Stay Near Hakone and Play Games?

Stay Near Hakone and Play Games?

Hakone is a stunning area of Japan not far from Tokyo. There are a couple of guest houses stocked with board games that are free to play. Sightsee during the day, and play some of the many games available at Kevin’s Guesthouse and Merry Lue’s Guest House in Minamiashigara City, not far from Hakone Yumoto.

Exploring the Enchanting Wonders of Hakone: A Must-Visit Destination in Japan

Introduction: Nestled in the picturesque mountains of Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, Hakone stands as a mesmerizing oasis for both locals and tourists alike. Boasting stunning natural landscapes, soothing hot springs, rich cultural heritage, and magnificent views of Mount Fuji, Hakone offers a myriad of experiences that captivate the hearts and minds of its visitors. Whether you’re seeking tranquility, adventure, or cultural immersion, Hakone has something to offer for everyone. Let’s delve into the enchanting wonders of Hakone and discover the exciting activities and attractions that await you.

  1. Admire the Majestic Mount Fuji: Hakone’s location on the eastern edge of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park provides an extraordinary vantage point for gazing at Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji. Be sure to ride the Hakone Ropeway, a cable car that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Capture awe-inspiring photographs from Owakudani, a volcanic valley famous for its sulfurous fumes and hot springs. Witnessing the silhouette of Mount Fuji against the backdrop of Hakone’s natural beauty is an unforgettable experience.
  2. Soak in the Healing Waters of Onsen: Renowned for its therapeutic hot springs, Hakone is the ideal destination for indulging in a traditional Japanese onsen experience. Choose from a variety of exquisite ryokans (traditional inns) and ryokan resorts that offer private and communal baths. Unwind and rejuvenate your body and soul as you soak in the mineral-rich waters amidst serene surroundings. Popular hot spring areas include Hakone Yumoto, Gora, and Tenzan.
  3. Explore Hakone Open-Air Museum: For art enthusiasts, the Hakone Open-Air Museum is a treasure trove of creativity. This unique museum showcases a stunning collection of contemporary sculptures and artworks by both Japanese and international artists. Stroll through beautifully manicured gardens, immerse yourself in thought-provoking installations, and even bathe in a hot spring foot bath while enjoying art exhibitions. The combination of art and nature creates a harmonious and meditative atmosphere.
  4. Cruise Lake Ashi: Embark on a scenic boat ride across the serene Lake Ashi, an ancient crater lake formed by volcanic activity. Revel in the tranquility as you glide along the azure waters, surrounded by lush green mountains. Enjoy unobstructed views of Mount Fuji, as well as the iconic Hakone Shrine’s torii gate standing tall on the lakeshore. Cruising Lake Ashi is a fantastic way to experience the region’s natural splendor.
  5. Wander Through Hakone Shrine: Immerse yourself in Japanese spirituality and culture by visiting the renowned Hakone Shrine. Nestled in the forested hills near Lake Ashi, this Shinto shrine exudes a serene and mystical ambiance. Take a leisurely stroll through the sacred grounds, admire the striking architecture, and participate in traditional rituals. The vibrant red torii gates and the serene atmosphere create a sense of tranquility and reverence.
  6. Ride the Hakone Tozan Railway: Embark on a scenic train journey aboard the Hakone Tozan Railway, a charming mountain railway that winds its way through lush greenery and picturesque landscapes. Marvel at the engineering feat as the train navigates steep slopes, tunnels, and bridges. The slow pace and the enchanting views along the route make this ride a memorable experience.

Conclusion: Hakone is a destination that captivates travelers with its natural beauty, cultural heritage, and tranquil ambiance. From admiring the majestic Mount Fuji to soaking in soothing hot springs, exploring art amidst nature, and embracing the spiritual side of Japan,

I am Hakone

Tet Offensive

Tet Offensive

Tet Offensive in Da Nang

Da Nang Airfield

The Tet Offensive was a major military campaign launched by the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong on January 30, 1968, during the Vietnam War. The offensive was a coordinated series of surprise attacks on cities and towns throughout South Vietnam, including the city of Da Nang.

Da Nang was one of the largest cities in South Vietnam and was a strategically important location for both the United States and the North Vietnamese Army. The city was home to a large American military base and was also a major transportation hub for supplies and troops.

Quonset huts before the attack

The North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong launched a series of attacks on Da Nang during the Tet Offensive, targeting American military installations, government buildings, and other strategic targets. The attacks were initially successful, with the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong briefly taking control of parts of the city.

Da Nang

However, the American military quickly responded to the attacks, and after several days of heavy fighting, they were able to retake control of the city. The Tet Offensive was a turning point in the Vietnam War, as it demonstrated the strength and determination of the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong and showed that the war was far from over.

