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Japanese mobile games

There are many mobile games available to download in Japan. The most popular has been Puzzle and Dragons with about 18 million sales. The second most popular is Monster Strike.

However an American developed game based on Japanese Anime characters has just been released. It is looking to overtake the top two mobile games in Japan. I guess you can already guess what game we are talking about !

Find out more below and read this Japanese learner's blog by Igarashi sensei to improve your Japanese listening and vocabulary.

Pokemon Go








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Pokemon Go

The application called Pokemon Go is really popular isn't it. The attraction of it is that you can play it the real world. The other day, it was finally released in Japan, so following my child's request, I downloaded it too.

The game is easy to play. You click on the Pokemon character that appears on the map, and you can catch it by throwing a PokeBall at it. You can collect Poke Balls at places called Poke Stops. And using the Pokemon characters that you collected, you can play battles at places called Gyms.

Children get into it and want to walk around but, on hot summer days they have to be careful not to get heat stroke. This game has caused problems in several countries. Walking while looking at smartphones is especially dangerous. Please set your mobile phone to vibrate when a Pokemon character appears, when moving around put the phone in your pocket, then when it vibrates, take care of your surroundings and move to the side of the road.

The Japanese government National center of Incident readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity have issued a warning of guidelines to take care when playing this game. If you are going to play the Polemon Go game, please take a look - it'll be good practice for Japanese too !

魅力(みりょく)charm; fascination; attractiveness


熱中症(ねっちゅうしょう)heat stroke

歩(ある)きスマホusing smartphones while walking



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