Like Lapras? Do you like the northern Tohoku region? Then you are in luck.
From manhole covers to countless collaborative products, Pokémon has partnered with Japanese tourism organizations to promote areas that are popular as well as those that may not be. One tactic has been to assign each prefecture a “Support Pokémon” – much like an Ambassador – and since 2019, Lapras has served Miyagi Prefecture in northern Japan.
Besides the collaborative goods, there are tourism hot spots that are even more worth visiting now thanks to Lapras’ presence. Until January 16, 2022, Pokémon Franchise Partners With Tourism In Northern Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture For A Limited Time Cafe Lapras. The cafe will feature ten adorable and delicious foods, drinks, and desserts featuring the Water-type Pokémon.
This Lapras seafood gratin plate, for example, has a Lapras-themed mashed potato.
Some menu items also include Geodude and Chansey, the official Pokémon ambassadors of Iwate and Fukushima prefectures, Miyagi’s neighbors to the north and south. For example, this Geodude Keema Curry features a Geodude-shaped mound of rice surrounded by keema curry and salad.
Looks like he’s in his natural habitat!
Each menu item is very focused visually, like this one Chansey Chirashizushi (basically like a mix served on a plate of different sushi items) that uses seafood ingredients for which northern Japan is famous.
▼ You can eat the colorful vegetables and seafood with Chansey rice.
And of course the desserts are something to look forward to, like these Blue Lapras Pancakes. They offer Zao cream cheese, a local specialty from another prefecture in northern Japan, Yamagata.
They also have ice cream and a bright blue sauce to garnish them.
Everything will happen at Cross B Plus Café in Sendai City. Reservations are required to dine inside the restaurant, but if you can’t grab one, some of the menu items are available to take out! After the cafe opens from the New Year holidays on January 4, you can get the Lapras Wave Pudding, as well as the specialties Lapras, Geodude and Chansey lattes, to take away.
▼ Slats are available for 680 yen (US $ 5.91) each.
Geodude latte is a Darjeeling tapioca latte, Lapras’s is a classic tapioca milk tea, and Chansey’s features berries mixed into tapioca peach tea.
▼ The pudding (pictured right) is 600 yen, and it comes already in an easy-to-carry jar!
So if you are in the area at the start of 2022, consider passing! And if you’re not, there are bound to be even more Pokémon-themed locations and events to look forward to in the New Year.
Lapras Café Cross B Plus / ラ プ ラ ス Café Cross B Plus
Miyagi-ken, Sendai-shi, Aoba-ku Oomachi 1-1-30, Shin-sendai building 1st floor
1-30 1 階
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed from December 29, 2021 to January 3, 2022
Sources: PR Times, Lapras Miyagi
Featured Image: PR Time
Insert images: PR Times, Lapras Miyagi
Sources: PR Times, Laplace Miyagi
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