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Pokemon isn't just a game - it's a lifestyle. When you're a Pokemon fan, you can't help but constantly make connections to Pokemon in everyday life. So while we were scrolling through Pink Tentacle's list 50 Japanese town logos with kanji, which led us to Wikipedia's list of Japanese municipal flags, we couldn't help but notice how many of the designs look strikingly Poke Ball-esque, in the sense that they're circle-shaped and so are Poke Balls.
Above: Our national flag, in the alternate universe where Chinpokomon actually exists
Above: The municipal flag of Biratori, in the subprefecture of Hidaka in Hokkaido. Look at that Poke Ball! LOOK AT IT!!
Coincidence or not? The Kanto region of Japan (the only region that shares its name with a Pokemon region) boasts the most flags that look like Poke Balls.
Funabashi, Chiba prefecture, Kanto Region: simple yet effective
Konosu, Saitama prefecture, Kanto Region: a bit abstract but the connection is there nevertheless
Chuo, Tokyo prefecture, Kanto Region: a striking resemblance set off with a regal flourish
Arakawa, Tokyo prefecture, Kanto Region: stark and fururistic
Matsudo, Chiba prefecture, Kanto Region: it's easy to imagine that a Pokemon is about to pop out in a flash of light
Choshi, Chiba prefecture, Kanto Region: a larger button for quick release
Kita, Tokyo prefecture, Kanto Region: a minimalist take on the capsule silouette
Taito, Tokyo prefecture, Kanto Region: practically hits you in the face with its aggression
Hachinoke, Aomori prefecture, Tohoku region: another futuristic take with an interesting use of perspective
Akita, Akita prefecture, Tohoku region: calming and tranquil
Yokkaichi, Mie prefecture, Kansai region: imagine throwing this baseball-inspired Poke Ball at your first wild Pokemon
Kyoto, Kansai region: artsy with good use of contrasting olor
Moriguchi, Osaka prefecture, Kansai region: understated elegance with fat lines and a slight asymmetry
What other real-world items remind you of Pokemon? Let us know in the comments below.
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