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!
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!
The North American and Japan Frontier worlds collide when yours truly is invited on as a guest on the Magic the Final Frontier podcast. In this podcast I talk with the hosts about the Frontier format is like in Japan and go over the differences between the two metagames. I also share some stories about what Frontier was like in those first few months starting out in Japan. If you're looking to learn more about the history of Frontier and to get a different point of view on the format, look no further!
Magic the Gathering has a deep, well documented history in the USA, but what about Japan? It's one of the biggest places for MTG, yet it has remained relatively unknown to people outside of Japan, especially if you can't read Japanese. In today's podcast, we travel back in time with new co-host Lain Kaplan to talk about what the early days of Magic the Gathering were like in Japan. Living in Japan from 2000-2008, Lain has experienced a lot of Magic's history and has lots of stories to tell. Join us as we talk about magic shops, pro players, Grand Prix, and even Buddhist Monk Magic players!
If you've lived in Japan before, live here now, visited Japan, or have always wondered about MTG in Japan give it a listen! Hopefully Japanese MTG won't be such a mystery afterwards!
If you're planning to visit Japan for an event in the future or are just coming over for vacation and some sightseeing, Dan and I have you covered. In this episode we talk about all of the places we've visited in Japan over the years and discuss which places are the best for Magic the Gathering. From Osaka to Nagoya to Tokyo, we got you covered!
Special thanks again to Lain Kaplan for the intro and outro, and to all of those that helped put the list together! We will keep exploring and hopefully have more places for you to visit in the future.