GARDEN CITY: A port city on the northern side of Shikoku. Once had a large tower, that was burned down – a new, modern tower has been built to replace it, finished only recently. It has a beautiful garden, built in the 17th century, with a tea house and exhibits for arts and crafts, as well as many ponds full of koi. The town also features the “Water Castle”, built 550 years ago. Based on Takamatsu.
CIANWOOD: A large, costal port city, with ties to both Shikoku and Johto. Because of this, it has an open, liberal culture.
Cianwood was originally built on the indigo dye industry, and was famous for the Otani-yaki, traditional huge clay pots used to hold indigo dye. It now also has a world-famous Pharmacy, restaurants, nightlife, and Shikoku’s Safari Zone. Has a yearly Dance Festival, where dancers dress in fine indigo-stained silks and dance through the streets for days.
Whirlpools off the coast make navigation difficult, but its location and convenient bays keep it a worthwhile port – and larger, more modern ships can avoid or plow through the whirlpools, anyway,
Finally, Cianwood also has the first two temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage, and is the traditional starting point for the pilgrimage. Based on Tokushima and Naruto.
Cianwood has a more fusion-style culture because of its location and openness to the world; it has Shikoku history with Johto modernism. Based on Tokushima and Naruto cities.
PLAYHOUSE CITY: Cianwood’s sister-city, but one more often ignored by traders and merchant-ships. Most famous for its many playhouses, including many puppet theaters. These playhouses perform many traditional plays, making Playhouse City a haven for history-buffs.
PINE TOWN: Although technically considered one large city – the largest city in Shikoku, by area – Pine Town is actually many small farming towns that have simply butted up against one-another hard enough to join together. Has the oldest Hot Spring Bath House in the country. There are 8 temples in this city (each of which was originally in a separate small village). Every year, Pine Town hosts the Mikoshi Festival, a traditional, symbolic battle between two Legendary Pokemon of yore. Based on Matsuyama.
PICAROON BAY: Sometimes called Clauncher Bay, as well. This is a large port town on its own little island, far out in Shikoku’s southern bay. It once served as the sole point of contact between Shikoku and the outside world: ships from other lands were only allowed to weigh anchor here, and all external goods had to flow through the town.
Even today, it’s a haven for both legitimate shipping and piracy, sometimes on the same ship. Because of this, the town is seen by many as a port for rogues, both noble and black-hearted – and not unfairly so.
MAES CITY: Founded as an enclave for artists during the days of Tokugawa, Maes City has always been a place that invites all comers. A sprawling, bohemian town, Maes City is Shikoku’s capital for arts of all kinds. From its yearly Remix Festival, to its huge manga industry, as well as music, painting, drawing, and sculpting – to name a few! – Maes City is a happening place right now.
MILK TOWN: Town on the south-west side of the island. Has a “Geiya” festival, with dancing and bullfighting (literally two bulls fighting each other). Has a fertility shrine and sex museum. Based on Uwajima.
HIBISCUS BAY: A small town in the south-east point of Shikoku known for its flowers, primarily hibiscus. ALso known for its deep symbiotic relationship with the sea Pokemon, with whales and dolphins frolicing with humans. Has a lighthouse. Based on Muroto.
LUMA TOWN: Village on the south side of Shioku. Has a yearly Firefly Festival, celebrating the insects common to the area. Based on Shionoe.
ANTIMONITE VALLEY: A small mining town in the mountains south of Pine Town. Though remote, it provides much of the island’s supply of Evolution Stones, and its mines have also produced some of the largest naturally-occurring Evolution Stones in the world (many examples of which are in museums the world over). It also produces antimony, giving it its name; the substance is used in pyrotechnics and glitter, as well as many local celebrations.
CRABCHITIN VILLAGE: A small town on the southeast on Shikoku. Originally a wheat-farming town, but converted to farming Krabby, Corphish, and other delicious chitinous Pokemon after a flood a hundred years ago. They celebrate all such Pokemon. Based on Migu.
JOHN’S LOOKOUT: A village on the southwest corner of Shikoku. The town was named for a prominent explorer, and how the townspeople always kept a vigil for his return. The town still maintains that vigil in the form of a lighthouse on a nearby peninsula. Based on Tosashimizu.
