Code of the Cardboard Samurai
Code of the Cardboard Samurai 14: Japanese Pioneer Vocab 101

Code of the Cardboard Samurai 14: Japanese Pioneer Vocab 101

January 21, 2020

The Pioneer format has exploded in popularity in Japan recently due to the upcoming Magic Fest in Nagoya. GP Nagoya will be the first ever Pioneer GP along with GP Brussels in Belgium. As some of you might know, I started my blog around Avacyn Restored and soon afterwards I began keeping an up to date Japanese to English vocabulary page on my blog, www.thejapanhobbyist.com. If you've been listening to my past podcasts then you know that I posted another episode about basic Magic the Gathering vocabulary you need to know to play MTG in Japan. You can find that episode here. In today's episode I'm joined by a special guest and level one judge in Japan, Taichi Nishizawa. We go over all of the vocabulary from Return to Ravnica block to Theros Beyond Death, and explain how to use the vocabulary while playing a game in Japanese. If you're a Magic player living in Japan, visiting for a Grand Prix or other event, or just want to practice speaking Japanese, give it a listen! 

Code of the Cardboard Samurai #11 - Magic Fest Nagoya

Code of the Cardboard Samurai #11 - Magic Fest Nagoya

October 27, 2019

Planning on coming to Nagoya for a Magic Fest in the future? Or how about visiting it on the way to a Magic Fest in Shizuoka or Kyoto? If so, this episode is right up your alley. In episode 11 we continue our series on Magic Fest locations and talk about all things Nagoya. We discuss the upcoming event in November 2019, the new event hall, transportation, things you can do around the event both before and after, and all the delicious food you can eat in Nagoya! Check it out to get some ideas for your next MTG trip!

Code of the Cardboard Samurai 10: “Trader”ous

Code of the Cardboard Samurai 10: “Trader”ous

October 10, 2019

If you've lived or played Magic the Gathering in Japan before, then you've probably noticed that events here have always been hit or miss when it comes to trading. The Grand Prix/Magic Fest circuit is no stranger to drama related to trading, and even trading in stores is frowned upon most of the time. So what's a person going to an event to do with their trade binders and boxes? In Episode 10, I once again have Ed Nguyen of the Cartel Aristocrats podcast on to discuss what it's like trading cards in Japan compared to other parts of the world he's traveled to, and how trading has evolved since the laws surrounding how vendors do business was changed. We hope the advice and tips we give you in this episode help you out the next time you go to a big event in Japan!

A Guide to Being Trendy at Magic Fest Chiba

A Guide to Being Trendy at Magic Fest Chiba

July 30, 2019

Welcome to episode 7 of the Code of the Cardboard Samurai podcast! In this episode, I'm joined once again by Ed Nguyen of the Cartel Aristocrats podcast as we talk about trends in Japan Magic finance scene, Magic things you can only really find in Japan and Asia, and also everything you need to know about Magic Fest Chiba. If you're looking for things to do around the city before or after main event (or just want to know about the Chiba area for future reference) give this episode a listen!

(Special thanks again to Lain Kaplan for creating the opening and ending theme of the show.)

Talking the Talk - Playing Magic the Gathering in Japanese

Talking the Talk - Playing Magic the Gathering in Japanese

May 14, 2019

Currently living in Japan and want to play some Magic the Gathering but don't speak Japanese? Thinking of coming to Japan for a Magic Fest in the near future but worried about the language barrier? Then look no further! In this episode, Dan and I go over all the Japanese vocabulary and grammar you need to know in order to play a game in Japan with the help of our good friend and fellow player Hiroaki Oyama! 

Welcome to Magic the Gathering in Japan - Magic Fest Yokohama

Welcome to Magic the Gathering in Japan - Magic Fest Yokohama

April 17, 2019

Welcome to the Code of the Cardboard Samurai! Hosts Ryan Schwenk from Yokohama and Daniel Ostrander from Nagoya welcome you to our inaugural Podcast all about Magic the Gathering in Japan! In our first episode, we talk about the upcoming Magic Fest in Yokohama, what the Magic scene is like in the Yokohama area, as well as general facts about visiting and sightseeing in the city. 

Special thanks to Eli "Lain" Kaplan for assisting with the opening/closing music!

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