I thought that I would give a small update on my Japanese Red leg of the journey. I finally got my batteries replaced and found an hour to sit around and catch Pokemon. (I lost to my rival battle in order to catch more Pokemon). Most of the reason why I haven't advanced yet is because I'm getting incredibly unlucky with running into a level 5 Pikachu... I might just give on that one soon. I still have 8 more Pokeballs, so I'll go catch more copies of the Pokemon once Pikachu comes into my grasp.
Currently Obtained Pokemon (All Pokemon are at Level 5):