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I've got a three week business trip to Tokyo coming up in February, and I was curious to see if there were any game groups that would be willing to let me join them for a night, or perhaps someone willing to take me to a game shop and help me find fun and unique games. Bearing in mind, of course, that my Japanese is non-existant (it's an adventure!). I would, of course, be willing to mule some American games over if they're small.

Also, if anyone knows any games I should pick up while there, I would love to hear about them.
 
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Well, I can't give you any exhaustive information, but when I go to Japan, I always visit Yellow Submarine. I prefer the one in Shinjuku.

I can't say what games to pick up, but I tend to love the weird japanese board- or cardgame, and I try to pick up whatever I find that I can carry home.

This map's in japanese, but the huge red thingie on this map is Shinjuku station, showing the Southern Exit.

http://www.yellowsubmarine.co.jp/shop/shop-017.htm
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Japan`s International Gamers Guild (JIGG):
http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/JIGG/

Gaming map of Tokyo (in Japanese):
http://www.tgiw.info/etc/link-t.html
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Nathan,

I help organize the JIGG monthly gaming day here in Tokyo. The next one is Jan 26. Following that, the next one will probably be March 1. We'll end up skipping the one in Feb. Nothing is finalized yet though.

Which weeks are you here. I could be up for some gaming regardless and I know some of the other guys are always up for more gaming.

Let me know.

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If you have spare time in Wednesday, there is a weekly boardgame meeting in Yellow Submarine in Akihabara between 1:00PM to 8:30PM. This is not English meeting but no charge. Free. You can join if you are interested in Japanese gamers. Some of guys can speak English and I think I can help you if I were there (usually 6:00PM to 8:30PM). If you want to make sure if I was there, just mail me. We played with some western guys before and there are only few problems to play games even if you can't understand Japanese. Gaming itself is a language. I hope you will have great time in my country.
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What's the difference (aside from location, of course) between these two branches of yellow submarine?
http://www.yellowsubmarine.co.jp/shop/shop-017.htm
http://www.yellowsubmarine.co.jp/shop/shop-029.htm
Both sell boardgames and other types of games. Which of the two would be the best place to look for Japanese wargames and other non-Euro and non-TCG/CCG stuff?
Or would Shosen be a better place for that?
http://www.shosen.co.jp/hp/mart/index_mart.html
 
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Lajos, I asked a couple of guys about the topic. People said there is not big difference between two yellow submarine stores. Sounds like about same. And if you are interested in Japanese wargames, yellow submarine has better lineup than Shosen. On the other hand, if you are looking for US games, Shosen might be better choice. I recommend yellow submarine Akihabara. Even you can't find good game at the store, Shosen is near. You also can try Yodobashi Camera Akihabara for monopoly, life game, go, shogi and other non-gamers games for better price.
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Lajos wrote:
What's the difference (aside from location, of course) between these two branches of yellow submarine?
http://www.yellowsubmarine.co.jp/shop/shop-017.htm
http://www.yellowsubmarine.co.jp/shop/shop-029.htm
Both sell boardgames and other types of games. Which of the two would be the best place to look for Japanese wargames and other non-Euro and non-TCG/CCG stuff?
Or would Shosen be a better place for that?
http://www.shosen.co.jp/hp/mart/index_mart.html
I haven't seen the Shinjuku store since 2003. I went to the Akihabara store just four months ago.

In my recollection, the Shinjuku store focuses more on miniature gaming like Warhammer and is in a basement. The Akihabara store is in a tower and has a decent sized role-playing/tabletop/miniature gaming room with a few tables. The people there have always looked friendly. I know some wargamers go in there too. I chatted with a couple of them.
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I went to the Shinjuku store last week, the basement is more for cards, there is another yellow submarine in the same building, second floor with plenty of boardgames, nice collection, not as big as the akihabara yellow submarine, but for sure it doesn't pale away.
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Hey all: I'm a huge tabletop RPGer (www.j-rpg.com/talk), and buy all my Japanese RPGs from the Akihabara Yellow Sub. The Shinjuku yellow sub is great if you're looking for US/International RPGs, but Akihabara has the best local collection of regular and indie J-RPGs.

For boardgames, though, I've found it very surprising that the TOKKYU HANDS in Shinjuku (right outside the station, next to Kinokuniya) is a great place to pick up both traditional and modern Japanese board games (the first floor), both in regular and travel sizes. They have all sorts of hanafuda, shogi, go, etc sets next to copies of contemporary Japanese board games. Plus, it's really easy to spot and make time for, since it's not too out of the way.

-Andy
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I just came back from a visit to (among others) the Shinjuku Yellow Submarine. They have a nice collection of Euro games and some imported wargames as well. All in all a fine shop, but I couldn't find anything to suit my obscure interests however. Maybe I'll try Akihabara next week, although that neighborhood gives me a headache just thinking about it...
(I didn't check out Tokyu Hands, but I'm sure that I will soon since Shinjuku is right on the way between central Tokyo and home.)
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gccw1800 wrote:
If you have spare time in Wednesday, there is a weekly boardgame meeting in Yellow Submarine in Akihabara between 1:00PM to 8:30PM. This is not English meeting but no charge. Free. You can join if you are interested in Japanese gamers. Some of guys can speak English and I think I can help you if I were there (usually 6:00PM to 8:30PM). If you want to make sure if I was there, just mail me. We played with some western guys before and there are only few problems to play games even if you can't understand Japanese. Gaming itself is a language. I hope you will have great time in my country.
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I love the Akiba Yellow Sub. I visit it every time I go to Japan
 
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I was going to post an update here, but there's so much to say I'll just create a geeklist instead.

Thanks everyone for the info, and please read the forthcoming geeklist for specifics if you are interested.
 
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gccw1800 wrote:
You also can try Yodobashi Camera Akihabara for monopoly, life game, go, shogi and other non-gamers games for better price.
Yodobashi in Akihabara also has Simpei, which is worth owning.
 
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