There’s a new sight to take in for anyone heading to Fukushima in Japan. Nine newly branded “Chansey Poké Lids” are Pokémon manholes you can find around Fukushima. This is a continuation of plans to place Pokémon manholes around Japan, as the effort has been going on for a while already. Also, don’t forget Slowpoke is the mascot of Kagawa Prefecture.
Any Pokémon GO players in Fukushima will be able to locate these Poké Lids right away. They’re currently being programmed into the game as unique PokéStops that will use the individual Poké Lid designs. There’s no word on whether these PokéStops will have an increased chance of Chansey spawns, but it would be a nice touch if they did.
Chansey was actually designated as the Fukushima Support Pokémon last year. Chansey is said to echo the etymology of Fukushima because it is known for bringing happiness and “fuku” actually means luck. Also, Chansey’s egg may be seen to symbolize the great variety in fresh produce that Fukushima is known for.
Last year there were also two Chansey-themed events. The first event was at Code F-9, a problem-solving and city-walking event, where people could seek out Chansey in 25 areas in Fukushima. The second event was the Fukushima & Chansey Peach Festival. This saw attendees picking peaches, eating peach-flavored sweets, and of course buying Chansey merchandise.
You’re unlikely to visit the region anytime soon if you don’t already live in Japan, but be on the lookout for Chansey Poké Lids if you get to go in the future.