Board games

Board games have been a traditional part of AniMatsuri and once again you will have the opportunity to sit down with other visitors and crack your brains. There will be three games to try that are popular in Japan.


Go is a Chinese strategic board game for two players. It is considered the oldest board game still being played today. The goal of a match of Go is to capture more board space than the opponent. This board game is most popular in Asia, especially in Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan.


Mahjong is a tile-based game developed in China. It is meant for four players and played with a total of 144 tiles. Each player holds 13 tiles and draws and discards them until one player completes a 14-tile winning hand. Mahjong is particularly popular in Asian countries and has become a widespread online entertainment.


Shogi, also known as Japanese chess, is a strategy board game for two players. It is one of the most popular games in Japan. The goal of the game is checkmate the other player’s king. ‘Shogi‘ means ‘game of generals’.