Slowpoke is Kagawa prefecture’s official Pokémon ambassador. The prefecture and the Pokémon decided to make this connection because Kagawa is associated with udon noodles and Slowpoke’s Japanese name, Yadon, is close to the word “udon.”
So as the ambassador for Kagawa, it only makes sense to come out with merchandise.
And this is only the start, it seems. On March 19, Kagawa will also be getting a Slowpoke vending machine that’s designed to give people ‘Udon Prefecture X Slowpoke’ merch.
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.