Visiting the Yu-Gi-Oh! Konami CardGame Station in Japan

DSC_1165Last weekend duelists from around the world faced off at the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship series in Anaheim as they wanted to test their skills and prove that they were the best. I however was on the other side of the world in Japan taking a very much needed vacation to see some amazing sights and the nerdiest places in terms of music, anime, shopping and fashion.

DSC_1162One place I told myself to visit was the Konami Style store located in Roppongi, which is also Konami’s Headquarter. At the Konami Style store you can find a lot of Konami exclusive gaming items, which are normally sold only online and seen in person. If you travel to the second floor you are also treated to Konami’s CardGame Station which holds official Cossy Yu-gi-oh! tournaments monthly as players complete to score the most cossy points to get some really nice prizes, not the same you see back in North America.

While in Japan I noticed a big difference in store structures and gaming. While there are literally dozens of shops all in the same city of Akihabara, players become very loyal to their shops. Many are broken up into different floors selling Magic on one floor, Vanguard on the next, Yu-gi-oh! and so on at the top floor. It’s quite interesting to watch and explore to see OCG cards and TCG.

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Inside the official Konami CardGame station, you’ll get to see tons of different items based off all the different Yu-Gi-Oh! series. Posters, cards, autographs, duel terminals, toys, it’s all there along with a few dozen tables to house plenty of matches.

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It also included a shop for players to purchase packs, sleeves and other items before and after they duel, as they complete to win some really nice Cossy prizes which include some beautiful mats.

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It was quite a sight to see and something Yu-Gi-Oh! players should check out if they are ever in Japan near the Tokyo area. It’s about a 25 minute walk from the Tokyo Tower and right next to a heavy foreign-friendly area (and by foreign-friendly I mean it was Wendy’s, T.G.I. Fridays, Outback among other nice places to eat and shop).

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.