I just joined this forum.
I used to collect Pokemon cards when they first came out ( base set somewhere at my parents place ).
But now I have 3 kids and I am starting to get back into it.
But the issue is... I find the Japanese cards more interesting and better looking with all the different art.
I am not a avid collector just buying booster packs whenever I am close to a shop that sells them.
I have just bought my first Japanese Booster box. Dream League. $93 AUD free shipping from Japan.
Is this a good place to start? or do I just stay with the English cards?
I just started back too. I would stay with Japanese cards based on your description. I have gotten some Japanese cards (would recommend Matchless Fighters, excellent art) but mainly English, and there is definitely much better QC for JPN. Their rares are also better, but they don't have reverses.