Last week I introduced my trip to Japan, and talked about the Arcades. You can find the article here. This week it is time to catch ‘em all! Being in Japan means being bombarded with popular franchises. On every corner of the street you can find references and merchandise from Studio Ghibli, Shonen Jump and the likes. I even saw an art theater in Kyoto which had a play based on Naruto! Two franchises stand out however and can be found literary everywhere: Hello Kitty and Pokémon. The little white cat with the red ribbon combats the yellow mouse with the red cheeks for most exposure: You can find them on food, toothpaste, shampoo bottles, umbrellas, as plush figures in the claw games or as tiny figurines in the gashapon (toy capsule machines). Throw a rock and chances are you hit something with Pikachu or Hello Kitty on it. I could write a whole column about Hello Kitty, but let’s not do that and instead focus on the worldwide phenomenon that is Pokémon, and exactly how big it is in its home country.Pokémon in the StreetsAs I said before, it is hard to wander around a Japanese city without seeing some reference to Pokémon. Kids go by wearing their Pokémon hat or backpack. G...