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Isra C.
Valdemoro, Madrid
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But first I want to remember how the idea of playing a Japan-themed game in Japan came off.

In February, we travel to Carcassonne and we brought two oversized meeples to there and put it in places simulating we were playing with the city.
This MEeple is more oversized than others.

And because we have a travel edition of Carcassonne, in our board game illness the idea showed up: What if we play a game of Carcassonne in Carcassonne?

So did us! We played a game of Carcassonne in Carcassonne unlocking a sort of a gamer achievement Even we had a cool story about it.
While we playing, a US women passed by our side and
-“You’re playing Carcassonne in Carcassonne!”
- “Yeah, that’s cool right?” we said
-“Totally!! I played this on my iPad a lot and I didn’t know that it has a physical version!”

She didn’t know that Carcassonne is actually a boardgame

So when the time for the honeymoon trip to Japan was close, we decided to make the #JapanBoardGameWeek and play every game about Japan we had in our collection. We played Nippon, Honshu, EDO, Samurai, Sushi Go! and Traders of Osaka and it was really nice because there were a bunch of them that we didn’t played it for a while.

We wanted to do something similar in Japan. We thought about what game to carry with us and, despite to wanted to play a game of Nippon in Japan, we kept our heads cool because we went there for tourism, not for spending 2 hours in a board game . So we chose Honshu since we were travelling across Honshu Island… and so did we! We played a game of Honshu in Honshu.

We played on a beautiful park in Tokyo called Koishikawa Kōrakuen. Many people passing by and staring at us to see what we were doing hahhaha. No one came close really.

The man with the hat doesn’t understand a thing

But we wanted to do MORE. We made a wedding gift that includes two meeples that were bought in the Hans im Glück online shop (the sold bags of 100 in one color, so we bought 200 ) and we saw this mini expansion:Carcassonne: Japanese Buildings (that was an omen!)

And we had planned to visit at least 4 tiles of them! (The fifth, the Pagoda, was close to Kyoto but we were too tired to travel to there). So we brought this tiles across Japan and took these 4 pictures:

Now we have 2 excuses to return to Japan: We have two tiles left for visiting

Today we head to Frankfurt for a quick trip around there. We tried to do something about it like Japan but we couldn’t. At least we’ll eat a sausage and buy some games

And you? You did board game related things for your trips?
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