Thousands of Pikachu bounce into Yokohama, Japan

Pikachu used swarm, it was super adorable!

It looks like there’s an annual event starting in Japan, and it’s the cutest and most fun thing ever. Last year, in an event called ‘Pikachu Tairyou Hassei Chu’, which means “An outbreak of Pikachus”, hundreds of Pikachu swarmed the city of Yokohama, dancing through the streets with an almost disturbing synchronicity. After the success of last year’s event, it seems to be happening again, from August 8th to the 16th, this time with a dance theme and under the name ‘Odura? Pikachu Tairyou Hassei-chu!’ (Will They Dance? Pikachu Outbreak!)

Up to 1000 Pikachu are currently swarming the city of Yokohama’s Minato Mirai area, dancing, bouncing, and posing for pictures. The Pikachu Beach House Café is open in Yokohama’s Akarenga Red Brick Warehouses serving plenty of Pokémon-themed food and drink. As if that wasn’t enough, there are parades of giant Pikachu performing coordinated dance routines through the city, and on August 15th and 16th tourists and locals will be able to gather in the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse for the ‘Pikachu Dance Party.’ It seems there are moves being made to revitalise the area of Yokohama through cultural arts and tourism, and the Pikachu parade is helping with this by being part of the larger dance festival ‘Dance Dance Dance @ Yokohama 2015.

We only wish we could catch ‘em all.

Update: Dreams do come true! The Pikachu are hitting London on August 15th for ‘Summer in the City’, brace yourselves.


Main Image: Flikr © Yoshikazu TAKADA