Shiritori Game

Recently, as I was talking to one of my Japanese friends and waiting for a flight, we needed to figure out how to pass the time. She decided that we should play “Shiritori”, a popular Japanese game. Shiritori (しりとり) is a Japanese word game in which the players are required to say a word which begins with the final kana of the…

Japanese Hanko Seals

Recently, the Resona Bank and Saitama Resona Bank announced that by the end of March 2019, customers will be able to open deposit accounts and perform other banking functions without the use of their “hanko”. But what is a “hanko”? Hanko A hanko is a seal used in Japan, which is the same as your…

Janken–Japanese Game of Warriors!

At this year’s Niconico Chokaigi 2016, one of the activities for the attendees was a game of Janken with a robot. There was a very long line for the game, and it reminded us of just how immensely popular this game is in Japan. Janken (じゃん拳 janken) is the Japanese version of Rock-Paper-Scissors, but it is much more…