In 2011, the entire world witnessed the tragedy which befell Japan as a series of powerful earthquakes and tsunamis rock the country between March and April.
Three years after the tragedy, Nintendo’s popular Pokemon franchise has built the “Playground for All” in one of the worst-hit areas of the disaster, Fukushima, which not only suffered yet another strong earthquake in April 2011, but also experienced one of the worst nuclear disasters in history which has been dubbed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incident.
The project not only involved Pokemon, but also Tsutaya and Yahoo! Japan. Thanks to this collaborative project, an indoor park has been constructed for the kids who have suffered various traumas during the disaster to forget their worries and play. A large Pokemon-themed sandbox can be seen inside the facility for these kids to play in. Pikachu was even present for the facility’s opening.
Tsutaya meanwhile has released a special Pokemon T Card which will help give funds to the area and Yahoo! Japan is currently doing an internet fundraising drive to gather funds for the Playground for All Project. The Pokemon With You project, which has helped much in the reconstruction of Iwaki City, Fukushima has visited a temporary housing project for the victims and entertained the kids who have experienced the disaster first hand.
The Playground for All Project aims to not only the children who will be the future of Fukushima prefecture, but also the community which has suffered so much this past few years thanks to the series of disasters they have experienced.
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Pokemon Playground for All opens in Fukushima for victims of the 2011 Earthquake