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Japanese Pokémon Go Players Fall For Mewtwo Prank

[Images via LiveDoor | uzumakimadao]
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This is Tsuruma Park in Nagoya, Japan. The fountain area looks like a giant Poké Ball and started attracting Pokémon Go players after a Mewtwo rumor began circulating on Twitter.

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As LiveDoor reports, it all started when someone on Twitter claimed Mewtwo could be found in the park.

[Image: Google Maps]
[Image: Google Maps]
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This park.

The similarities have not been lost on folks in Japan.

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The rumor, of course, was total bunk. Yet, a huge number of people showed up at the park yesterday.

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Many of these photos were taken after midnight. Over a thousand people reportedly were in attendance, looking for Pocket Monsters.

While there was no Mewtwo to be found, the evening wasn’t a total bust. People supposedly did start finding Blastoise.

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As well as, it seems, Gyarados.

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Both Blastoise and Gyarados are not easy to get, so this park ended up being a good spot after all.

Here’s what the park looks like today:

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People are now reportedly finding Venusaur:

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Damn. This isn’t finding Mewtwo, but it does look like a good spot to catch Pocket Monsters.

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Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

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Something Wong

Hmm... there’s something a little surreal about seeing a ton of people gathered in one spot all looking down at their screens at night.

Then again, there’s probably some deep comment about our attachment to our phones and technology in here somewhere, but I’m not sober enough to write about it....