Yes, that’s right! As of May 14th, Japanese prefecture Iwate has just made Geodude its official tourism mascot. The kanji used in Iwate (岩手) literally means rock (岩 iwa) and hand (手 te). That’s why, Geodude was the perfect choice!
Geodude was also considered a perfect fit because of Iwate’s characteristic Tottori Sand Dunes, making him an amazing tourism mascot.
Fun note: Since Geodude is basically a rock with arms and doesn’t really have legs, the mascot costume has white and grey checkered pants as a substitute, and that is the official pattern to symbolize transparency in photo editing softwares like Photoshop. So it’s basically there for us to imagine that his legs don’t exist. Nice move!
To celebrate the occasion, the Pokémon Youtube channel has released a music video where Geodude dances to rock music and promotes Iwate’s best attractions.
JET Press Team