HYDROLEC CITY: A small metropolitan city, and the main power source for the Shikoku region. A large dam is powered by snow melt from the interior mountains, providing hydroelectric power. The town is also known for its novelty fans, a niche industry. Based on Mitoyo and Marugame.
Points of Interest
MOLINO ISLAND: Island off the northeast of Shikoku. Famous for beaches, olives, poets, and windmills – a kind of Meditteranean in Shikoku. Based on Shodo Island.
NEO-BISHI ISLAND: Known for Mitsubishi Materials, a major manufacturing site. Based on Naoshima.
MT. REFLECTION: Named not for its albedo, but for the tendency of travellers who climb it to reflect on themselves, their lives, and their future. A tall, tall mountain in the mid-west of Shikoku. A small restaurant halfway up its face is famous for its cold Somen Noodles. The shrine atop Mt. Tsurugi is considered one of the most difficult ones to reach. Based on Mt. Tsurugi.
Real islands with real locations:
FIN ISLAND: A tiny island town famous for its small fish (Magikarp and Goldeen, among others), farmed as a food source. Based on Ibuki Island.
GRIME ISLAND: Famous for a major industrial waste scandal. Its original name was quickly lost in the aftermath of the spill. Based on Teshima Island.
PLANK ISLE: Sailor school, Marine Memorial Park. A port town. Based on Awashima.
SORROW-SWEET ISLAND: Graveyards! Two graveyards – one to bury, one to pay respects. Much of the island is abandoned. Based on Takamijima Island.
MARMALLOW ISLAND: A small, sleepy town. Known for a local snack food. Has a small museum for cross-ocean voyages; legends say sailors going on those voyages made this island their last stop before open ocean to stock up on the gooey snack. Based (loosely) on Honjima Island.
SHELL ISLAND: An island off the southeast of Shikoku. Known for the sea turtles that congregate in its crystal-clear waters. Has a small shrine, staffed by a single person in a lifelong appointment. When they say ‘farewell’, they tie ribbons between the place and the thing leaving, to symbolize bonds formed (the thing tied to is supposed to then untie the ribbon gently, to preserve it – snapping it is seen as rude). Based on Okinoshima.
BLUSH ISLAND: A small island off the southeast of Shikoku. It’s known for its rose gardens, restaurants, and a shipyard. Nowadays, it’s primarily a tourist destination. Based on Oshima.
DOG ISLAND: An island with a large population of dog-shaped Pokemon. Has some old brick refineries. Based on Inujima.
TINYBEAN ISLAND: Really well known for coffee – which is strange, because the island is actually not well-suited for growing coffee at all. Wikipedia doesn’t have much on this place. (Barely) based on Suo-Oshima.
Made-up islands or based on islands elsewhere in Japan, so they can go anywhere at this point:
FORT TWELVE: An island with an abandoned military base on it, from World War II. Modeled after Chichijima.
RABBIT ISLAND. An island totally populated by rabbit-esque Pokemon, and well-known for their rice cakes. Based on Kunoshima.
SNAIL ISLAND: An incredible variety of (some kind of Slug-like Pokemon – Sligoo? Magcargo?) live there. They are threatened by the imported Rattata, Gogoat, and even foreign snail-like Pokemon. Based on Hahajima.
BATTLESHIP ISLAND. Not so much an actual island, as an actual battleship, lodged in a thick, sharp rock formation and utterly incapable of movement. It’s been taken over by scavengers, pirates, and even oceanographers at one point or another. During the Pashmiri occupation, Battleship Island was one of the few places to remain free of colonial influence – while the ship might not be able to move, its massive cannons still work just fine.
CONTEMPLATION ROCK. A small island monastery that hopes to become a Gym. Their practices are focused around concepts of balance, both internal and external.
BAMBOO ISLAND. The island for the BC Mission I still haven’t finished. A large mountain in the sea with a thick bamboo forest on one side and an ash desert on the other, with a lagoon separating them in the north and a small village separating them in the south. Renowned for the bamboo it grows, which are perfect for making shinai.
BIRD ISLAND. Mostly known for being a giant volcano with earthquakes, but it’s also a nesting-home for many bird species. It’s far out into the ocean from Shikoku. All the plants there have black or blue leaves, rather than green.
FOOTFALL ISLAND: A small island known for its love of running and marathons. Based on Etajima.