There Are Now 100 Pokémon Manholes In Japan

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Last year, the first Pokémon manholes were installed in Japan. A year later, there are now one hundred of them in the country.

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Pokémon manholes, dubbed Poké Futa (ポケふた) or Poké Lid, have been installed in a variety of prefectures, including Hokkaido, Iwate, Fukushima, Kagawa and more.

The latest six are in Tokyo’s Machida, making them the first in the Metropolitan area.

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Illustration for article titled There Are Now 100 Pokémon Manholes In Japan
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These manholes are located in Serigaya Park.

Illustration for article titled There Are Now 100 Pokémon Manholes In Japan
Photo: ©2020 Pokémon. ©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.

As previously reported, this is part of a project called Pokémon Local Acts, which tries to drum up local tourism. Manhole-spotting is a popular pastime when traveling within Japan, and folks enjoy checking out the different manholes across the country. With more and more Poké Lids being installed, that will become easier and easier.

Check out this site to locate the Pocket Monster themed utility hole covers across Japan.

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

Like, I know what a manhole is obviously, but your headline makes it sound like this is another step in the apocalypse.

“They just keep appearing! There are Muks everywhere!”

Then follows the greninjas and shedinjas