In recent interview with Junichi Masuda, the director of Pokemon, the creator revealed where he got the idea of the Hoenn region from. In short, the location was inspired by Masuda’s trips to the countryside as a child to visit his grandparents. He loved the juxtaposition of traveling from a huge city such as Tokyo to a much more rural location.
“So [Hoenn] was inspired by when I would go and visit my grandparents when I was younger. I grew up in Tokyo, which was obviously a big city, and my grandparents lived in Kyushu, a Japanese island. It was really completely different there. Where I came from we didn’t have clean rivers or a lot of insects or wildlife, but when I visited my grandparents I got to experience that abundance of nature – I’d got out and catch bugs, play in the river, catch fish in the ocean, explore forests.
I really wanted to express those childhood memories with the Hoenn region when I first thought about Ruby and Sapphire. It’s expressed in how abundant the nature is compared to some of the other settings, and also in the idea of secret bases, which was like making tree-houses or a special fort when I was a kid.
One of the original themes was this idea of abundance – not just of nature, but of how warm people are in the country, and people were always so nice to me there. Neighbours would say hello to me on the street. That’s the hidden meaning: the abundant bonds between people and nature.”
Recently, The Pokemon Company released Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, both of which take place in the Hoenn Region!
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