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With Saga Prefecture currently only known for its zombie idols, the region has looked to branch out and find a more kid-friendly attraction. As part of the construction of the new Kusukaze Square redevelopment in Matsubara, Saga City, which opened on May 14, Pokémon and the Saga City Water and Sewerage Bureau unveiled new Pokémon manhole covers for the square – a first for the prefecture.
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The manhole covers, which are dubbed “Pokéfuta”, all feature Meowth and its different regional forms on hot-air balloons. These visuals are both a reference to Saga’s popular hot-air balloon attractions and that Team Rocket in the Pokémon anime seems to have an endless supply of Meowth-shaped hot-air balloons.
The Pokémon Company donated the Pokéfuta to Saga prefecture as part of its campaign to install Pokémon manhole covers in all of Japan’s prefectures, with these being the 253rd to be installed in now 25 prefectures. Only 22 more prefectures until The Pokémon Company has caught ’em all!
Source: Saga Shimbun
Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.