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kyonoki - 京のキー Wi-Fi trade thriving outside the PokeMon Centre

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京のキー Wi-Fi trade thriving outside the PokeMon Centre

Wi-Fi trade thriving outside the PokeMon Centre

Well, I wasn't expecting this. An innocent trip to the Pokemon Centre near Osaka Umeda station one saturday in October revealed a hidden world. The shop was nothing particularly surprising, but... ...then I got outside, and took a look around. It was a bit like the moment in a horror movie when the hero realises that all the people in front of him are actually already zombies.
I was surrounded. A family of DS players sat right in front of me. Two 'otaku' (geeks) flanking me, crouched under the giant pokemon sign. An assortment of teenage gangs, DSes in hand and playing, dotted around the coffee shops. A mother and daughter combo, the list goes on. I saw around fifty DS players, all trading wirelessly and anonymously using the new PokeMon Wi-Fi. I walked away a few rare pokemon richer, and a little impressed that these pokemon flash-mobs exist just half an hour away on the train!
  
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