鳥居 / Max's Boardgame Blog

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Max Lampinen
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after some busy years...
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What's this blog?
It's a blog for my thoughts about boardgaming. Nothing flashy.

What's 鳥居?
鳥居 is Japanese word, in Western letters the word would be torii. I thought it'd be funny name. Before you ask, no I'm not Japanese and neither am I manga/anime fan. I've watched like 4 anime shows, which is probably more than most people have, come to think of it. Anyway.. I do have some interest in Japanese culture, mostly via writers (i.e. Haruki Murakami and Yasunari Kawabata). I study literature in university (hopefully I'll actually graduate one day) and I hate traveling, for me books are major way to experience cultures. If I could travel to any one country, it would be Japan though.

Anyway, to the point. Torii is like a gate from profane to sacred in Shinto religion. Why is it relevant or funny? Well, here on BGG people like to talk about gateway games. It's like this barrier from bad games to awesome games, to sacred ground. Well, I love some of those so-called bad games. And I love gateway games, and I hate how people are sometimes elitist about them. If you don't like games like Ticket to Ride, you probably won't like this blog.
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