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The Japanofiles Podcast


Welcome to the Japanofiles, a podcast about Japan. This podcast, which began in 2009, presents interviews that have been recorded in Japan. Most of the interviewees are native English-speaking foreign residents of Nagano Prefecture who live in the greater Matsumoto area. They share their stories about living and working in Japan. The host of this Japan podcast, Dave Carlson, is a long-time resident of Matsumoto.

Jul 3, 2020

The Japanofiles Podcast is back! Today's show features Charles Ward, a prize-winning board game designer who lives in Matsumoto. Charlie explains how he got into board game design, as well as what it takes to get a game produced. He also details the development of one of his recent creations, ROKUMON -- a two-person strategy game based on the true story of Sanada Yukimura, a famous samurai warrior from nearby Ueda Castle.

Key Words: Sanada Yukimura; ROKUMON; Rokumonsen; Matsumoto; Nagano Prefecture; Nagano-ken; Shinshu; Japan; podcast interview; Japan-related conversation; podcasts about Japan; board game development; board game design; Ex1st Games; Ex1st.com; samurai; Crimson Demon of War; Sanada Clan; Ueda Castle.