Happy 5th birthday, Pokemon Go

The game itself tells me the anniversary was yesterday, but I don’t remember Britain getting the game until pretty late on and I have no idea of the actual day. I guess that means I can celebrate the birthday whenever! Here’s some of my favourite snaps I’ve taken over the past five years.

In a way these silly Pokemon photos double as a little photo album of places I’ve been over the past few years. Every picture has a memory attached, however faint, which I’m very grateful for. Happy birthday POGO!

New Pokemon Snap

After a lot of running around from sold-out store to sold-out store today I was able to net myself a copy of the new Pokemon Snap! Strange to think the last one came out more than 20 years ago (and I didn’t even get to play it the year of release because I was a child with no Nintendo.)

LOTS of fun. Still trying to work out how to do the “friends” thing. But here’s some of my fave Snaps I’ve taken so far:

25 Years…


On this day, 25 years ago, a journey began.  A boy named Red had to choose between a dinosaur plant, a fire-breathing lizard, and a water elemental turtle as his first companion on this long journey.  And an untold number of people would make this boy’s choice and travel this amazing journey in his footsteps–through towns and cities, through forests and caves, across mountains and seas–all to discover a world filled with the most marvelous creatures, and to stop a group of unscrupulous people who sought to control them.

And thus, something truly wonderful came into being–a journey that gave rise to so many more journeys for others to take though various other lands and discover more creatures and have more adventures, as well as spin off a tale of another boy named Ash, and his lightning mouse as he gathered companions through the same lands, one after another.

My own journey into the Pokémon world started with Red’s and Ash‘s, almost simultaneously, when Pokémon hit the US two years after its initial release in Japan.  It’s not hyperbole to say that it changed my life and shaped me into who I am today.  There’s something truly special about being at the start of something that continues to grow and inspire to this day.

But it doesn’t matter who you started with–whether with Red (or Leaf) or Ash, with Ethan/Gold and Lyra/Kris, with Brendan and May, Dawn and Lucas, Hilda and Hilbert, Nate and Rosa, Calem and Serena, Elio and Selene, or Victor and Gloria.  This day is our day–a day to celebrate the journeys and the characters who helped shaped us in some way.

And as we prepare to revisit Dawn and Lucas’s journey later this year, we look forward to what’s next–all while looking back at how we got here.

Happy 25th Anniversary, Pokémon.  It’s been an incredible journey, and one we’ll continue to travel for many years to come.

Happy 25th birthday, Pokemon

It’s so strange to think Pokemon is younger than me. But I remain eternally grateful it exists.