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The Sunflower Continent is where the Katamari games take place. The Prince is sent here to collect items by his father, The King of All Cosmos. The continent is composed of several cities and countries, and has several islands surrounding it offshore. Many people, animals, and unusual objects inhabit the Sunflower Continent, including mythical and magical creatures. Though the Sunflower Continent does not represent any real country or continent on Earth, it has objects and locations based on different countries. Strangely, the Sunflower Continent does not appear in any of the stages where the continents of the planet are clearly visible in Katamari Damacy and in We ♥ Katamari. In Beautiful Katamari and Katamari Forever, the Sunflower Continent is located somewhere in an empty stretch of the south Pacific, more specifically, where Hawaii should be. It should be able to be completely rolled up by the time the player can move to other continents

Economy

The main currency that is used in the Sunflower Continent is the Yen, we know this as we roll around products in the Supermarket in Beautiful Katamari, there are prices for things flinging for ¥50. Another way we know that the continent uses Yen is that during the Money and Shopping levels for Katamari Forever, the more expensive or more we use our budget, the currency is shown in Yen, however for We ♥ Katamari (North American release), the Money stage uses United States currency instead of displaying Yen, possibly hinting that the continent also uses American currency.

Another way we can tell that the Sunflower Continent uses Yen is that we are to roll up coins and bills in different levels. More importantly, the dollar bills found in the game are fictional as they’re ¥1,000 bills, but they’re stylized in American Dollars and it claims to be “The Katamari Game Money” as it’s written on the back of the bill. There are even 1 Yen coins, 5 Yen coins, 10 Yen coins, 50 Yen coins, 100 Yen coins, 500 Yen coins, silver coins, gold coins, old coins, big coins, diamonds, and 1.000g gold bars as other forms of money.

Politics

Almost nothing is truly know about the Sunflower Continent’s form of government, all we know is that there are Governors who are very rich and important men who reigns over hotels and amusement parks, as stated by their descriptions respectively.

Education

Kushima City Hiyodori Academy

School is an important factor for the Sunflower Continent, and it appears that a whole great number of them exists in the whole continent. In Katamari Damacy, the main school that we usually see is the Komon Junior High School, this is the most seen school in Katamari Damacy, there are other schools like an elementary school, high school, and college.

In We ♥ Katamari, the main school we see in this game is the Kushima City Hiyodori Academy, where we there’s a mixture of elemtary, middle school, and high school students, all within the same building. The school has a courtyard where students play sports or do physical activities, a pool area, a gymnasium, and a second main building.

In Beautiful Katamari, we see that the school is a High School, it’s like the Kushima City Hiyodori Academy where there’s a main building, gym, and courtyard, but it lacks a pool and second building and it’s right next to a river and train tracks.

The school faculty is usually composed of a principal, an assistant principal, a P.E. teacher, a relaxed teacher, a veteran teacher, and a teacher.

Climate

The weather for the Sunflower Continent can vary dramatically, it has shown to be quite random and quite unpredictable, most of the time, the weather for the continent is sunny, or partly cloudy. As seen in the Clouds stage for We ♥ Katamari, we see how the area can get very cloudy and stormy, the continent shows to have heavy rainfall with rain fronts scattered everywhere.

Clouds

As seen in Coolhouse in Beautiful Katamari, it is possible for it to snow in the continent, and as seen in Roller Roaster it's possible for the surrounding area to climb up to hundreds or thousands of Celsius especially around the surrounding area of the hot katamari.

The Sunflower Continent lies on the Tropic of Cancer, which can explain it's hot temperatures every now and then.

Transport

There are many different types of vehicles that can be seen going about in the Sunflower Continent. The many types of vehicles include cars like compact cars, vans, limos, monster trucks, taxis, bikes, scooters, buses, race cars, cable cars and roller coasters. The continent also has many highways and roads that go around and connect to different islands.

