Why is Pokémon so Chinese influenced and not Japanese?
1.Arcanine - it's pokédex entry says it is an ancient legendary "Chinese" pokémon.
2.,3.Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan named after Chinese martial artists Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, but none named after any Japanese martial artists.
Rayquaza after the Chinese dragon? There is a Korean dragon. And Ho-oh after the Chinese phoenix?
And Arceus based after the Chinese qilin?
And there was a lot of suspicicion that Infernape was based after the Chinese Sun Wukong monkey from Journey to the West.
Gyarados after another Chinese dragon..
There's probably a lot more, feel free to submit any world culture.
The only things that are based on other culture is the 3 Jewish mythology creatures, the Japanese Spiritomb 108 factor, Ninetales after Japanese creature, and Golduck after a Japanese Kappa creature.
By the way, does anyone think Satoshi Tajiri is a millionaire? For some reason I don't suspect he became nearly as rich as J. K. Rowling.
I'm a bit disappointed we know almost nothing about him (at least, for 2008 and 2007). Does anyone suspect he is a millionare by now? Or does Nintendo and Game Freak suck up all the money?
I heard that after G/S/C came out, he had 1,035 pokémon (which was pretty emphasized in the TPM forums around 2001).