Shiritori Odori is a modern party twist to a traditional word matching game for all levels of Japanese, from beginner to native!
Get notified when the game releases on
Kickstarter this summer, 2021!
is a word matching game where players use cards to match the end of one word with the start of another.
For example you could match:
"kuma (bear) with"machi" (town)
or "matsuri" (festival) with ”risu" (squirrel)
A race to the finish, the first player to use all their cards wins!
If you can't match the word, you can either draw 2 cards or create a short dance inspired by the word.
What does a bear dance look like?
What about a bicycle dance?
This game is about letting loose and having a good time. It will get...silly.
accessible to beginners
Fast-paced party game
Learn words in a fun & memorable way
Ages 8 & Up
While studying Japanese this past winter, I remembered some of the games I played while living in Japan. Those memories inspired me to create a game that made learning the language fun and accessible for everyone. Thus, in Shiritori Odori, each card has 5 parts:
kanji (漢字) - the adopted Chinese characters used for writing
cool colors :D
furigana - the reading of the kanji in hiragana (a syllabary for Japanese - it's a lettering system)
the English translation
the pronunciation of the word in roman characters
No matter your level, whether you're just starting out with Japanese or a native speaker, you can play the game!
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