Pokemon may have been a brief fad in other countries, but in Japan, love for the strange battling creatures continues to this day.
While exiting Osaka Station, I saw numerous brightly colored signs for the Pokemon Center, so I set off camera in hand to check out what was going on.
The Pokemon Center turned out to be a section of a department store dedicated to selling Pokemon toys. Shelves were packed with keychains, glove puppets and action figures.
Cleverly there were shopping baskets positioned at the entrance so kids could get all the items they desperately needed.
Customers taking a break from shopping were playing Pokemon computer games.
So there you go, Pokemon culture is alive and well. In the words of Pikachu. “Pika, Pika!”