There are even boats that be rolled as well such as canoes, sail boats, rafts, pirate ships, cruise ships, oil tankers, and yachts. The oceans around the continent is littered with nautical vehicles.

Trains are also an important means of transport for the Sunflower Continent, in the games, you can be able to see a set of train tracks that are always in use. Different trams, locomotives, and trains are able to use these tracks.

There are also aircrafts that are seen Flying in the air or around the katamari in game, these types of air vehicles include hot air balloons, helicopters, airplanes, and even UFOs.

Wildlife

Zoo Bear

The Sunflower Continent is the natural habitat for an array of different land, aquatic, avian, and mythical creatures. There are a whole number of animals that can be found naturally in the Sunflower Continent, that can easily be found in other continents like Africa or Asia.

The different land animals that be spotted includes gorillas, camels, cows, sheep, mice, deer, kangaroo, giraffes, and all types of insects like spiders and butterflies. The animals in the Sunflower Continent don’t behave like other animals found else in the world, for example there is a zoo called “The Mother Nature Memorial Zoo”, in this zoo, the animals are able to roam freely and there little to no barriers that contain the animals and allows for people to actually interact with the animals whether it be a calm sheep or ferocious tiger. The most notable land animal that is famous in the Sunflower Continent is the Red Panda, it’s not an ordinary red panda, it’s a actual panda bear where instead of it being black and white, it is red and white, they're are an endangered species and that’s the whole goal for the Money stage in We ♥ Katamari, it’s said that they get their red color from eating red fruits like cherries and strawberries.

Underwater Fish
It’s amazing how much aquatic life can be found in the continent, there exists all kinds of fish and whales that reside in the continent’s oceans. What’s more interesting is that the aquatic life is so diverse in the continent that a single pond can house all kinds of fish, crabs and even cephalopods. The Continent also houses Giant Octopuses, Whales and Manta Rays that are of hundreds of meters tall.
Tigers

There is also the number of avian animals that take flight all around the continent, the continent seems to be plenty if flamingos, sparrows, eagles and even plenty in the mythical Phoenix.

Aside from normal animals that can be found all over the world, the Sunflower Continent is known for the amount of mythical creatures that be spotted all over. As said before the Phoenix is a prominent example of this as well as the fact that dragons, Pegasus, centaurs, and fairies all in habit the continent as well. The continent is also home to two very strange creatures, the Holy Cow and the Cowbear, two extremely unusual animals that reside within the continent.

Geography

On Earth

The Sunflower Continent with Relation to the USA.

Geographically, the Sunflower Continent usually houses a gigantic volcano, an icy glaciered area, a futuristic floating landmass, a particularly rainy area and a mushroom city, with islands, mushrooms, or tornados that surrounds the central land that you normally start off. There are islands, mushrooms, or tornados that border the outer part of the continent and acts as a barrier from going to far into the world. The scenery across all the games seem to change over time, but they all relatively show the same kind of scenery no matter which game. After passing the 3k mark and being able to see the Sunflower Continent at a greater height, the entirety of the continent is a archipelago of scattered islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Generally, the central part of the Sunflower Continent or the main area you start off, changes from game to game, but every version of this central part of the Sunflower Continent always seems to include, small residential towns, a mountain range, a part of East Asia with the Great Wall of China, a New York Area with Staten Island and Statue of Liberty, a part of the Western Coast of the United States with Hollywood sign, an airport, a huge desert, and a Jurassic zone.

Outside of this central area, the areas often include a Space Shuttle Island, Pink Flowery Island, a Fake Mountain Island with space shuttle inside, a glaciered polar region, a volcanic region with giant active volcano, a Flatland Island with burial mound, a floating futuristic landmass, a Skyscraper Island with giant skyscraper, a cluster of Mushroom Islands, a Rainy Island or Area, An Autumn Island, a giant cluster of clouds, and a Oni Island.

