Gaming Moto Azabu

Gaming Moto Azabu


Rather than dwell on the dark side of life at this time, I decide to get my game on by heading to a store just off Azabu-Juban’s main shopping street in central Tokyo’s Minato Ward. Max Game, at the foot of Kurayamizaka (Dark Slope), is surrounded by kids of all ages sitting at tables, strategizing and laughing over decks of Yu-Gi-Oh!, Vanguard and Dream Master trading cards.

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A cluster of century-old homes in Moto Azabu.

Once a button shop, then a candy store, Max Game has for two decades specialized in everything from the flashest video adventures to used trading cards. “There aren’t many places like this,” 30-year-old manager Hiroshi Yoshida explains. “We sell what kids really want. I’d personally like to see kids getting exercise outside, but in our era, there’s no space. At least here they can get out of the house and socialize.”

Yoshida’s words float around in my head as I toggle west on the backstreet behind Max Game. Just past the venerable old building of the Salvation Army’s Azabu Corps, I almost miss a tiny sign painted on a window that reads “Antiques.” Entering a dank stairwell, feeling like a video-game avatar, I locate a low-lit room arranged with exquisite pottery, pendulum clocks and metal deskware.

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Playing Games in Saitama

Hello, all.

My name is Jason, and my wife and I are gamers. We enjoy roleplaying,
board games, and Magic: the Gathering. We’d like to invite gamers to
our house on Sundays, though a steady, weekly commitment is, of
course, not necessary. Basically, we’ve got the space, the games
(though others can feel free to bring along theirs, too), and the
time, so why not enjoy gaming?

For our roleplaying game, we’ve got a drop-in game we can do. More info here:

We love to play MtG, mainly Commander, not standard 60-card version.
If you’ve got decks, bring ’em.

We also have the board games “Axis & Allies”, “Samurai Swords”, and
will soon be getting “Mansions of Madness”.

All are welcome, so if you’re free any Sunday, drop by. If you want to
play, cool. If you want to run something, that’s also cool. Just let
us know in advance.

Place: Jason and Karyn’s house
Station: Nanasato (Tobu-Noda line)
Time: 1 pm ~ last train
Email: gilalion at gmail dot com


Golden Week Convention in Moriguchi-shi, Osaka-fu

Photo of train station in Japan by
Richard Baladad

Golden Week Convention in Moriguchi-shi, Osaka-fu

Hi there. For the third year running, we are hosting a gaming event in Osaka.

Last year’s attendance was around 35 on the biggest day, and we’re hoping for
something similar … or even better … this time around.

The convention is a 4 day event, running from Friday 29 April to Monday 2 May
and concludes with a BBQ dinner in the park near our house.

On the first and last day, it will be held at our house. We have booked large
community centre rooms for the Saturday and Sunday, which we are expecting to be
the two biggest days. As always, it’s a fully catered event – no need to leave
the venues to find food 🙂

We have created a bunch of polls on the Kansai JIGG site for this year’s
convention attendance. You’ll need to join the Kansai JIGG to answer the polls.

Here is some important information you’ll need in order to do that.

This year the fees will be as follows:

Per day: 1,500 yen including food and drink throughout the day. This is usually
a self service all day sandwich and salad bar or similar, with various snacks
and soft drinks provided.

Accommodation: 1,000 yen per night at our place including breakfast and your own
special corner of the floor, complete with cat wake up call. If we’re full, we
can try to find a billet or recommend some local places.

Sunday evening dinner: 500 yen extra, as it will be provided at a local Indian
restaurant which is 2 minutes’ walk from the venue – and fabulous.

Monday BBQ: 1,000 yen per person – this covers all the food, but please bring
your own drinks.

Please let us know in the polls if you are interested in running or playing RPGs
or miniature/wargaming. It makes it easier for us to coordinate these.

Please bring your family, even if they aren’t interested in gaming. We will
provide space for them and non-gaming family is FREE!

The more the merrier. If you have some Japanese friends who are interested,
please invite them along. This is not a foreigner-only event.

If you have any questions, please ask.

Ryan & Linda