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Fernando Ferreira
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I'm from portugal, but I'm really interested japanese culture.

I run an online e-zine called ClubOtaku (http://www.clubotaku.org), a portuguese website about japanese culture and now I'd like to know some of the most important japanese card or boardgames to make some article for my website.

Could you give me some names or oficial pages of these games? And if there are any european online shops where I can get some of them?
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You probably already know about this game, but it's one of my favorites. The Game Shogi is an ancient and very GOOD board game.
 
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It's a national game of other nations besides Japan, but Go is a natural. I think the classic European store for it is here:

http://www.schaakengo.nl/

Oo! There's also Riichi Mahjong:

http://eng.riichi.nl/

And Hanafuda:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanafuda

And dare I suggest Feudal Lord? Nah...
 
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A more recent game would be Fairy Tale, which is a light, pleasant filler.

If you enjoy wargames I encourage you to check out Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan. It's almost over the pre-order hump.
 
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How about a gambling card game? I used to play this one with my grandmother and grandfather.



(Actually, I was stunned to see someone had uploaded jpgs of this game, as well as a brief description of the card deck.)

There are so many different ways to win this, its a little hard to keep track of... but the colors and sets you build make the actual tracking a bit easier. I think I learned this game when I was about 9 or so.

(WHOOPS! The game is called Hanafuda.)

The cards are a little odd, hard to shuffle, as they are very, very, thick. But a nice deck is very attractive.
 
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Othello is fairly popular in Japan (way more so than in North America, anyway), and most Japanese are convinced it was "invented" there. Referencing Wikipedia, we see it was first created circa 1880 in England as Reversi (and this is the create-date that BGG lists for Othello), but then the 'modern' incarnation actually known as Othello was created and trademarked in Japan in 1970.
 
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Re: the picture post two above this one.

This is Hanafuda
 
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soltan gris wrote:
How about a gambling card game? I used to play this one with my grandmother and grandfather.



(Actually, I was stunned to see someone had uploaded jpgs of this game, as well as a brief description of the card deck.)

There are so many different ways to win this, its a little hard to keep track of... but the colors and sets you build make the actual tracking a bit easier. I think I learned this game when I was about 9 or so.


I have no idea what that game is, but it looks awesome
 
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dude163 wrote:
soltan gris wrote:
How about a gambling card game? I used to play this one with my grandmother and grandfather.



(Actually, I was stunned to see someone had uploaded jpgs of this game, as well as a brief description of the card deck.)

There are so many different ways to win this, its a little hard to keep track of... but the colors and sets you build make the actual tracking a bit easier. I think I learned this game when I was about 9 or so.


I have no idea what that game is, but it looks awesome


We enjoy it occasionally. Many Japanese and Koreans assert that it's a game of skill akin to poker, but I've never seen that aspect of it. It's a luck game wherein efficient card counters can establish a good winning percentage. It's still gaggles of fun with a raucous group and a stack of coins/chips.

A hardcore gambler's version of the game is featured in a recent movie: Tazza: The High Rollers.

You can buy a set of Hanafuda (or Hwatu, or Go Stop) cards in any asian market for a couple of bucks.
 
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And Mah Jong is very popular in Japan as well.

Check pagat.com for information about card games, popular and not, in Japan:
http://www.pagat.com/national/japan.html
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Some other BGG threads and geeklists discussing Japan and Japanese games can be found here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/user/richfam/tag/japan

and, to a lesser extent, here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/user/richfam/tag/anime
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Mermaid Rain is the best Japanese boardgame out there.

Others I have enjoyed include R-Eco (which was published in the US by Z-Man Games) and Warumono 2.

I am sure there are others, but these are the top ones of those I have played in the past 5 years or so.
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Hi, thanks for the interest in culture of my country. There are variety of games here in Japan. If you look for euro-style game, try Susumu Kawasaki. He is the most active designer so far.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/designer/4700

If you want to try traditional games, we have Shogi, Hanafuda and Marjung as other guys mentioned already.

And if you want to check more anime-like games, here is a publisher.

http://grimpeur.co.jp/

Hope this would help you. Ask me if you want to know further.

Joe
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Honto arigatou gozaimasu for all this great links ^^;
I'll check them later.
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Hi,Fernando.
Thank you ClubOtaku!
It's a great Club.I like it.

We have a very exciting partnership card game called Goita.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/31821
Goita is the most popular card game in my game circle. It is published by Grimpeur.

Doumo Arigatou.
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Fernando Ferreira
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Honto arigatou gozaimasu for your visit to ClubOtaku.
I hope you could understand some portuguese ^_^;

Anyway I already check Goita and it seams a great game. I have to get it.
I wish by magic some japanese friend send me as xmas present ^_^;


Yamasaki-san: http://grimpeur.co.jp/ is a broken link :(
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Hi Fernando, thanks for the notice. That said "under maintenance". Now back to the normal. Today I met the founder of this publisher so I could give you more information on their lineup.

Joe
 
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Fernando Ferreira
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Ok, no problem.
The website is already up. I'll check it later.
 
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Hi Joe! My name is Chuck Waterman - I'm living and teaching English down here in Kumamoto-ken. Akemashite-omedetou-gozaimasu!

You have links to GREAT Japanese rules translations for Race For the Galaxy and Cosmic Encounter. Thanks for linking to those - I'm eager to teach them to Japanese friends and this will help a lot.

Can you tell me where I can find an archive of other Euro/Ameritrash board game rules translations into Japanese? There are several I'd like to find to expand my chances of being able to get the games onto the table more often here. I'm especially interested in getting a translated copy of the rules for Agricola, Cutthroat Caverns, and Mwahahaha! (probably too soon for that last one I imagine. Drat!)

Thanks for any pointers you can give me about where on the Net to look!

Chuck Waterman
 
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Hi Chuck, happy new year too! The most largest archive is TGW.

http://www.tgiw.info/gamedata/translation.html

You also can find many rules of eurogames on following page.

http://www.gamers-jp.com/playgame/tgwmoebius.php

I haven't find rules for Agricola but Japanese version is coming on late January. Hope this will help you!

Joe
 
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T3tsuo wrote:
I'm from portugal, but I'm really interested japanese culture.

I run an online e-zine called ClubOtaku (http://www.clubotaku.org), a portuguese website about japanese culture and now I'd like to know some of the most important japanese card or boardgames to make some article for my website.

Could you give me some names or oficial pages of these games? And if there are any european online shops where I can get some of them?


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Gouwan Strike

Warumono 2

Regista alias soccer chess

Gateball?





 
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JOE! FANTASTIC FANTASTIC FANTASTIC!!!!

Thanks a ton, man! Those two sites are great resources! Bookmarked and will browse them joyfully later to find rules for any of the games I curently own that I don't have Japanese rules for. And Agricola's Japanese edition coming out is great news. Do you think it'll be popular in Japan? Maybe a limited print which will become a collector's item I bet. Thanks again!

(...now if I could only find someone who had translated Cuttthroat Caverns or Mwahahaha or (gasp) Descent....)

Chuck Waterman
 
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Nice to know that helps you. There are also Japanese version of Descent. You can get one copy at 8,500yen until 15th January. I believe that would be cheaper than English version from overseas.

http://www.arclight.sakura.ne.jp/bgame/mart/viewer.cgi?mode=...

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WOW! Again, Joe, thanks a million! Whew, it IS expensive to order games here, but if they come with rules translations it may be worth it. I usually save up and buy a large box full while I'm visiting the US every 18 months or so, but I may start using that online store. Again - thanks for the invaluable link.

Chuck Waterman
 
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