Poke Ball or Japanese municipal flag?

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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  • oryandymackie - April 27, 2010 8:10 p.m.

    By the way - 'Futuristic Aiming Reticules'. Just something to think about. I'm really sorry about the double post. ...OR AM I?
  • oryandymackie - April 27, 2010 8:07 p.m.

    This wouldn't tie in with Justin Towell's excellent 'conspiracy' article, would it? ReCaptcha: vigilant agents. Nah, not really. I'm lying. ...Or am I?
  • flameking1087 - April 27, 2010 6:34 p.m.

    dude, thats pretty awesome
  • philipshaw - April 27, 2010 11:57 a.m.

    This is a Scoop
  • tomthespesh - April 27, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    @D4rk2triker Do you mean the symbol on the terminals? As they're from marathon Bungie's earlier game.
  • D4rk2triker - April 27, 2010 3:22 a.m.

    There is one emblem in halo 3 that could be mistaken for a pokeball (don't remember the name right now)
  • FrozenImplosion - April 27, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    Ok the Biratori one is like UNMISTAKABLE, it looks like a pokeball without the black outline >_>
  • Kenzo - April 27, 2010 12:17 a.m.

    this is unrealistically convenient. the japanese probably already have pokemon but they're just being stingy and hiding them from the rest of us
  • Cyberninja - April 26, 2010 11:41 p.m.

    never would of thought of that
  • xSTARMANx - April 26, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    i knew it! pokemon is taking over the world! united states flag is next....
  • theamazingmrpotato - April 26, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    seems theres an extra t in nintendo that they stole from the confederate.
  • theamazingmrpotato - April 26, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    Ninttendo are proud of their japanese heritage obviously. Sure glad they arent based in the confederate staes of the US. Whole different story it would be.
  • lovinmyps3 - April 26, 2010 11:25 p.m.

    Holy shit! It's a conspiracy!

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