I came across this odd photograph while scrolling through my Twitter account last night shared by Masashi Kawashima of Niantic Labs. There Appear Some Lapras and i guess it’s was a Lapras Event in 2016
I told a few acquaintances about it and chalked it up to really good luck. I was scrolling through my page when I saw a post from Pokémon GO Japan.
We verified that the frequency of encounters with Lapras has grown around the coasts of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures. It seems that it will continue till November 23rd.
It’s time to go where you can enjoy the Tohoku district! We feel that there are many more wonderful things to discover besides Pokémon GO.
Great news! It has been established that the likelihood of seeing Lapras in Iwate, Miyagi, and the Fukishima coast has grown significantly. This abnormality seems to last till November 23. Come breathe the Tohoku air! Apart from Pokémon GO, I’m sure there will be many more exciting discoveries!
This Thoku-only event is sure to make fans in other parts of Japan and throughout the globe envious. (As of the publication of this essay, this writer has yet to see a single Lapras in the wild….) Yet, the event will most certainly draw much-needed visitors to the regions worst hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. It was most likely the intention of game creator Niantic Labs with the in-game event.
Niantic Labs and the municipal governments of Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, and Kumamoto Prefectures launched a tourist partnership initiative in August. Miyagi Prefecture likewise declared in August that it was allocating 30 million yen (US$290,144) to Pokmon Go-related costs in its yearly budget. The prefecture thought that advertising PokStops and Pokmon-catching possibilities would attract people, so it decided to establish public play areas and kiosks selling items from neighboring prefectures, including Kumamoto (a Kyushu area badly damaged by earthquakes this year).
With Japan being the origin and home of Pokmon, it is only fair that the nation gets the first of the non-holiday Pokmon Go events. Maybe other coastal places across the globe will see similar incidents shortly as Niantic Labs evaluates the outcomes of this one.
For the time being, local gamers who are careful and keep safe while playing may take advantage of the restricted incentive. Nevertheless, since coastal places may be perilous and prone to severe winds, Lapras hunters should proceed with care. One supporter wrote, “I believe it is best not to make (Lapras) visible during typhoons or inclement weather along the beaches. It’s perilous.”
Lapras Event in 2016 My Opinion
The Lapras Event was a regional event in Pokémon GO.
Lapras spawned most often in the wild and from Incense or Lure Modules in coastal areas of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures:
The approximate translation for the event announcement was:
Listen up everyone! It has been confirmed that Lapras is now easier to find in the coastal regions of Iwata, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures. The phenomenon will continue until November 23. Please go out and journey in Tohoku! There are many wonderful discoveries to be made beyond Pokémon Go.
- One of the event’s stated goals was to boost the economy of the areas hit hardest by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
- This event was cancelled a day early due to magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima, followed by tsunami warnings.
- The Lapras Event was the first regional event announced for the game.
- ↑ Event Announcement. Twitter. Retrieved on 2017-03-24.
- Ritchie, R. (March 4, 2017). Pokémon GO Japan Events. iMore. Retrieved on 2016-03-24.
Visit these gorgeous spots, Pokémon Trainers of Japan, and capture those Lapras! You have until November 23rd, 2016 to submit your application.
Niantic staged a unique Pokémon GO event in Japan’s Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture, and Fukushima Prefecture in November, all of which were affected by the 2011 Tsunami.
The goal was to pique players’ attention and give the ailing region’s tourism economy a much-needed boost; to do this, Niantic made the location a hatching place for the elusive monster Lapras – the same uncommon beast that created pandemonium on Tokyo’s streets in September.
The idea worked well, and it is now believed that 100,000 people visited the area, producing around $2 billion (approximately $17 million) in tourism income.
Of course, Niantic will have gained a fortune from this event as well – no doubt many of those visitors would have purchased stuff in-game with real money to guarantee they grabbed as many’mon as possible during their trip – but that doesn’t take away from the reality that it has given the region a boost. It would be fascinating to see whether Niantic decides to repeat the trick in other parts of the globe that have been hit hard recently.