Da Nang’s Quonset huts

Pictured: Quonset huts at Da Nang Airport, Vietnam.

Gundam meets Warhammer

Why the Japanese lost the Battle of Midway

Why the Japanese lost the Battle of Midway

Kevin R Burns

Why did the Japanese lose the battle of Midway?

The Battle of Midway was a significant naval battle fought between the Japanese and American forces during World War II. While the Japanese had a superior number of aircraft carriers, they ultimately lost the battle due to several factors:

  1. Intelligence Failure: The Japanese underestimated the strength of the American forces and didn’t expect them to be waiting for them at Midway. However, the Americans had broken the Japanese naval code and were aware of their plans.
  2. Strategic Errors: The Japanese had split their forces, with some ships attacking the island while others attacked the American fleet. This decision allowed the American carrier planes to attack the Japanese fleet without any significant opposition.
  3. Tactical Errors: During the battle, the Japanese made several tactical errors, including launching their planes in waves instead of all at once, which allowed the American defenses to prepare for each wave. Additionally, the Japanese bombers were not equipped to attack ships at sea, and the torpedo planes were slow and vulnerable to attack.
  4. Loss of Key Personnel: The Japanese lost several key personnel during the battle, including Admiral Yamamoto’s Chief of Staff, which hindered their ability to coordinate their forces effectively.

Overall, the combination of intelligence failures, strategic and tactical errors, and the loss of key personnel led to the Japanese defeat at the Battle of Midway.

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JIGG`s Co-founder launches a Kickstarter!

Gaming Humor by Stan!

By JIGG co-founder STAN!Creatures & Competitions, The Fantastical Olympic Games – Kickstarter!You can see the project’s promo page here:…/creatures-and…You can see the promo video here: here are a couple of promo images, in case you have somewhere you want to use them:Stan! … the Home of All Things Stan! … Gaming Humor by Stan!”Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Gandhi“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.” — Carl Jung

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Alternatives to Games Workshop

Alternatives to Games Workshop

Warmachine & Hordes by Privateer Press: Dystopian Wars, Firestorm Armada & Firestorm Planetfall by Spartan Games: (Check out Teri’s Planetfall Unboxing here:…) Malifaux 2E by Wyrd:… Wild West Exodus: Star Trek Attack Wing:… D&D Attack Wing: Bushido: Strange Aeons: Zombicide:

Playing Old Games on a Modern Computer

Playing Old Games on a Modern Computer

Here is advice for if you want to play an old game from a CD-Rom

If you want to play old games on a computer that uses Windows 10, and use DosBox. Here are some screenshots to help you.

If you are downloading old games but not using Steam or GOG, you can run most with DosBox. Steam and GOG make the old games ready to work on your modern computer.

Download DosBox and read the instructions. But hopefully these screenshots and Nolls video below ( where these screenshots are from), will help you!

If you are an idiot (like me) who has kept his games from 30 years ago, follow these steps below.

Nolls on YouTube


JIGG Kanagawa

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Imperial Hobbies in Vancouver

Imperial Hobbies in Vancouver

If you go to Vancouver for sightseeing or are lucky enough to live there, be sure to check out Imperial Hobbies. It is my longtime favorite game store.

They will ship as well, so you can order online.

Imperial Hobbies

Contact Us

+1 604 273 4427

115 – 6080 Russ Baker Way Richmond, BC V7B 1B4 Canada

Be Careful of Etsy

Be Careful of Etsy

Be very careful if you order from Etsy, there is a shopping cart glitch that orders two of the product for you. And some of the shops have a : cancel within the hour policy. I just got stuck having to pay for two of the same thing.

I will be buying two DnD, DM screens….sigh

I ordered from Lockwood Smith . They have a policy that no matter what, if you don’t cancel within one hour of ordering, it’s a done deal. Not very kind if you ask me.

Of course in one hour, you are unlikely to realize there is a problem.

Buyer Beware!

DnD Basics

This is a resource listing:

5E Quick Reference:

And this is the D&D basic rules

And this is the basic

Step by step for the Druid class

Finally, a video discussing the class

Additionally, a glossary. Actually a dictionary- using almost-people words!

JIGG Kanagawa Board Games Club

JIGG Kanagawa Boardgames Club

Do you like to play boardgames? Do you live in or can you come to Kanagawa?

Join Us!

Get in on the game!

We play boardgames of all kinds. New members always welcome! Membership is free!

We speak Japanese and English! Come if you love to play board games, wargames, role playing games or strategy games. Traditional games like chess are also played.

Contact Kevin

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