(From Asahi Shimbun)
As “Pokemon Go” fever continues apace, its popularity is proving both a curse at many of Kyoto’s temples and shrines during the packed holiday season, and a blessing at others.
Yasakajinja shrine in Higashiyama Ward, which is famous for the Gion festival, is one such religious center. It intends to ask the game developer to remove its “pokestop,” a portal where players can obtain useful items for the game, set up in its premises.
No trouble has arisen yet, but it considers that playing smartphone games is “inappropriate at a sacred place,” and has been rebuking people playing it in front of the main building of the shrine. Read more