After the 3km Mark

Once a Katamari has become large enough, more of the continent can be explored, including other cities and countries. Oddly, countries resembling China, Japan, Korea, France, and the US are all on the same continent. The central volcanic mountain of the continent is even called Mt. Fuji. Outlaying islands include Ayers Rock and Easter Island. Other islands exist further out to sea, but the Sunflower Continent appears to be the only major land mass in stages that involve it.

Locations

The types of locations you can find are as follows:

Houses

Most games in the series begin inside the Hoshino's house or apartment. Here, the goal for the Katamari is generally small, but can also lead out into the city where the Katamari can get much bigger. Despite the Katamari being present, the family oddly tends not to notice it until it's become large enough to roll them up.

Towns

After the house stage, the next location is the town. While normally this starts out as just a fairly small neighborhood, it opens up into the larger part of the city, where more people, animals and things can be rolled up.

Cities

After the town comes, you are able to roll around in the city. You are able to roll up more and more people, it's a sensible area with cars, trees and small houses to roll up. Depending on the game (and level of the game, for that matter) the city can be inland or on the coast. The city is almost completely collectible, with cars, buildings, and even land formations being rollable.

Lands

After you're done rolling around the city, you are able to roll beyond the city and go into the land region, here you are able to roll up buildings and firm structures, you should be able to roll up monuments and more fairly small evil creatures like the Neck Monster at this point of the game.

States

When done with the Land portion of the stage, you should be able to roll around different states within the game, meaning you should be able to roll up a great number of buildings, bigger evil creatures, and you should be able to roll up islands, clouds, and forests now that you are at this size. At this point crossing the ocean shouldn't be as difficult as before.

These are the names of the locations that appear throughout all of the games:

Katamari Damacy

KD Continent

Houses

[5cm-1m]

Towns

[10cm-12m]

Cities

[3m-60m]

  • Salt Island
  • Seal Island
  • Black Salt City

Lands

[60m-200m]

  • Kamome Park Site
  • Crab Mart Island
  • Sun Tan Beach Island
  • Crane Island
  • Goldfish Island
  • Teacup Island
  • Circus Island
  • Farm Island
  • Harbor Island
  • Black Salt Island
  • Abuku Island
  • Splash Island
  • Manmade Island
  • Top Shell Island
  • Whale Mountain

States

[200m-300m]

  • Big City Ruin

We ♥ Katamari

WLK Continent

Houses

[5cm-1.5m]

Towns

[20cm-3m]

Cities

[3m-12m]

  • Whale City
  • Champs Élysées

Lands

[12m-60m]

States

[60m-300m]

  • US West Coast
  • New York
  • Piece of East Asia
  • Piece of West Asia
  • Piece of India
  • Piece of Europe
  • England

Me & My Katamari

Sunflower Continent 1

Wheat State

Sunflower Continent 2

Corn State

Sunflower Continent 3

Rice State

Houses

[5cm-20cm]

  • Shimano House
  • Joushima Villa
  • Model Shop

Towns

[20cm-1.5m]

  • Sakura Town
  • Maple Town
  • Oak Town
  • Birch Town

Cities

[1.5m-10m]

  • Strawberry City
  • Melon City
  • Banana City
  • Persimmon City

Lands

[10m-70m]

  • Radish Land
  • Potato Land
  • Zucchini Land
  • Bamboo Land
  • Truffle Desert [50cm-3m]

States

[70m-500m]

  • Rice State
  • Corn State
  • Wheat State

Sunflower Continent

[500m-1500m]

  • Sunflower Continent

Beautiful Katamari

BK Continent

Houses

[5cm-3m]

Towns

[20cm-3m]

Cities

[3m-12m]

  • Kawasemi City

Lands

[12m-60m]

  • White House site
  • Harbor
  • Heron Island
  • Staten Island
  • Theme Park
  • Dam
  • Airport
  • Emerald Mountains
  • Polar Bear Mountains

States

[12m-60m]

  • West Coast
  • New York

Katamari Forever

Lands

[20cm-3m]

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