continue reading World of Pokémon Day #26 – Saffron City/Marunouchi Part 1

World of Pokémon Day #25 – Return to Tokyo and a trip to Ginza

We’ve returned once more to Tokyo but sadly it is for our final time! The journey is wrapping up pretty quick now buy we’ve still got 3 badges to go! It’s a mad dash to the finish now but it’ll be worth it by the end. Today however we’re rather run down and a little under the weather. After the 3 hour journey from Tateyama this morning we decided to take a quick trip to Ginza, being perhaps one of the only major areas of Tokyo we haven’t visited yet. Shops line the streets of this district and most of … Continue reading World of Pokémon Day #25 – Return to Tokyo and a trip to Ginza