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I'm trying to put together a list of Japanese games, and I can use some help. There isn't much when you google Japanese board games, and I haven't found much on the geek either.

So I'm starting this geeklist hoping for the collective knowledge of the geekdom to come add brain power to my paltry offering so far.

Please add anything to this list that comes from Japan, originated in Japan, is played popularly in Japan, or has Japanese designers/artists/etc, or can in whatever way be associated with Japan.

Thank you!
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1. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:70]
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The classic. While it may have originated in China, it seems to have come to the west via Japan, and so it's often associated with Japan. And it's super popular, from what I understand, so it fits in the list.
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2. Board Game: Tanto Cuore [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1129] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
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Japanese anime maids. Yup, that works. ^_^
 
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3. Board Game: String Railway [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1391]
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Look for anything that Japon Brand put out.
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4. Board Game: R-Eco [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:1004]
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Like this.
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5. Board Game: Parade [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:644]
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Or this...
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6. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:528]
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Or nose around Z-Man's smaller games and you'll find a Japanese game or two.
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7. Board Game: Barbarossa [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2622]
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Scantily-clad anime women is a good hint.
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8. Board Game: Shogi [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:772]
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Or you could just fall back to the classics.
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9. Board Game: A Most Dangerous Time: Japan in Chaos, 1570-1584 [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:1858]
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Originally published in Japan.

Not sure how many of the designers (maybe all?)
titles were as well.
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10. Board Game: Mahjong [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:441]
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....and in the 1960s and 70s this was apparently HUGE with Japanese salarymen, despite being from China.
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11. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1562]
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There are plenty of small hobby designers who self-publish their games. You'll never see them outside of Japan but the build quality can be surprisingly high.
 
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12. Board Game: 1889 [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:1354]
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A game of railroad building on Shikoku Island by Yasutaka Ikeda based on 1830: Railways & Robber Barons.
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13. Board Game: Taikyoku Shogi [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
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I know normal Shogi's already here, but I couldn't resist a chance to acquaint others with this monstrosity. For more in formation on it and several other Shogi variants, look here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shogi_variant

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14. Board Game: Duel Masters Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:5231]
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This game used to be printed in both America and Japan, but it seems American interest dwindled, because Wizards of the Coast now only sells it in Japan.
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Lil Red Head wrote:
Please add anything to this list that comes from Japan, originated in Japan, is played popularly in Japan, or has Japanese designers/artists/etc, or can in whatever way be associated with Japan.


To prevent a flood of Manga-related games, I'll just put this here now, to cover all of them.
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16. Board Game: Hanafuda [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:2243]
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My other posts weren't too spectacular. I think this is the type of thing you were hoping we'd show you.

Here's the description copied and pasted from the game's page:
Hanafuda cards originated in beginning of 18th-century Japan.
Legend saids stewards of Edo Shogunate created it from Portuguese playing cards.

A deck consists of forty-eight cards divided into twelve suits of four cards each. Each suit represents one of the twelve months of the year or individual plants (almost flowers).

The cards are small (about 1 x 2 inches), made from stiff cardboard, and are beautifully illustrated.

Many different games can be played with a Hanafuda deck.

Old days, the standard game was called Hachi-Hachi (means Eighty-eight). Although it bears some resemblance to the Western game Casino, Hachi-Hachi is a much more complicated and subtle game.

Nowadays, the standard game is Koi-Koi.

Re-implemented by:
Go Stop, the game using Hwatu (화투, 花闘), Korean Hanafuda.

Edit: Replaced game names with geek links.
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17. Board Game: Code of Bushido: ASL Module 8 [Average Rating:8.32 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.32 Unranked]
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ASL ... yes, this is my Desert Island Game. If I have to give up all my 3000+ games and only allowed to keep one, this would be it. This bloody game stood the test of time. Around for more than 25 years - simply the best.
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There are literally hundreds of cosims on the market that deal with Japanese forces in World War II.

Listing them all would create a mega-geeklist, so I chose the Japanese ASL module as a representative game here.
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Founding Fathers: try your hand at being President.
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19. Board Game: Square on Sale [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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Abstract building game with othello-like "changing other`s pieces in between to your own pieces" mechanism.
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20. Board Game: Navia Dratp [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1305]
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Shogi with collectible Monsters ... wow
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21. Board Game: High School Election [Average Rating:5.81 Unranked]
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Another Japon Brand game ...
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22. Board Game: Kaigan [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1577]
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To add to Luke's comments...

Inotaizu was recently republished as Kaigan. Designed by, made in, and all about Japan.
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23. Board Game: Traders of Osaka [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:754]
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This one is designed by a Japanese lady.
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24. Board Game: Dunk Jam [Average Rating:4.44 Unranked]
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I traded with a Japanese guy years back and picked this up.
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25. Board Game: Fun Dive [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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And this
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