Pokémon plane takes off in Japan

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … Jigglypuff?

Some Pokémon-themed airplanes are starting to appear in the skies in Japan. Solaseed Airlines, a local carrier based on the Japanese island of Kyushu, debuted a Pokémon-painted plane on December 19. Its maiden flight was from Miyazaki City to Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

The plane is part of a tourism collaboration between The Pokémon Company (which owns and licenses the characters) and various regions of Japan. Miyazaki, on the eastern coast of Kyushu, is the eighth prefecture to join the partnership.

Each prefecture is assigned a dedicated Pokémon of its own. Miyazaki’s is Exeggutor, chosen because he resembles the phoenix palm tree that is native to the area, while the northern island of Hokkaido has the Alolan Vulpix (suited to cold weather, which is fitting for the snowy prefecture) and Fukushima is represented by pink-colored Chansey, who has powers of healing.

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