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Pack of Pikachus popping up in Yokohama for summer event

A "Pikachu Outbreak!" performance is seen at a venue in the Minato Mirai seaside area in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on Aug. 6, 2019. (Mainichi/Maki Nakajima)

YOKOHAMA -- A pack of Pikachus have started appearing all over this city south of Tokyo for various shows and performances during a weeklong event.

"Pikachu Outbreak!" started at venues in the Minato Mirai seaside area on Aug. 6. In the event, people wearing full-body Pikachu costumes simultaneously perform at several venues including Grand Mall Park in front of the Yokohama Museum of Art, a park beside Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and Rinko Park, the largest such space in the area. This year, the main programs are scheduled at night.

At Grand Mall Park, dozens of Pikachu dressed in LED costumes danced together against a background of a projection mapping onto the museum building. Spectators shouted "Cute!" and gazed at the spectacle making full use of the advanced technologies.

The event has been organized by the Yokohama Municipal Government and Pokemon Co. based in Tokyo since 2014 in a bid to promote Yokohama and tourism in the city ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. It runs through Aug. 12 and is free. Please check the schedule on the official website in English below.

(Japanese original by Maki Nakajima, Web Operation/News Flash Group)

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