A Pokémon themed science exhibit kicked off this week in Japan.

Dubbed the Pok√©mon Research Institute, the exhibit is centered around observing and classifying Pocket Monsters. Visitors get a Pok√©ball and then go around to each of the different twelve ‚Äúmachines‚ÄĚ in the exhibit to get hints about which Pok√©mon is inside.

Some of the machines, for example, show the Pocket Monster’s outline, while others give a magnified view or show footprints. It’s all done in a fun, interactive mini-game type way, and these hints help you figure out the Pokémon.

The exhibit also includes a section on classifying and observing different animals and insects.

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[Photo: Famitsu]

[Photo: Famitsu]

Seems like using Pokémon is an interesting way to make that connection with the natural world.

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[Photo: Kai-You]

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[Photo: Kai-You]

Below, you can see photos of the exhibit from Famitsu, Game Impress Watch, Kai-You, and Twitter.

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[Photo: Famitsu]

[Photo: Famitsu]

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[Photo: Famitsu]

[Photo: Game Impress Watch]

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[Photo: Game Impress Watch]

[Photo: hinopika]

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[Photo: Game Impress Watch]

[Photo: Game Impress Watch]

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[Photo: Game Impress Watch]

[Photo: Kai-You]

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[Photo: Kai-You]

[Photo: rengege]

The Pokémon Research Institute runs until October 12 at the Miraikan in Tokyo.

Top photo: Game Impress Watch

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