Thousands of giant Pikachus are taking over this Japanese city

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Pokemon fans rejoice! There is a Pikachu festival that fills up a Japanese city with gigantic versions of your favorite yellow companion. The name of the festival is Pikachu Tairyou Hassei Chu, which translates to "An outbreak of Pikachus" and it happens annually in Yokohama, the second largest city in the country.

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According to the International Business Times, the celebration started as a week-long festival to celebrate the release of a movie around the character in 2014, and it is now coming back for the 2015 event. During the previous edition, more than 1,000 Pikachus populated the town and took part to shows across the neighbors such as dance-offs and parades.



The event occurs right before the Pokemon World Championship which opens on August 21st in Boston and will see opponents combat for a total of $500,000 in scholarship awards. Even though the Pokemon franchise was invented 20 years ago, the colorful pocket monsters are more alive than ever.

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Thousands of giant Pikachus are taking over this Japanese city
Dozens of people dressed up as Pikachu, the famous character of Nintendo's videogame software Pokemon, dance with fans as the final of a nine-day 'Pikachu Outbreak' event takes place to attract summer vacationers in Yokohama, in suburban Tokyo, on August 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Dozens of Pikachu characters, the famous character of Nintendo's videogame software Pokemon, march at the Landmark Plaza shopping mall in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on August 13, 2015. The Pikachu mascots walk around daily to attract summer vacationers as a part of the 'Pikachu Outbreak' event through the weekend. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
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People wearing hats depicting Pikachu, a character from Nintendo Co.'s Pokemon game title, look on inside a shopping mall during the Pikachu Outbreak event hosted by The Pokemon Co. in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. A total of 1,000 Pikachus appear at several landmarks of the city during the event which will be held through Aug. 16. Photographer: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Dozens of people dressed up as Pikachu, the famous character of Nintendo's videogame software Pokemon, dance with fans as the final of a nine-day 'Pikachu Outbreak' event takes place to attract summer vacationers in Yokohama, in suburban Tokyo, on August 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
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A girl walks toward a dozens of Pikachu balloons placed along side of a river in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on August 13, 2015. The Pikachu mascots walk around daily to attract summer vacationers as a part of the 'Pikachu Outbreak' event through the weekend. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
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サングラスピカチュウ♡ダンスしてる姿もキュート♡ #ピカチュウ大量発生チュウ#ポケットモンスター#ポケモン#ピカチュウ#ダンス#ディスコ#横浜#桜木町#サングラス#可愛すぎる#なんでも出来ちゃうピカチュウ
夏の赤レンガとピカチュウ #赤レンガ倉庫 #桜木町 #ピカチュウ #Pokemon
People wearing hats depicting Pikachu, a character from Nintendo Co.'s Pokemon game title, stand inside a shopping mall during the Pikachu Outbreak event hosted by The Pokemon Co. in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. A total of 1,000 Pikachus appear at several landmarks of the city during the event which will be held through Aug. 16. Photographer: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
People take photographs as performers dressed as Pikachu, a character from Nintendo Co.'s Pokemon game title, march during the Pikachu Outbreak event hosted by The Pokemon Co. in Yokohama, Japan, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. A total of 1,000 Pikachus appear at several landmarks of the city during the event which will be held through Aug. 16. Photographer: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg via Getty Images
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: A life size Pikachu character from the anime and game series 'Pokemon' at Hyper Japan, the UK's biggest Japanese culture event on July 10, 2015 at The O2 Arena in London, England. (Photo by Daniel Sims/Getty Images)
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And if that wasn't enough, check out this video where a Pikachu connoisseur takes you on a POV tour of the city:


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