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

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

Battle for the Soul Badge – Ratchet vs. Koga: Fuchsia City Gym Leader

This time I face Koga for the Soul Badge. Incidentally the Soul Badge was supposed to be the name of the badge that psychic type leader Sabrina gave to the the player, whereas the Marsh Badge she gives out was supposed to be Koga’s. It makes sense considering the connotations of the words. Marsh matches Poison whereas Soul is more appropriate for Psychic but never mind. Anyway onto the battle! Ratchet’s Line-up Jynx            Ice/Psychic Gyarados   Water/Flying Pidgeot      Normal/Flying Mr. Mime   Psychic Koga’s Line-up Koffing     Poison Muk          Poison Koffing     Poison Weezing   Poison Continue reading Battle for the Soul Badge – Ratchet vs. Koga: Fuchsia City Gym Leader

World of Pokémon Day #24 – Fuchsia City/Tateyama

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 … Continue reading World of Pokémon Day #24 – Fuchsia City/Tateyama

World of Pokémon Day #22 – Celadon City/Shinjuku

It’s time for Shinjuku, the district that is alive and kicking, just like the Pokémon counterpart Celadon City. This district is on the western side of Tokyo and is large in scale and diverse in sights, named a ‘Fukutoshin’ (meaning ‘secondary heart of the city”). Overall though there are two distinct parts of Shinjuku to take note of. Firstly there’s West Shinjuku, filled with skyscrapers and important buildings such as the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Offices. Most of the taller structures here have observatories or restaurants on their top-floors meaning even if you don’t work here, you can still enjoy the … Continue reading World of Pokémon Day #22 – Celadon City/Shinjuku

World of Pokémon Day #16 – Power Plant/Tokai Nuclear Power Plant

An hour away from Tsuchiura by train is the village of Tokai, an ordinary spot with not much in the way of excitement going on. However along the coast of this village stands one of the most important facilities in Modern Japan, the Tokai Nuclear Power Plant. It’s this particular plant that is counterpart to the once abandoned Power Plant hidden along Route 10 in the Kanto region. In actuality the Tokai plant today seems to match both the deserted Red and Blue, and the fully functioning Gold and Silver Power Plant within the games. Commissioned in 1966, The Tokai … Continue reading World of Pokémon Day #16 – Power Plant/Tokai Nuclear Power Plant

The World of Pokèmon – Introductions

Good day world! Today me and my partner are starting our travels to Tokyo, Japan on a very special adventure. We are travelling to Kanto, the real-life inspiration for the region of the same name featured in Pokèmon Red and Blue. However this feature is a video blog so without further ado please watch and enjoy as for the next month p4ratchet takes us to the World of Pokèmon! Continue reading The World of Pokèmon – Introductions