It is a traditional strategy game that has since been rooted into the culture of not just China and Japan, but also Korea to Tibet over centuries. In recent years, Go has started to make its way across the entire world including Europe and even America as far as competitive sport goes.
The annual Hagoita-Ichi is an annual Battledore Fair which occurs every year in mid-December.
Let's play a word game. I'll start with the name of a place, like a city, state, province, or country, and you tell me the name of a different place that starts with the last letter of the city I mentioned. For example, if I say Rome, you might say Ethiopia. Which would mean I need to say someplace that starts with A. So, I'll use Aichi, which is a prefecture here in Japan. Then you start with I and so on and so forth.
The next time you have an important decision or negotiation on the line, even if it is just a 100 yen discount, don’t forget “jan ken pon!”
Rock-paper-scissors is, hands down, the most popular game among Japanese school children. But even the most interesting game in the world can grow stale after a thousand hands or more. When this happens, the only thing to do is to iterate the game. Which brings us to acchi muite hoi!
For many families, the bonding and togtherness aspects of New Year’s culminate in gathering around the kotatsu, a low, heated table, watching t.v., eating, drinking, and playing games. The two most common, and perhaps most traditional games are Karuta and Hanafuda.
You may have seen the news or posters in various Tokyo Metro stations : there's currently a Real Escape Game going on in Tokyo ! Here's a report from Taiken Japan staff.
Here's a new and fun way to explore Tokyo ! From November 9th until December 27th, you will have the opportunity to play a puzzle-solving game while walking in the streets of Tokyo !