MagicFest Copenhagen

I returned to Japan after MagicFest Taipei, stayed for a single day and then left again for MagicFest Copenhagen the following weekend (6/14-6/16). Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark, for those of you that don’t know, and takes about 11 and a half hours to get to from Tokyo; we had to transfer in Dusseldorf, Germany this time, so all told it took 13 hours to get to Copenhagen. Leaving the hot and humidness of Taipei, to the cool and windy high altitude climate of Copenhagen.  

MagicFest Taipei

GP Taipei was held from June 7th to the 9th in Taipei, Taiwan. Taipei is only about a two and a half hour flight from Tokyo. In terms of travel, it felt more like going to somewhere like Okinawa, rather than an actual overseas GP. After arriving I noticed that all of the signs and billboards were in traditional kanji, so if you know Japanese kanji you’d be able to hazard a guess of what they were saying; it was a strange feeling.

TokyoMTG: MeetUp - Let's See the World!

I’ll be covering the MeetUp event we held at TokyoMTG on Tuesday, May 14th.

This was TokyoMTG’s first attempt at a MeetUp event. This first event entitled “Let’s See the World!”, was mainly the owner of TokyoMTG and head of overseas GP’s, Heiko Schmidt and myself, answering the various questions of the participants. It was a super casual and relaxed environment, where I was able to talk about going to GPs around the world as well as MagicFest Taipei that will be held at the beginning of June. I’d like to go into part of the discussion we had at this event!

Magicfest Kyoto

A Chilly Spring in Kyoto

MagicFest Kyoto 2019 was a three day event held from March 22nd to the 24th. Recently, Wizards of the Coast has changed the event names from the previous “GP” to “MagicFest”, but I won’t delve much into that in this article. The weather was beautiful on Thursday and I didn’t even need a coat, but that didn’t last and the weekend was pretty cold. Last year’s GP Kyoto was during the cherry blossoms blooming season and I was expecting it to be exactly the same, but it seemed like we were a week ahead this time around. Since I couldn’t get any photos with the cherry blossoms this year, take a look at one of the shots I got of last years stunning cherry blossoms.

GP Sydney

In a complete change from the brutal winter of Europe, we're once again back in Australia, midsummer, but this time Sydney! GP Sydney was held from February 1st through the 3rd and being really sensitive to the cold I was ecstatic to be spending the coldest time of the year in Japan in the Australian summer. One thing about a business trip to a warm environment is that you don’t need to bring so many pieces of clothing and packing is way easier. (The picture above is of Bondi Beach, which is 20 minutes away from the city center by car. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a place to relax.)

GP Warsaw

Last time I talked about GP Melbourne - I went from the warm southern hemisphere to the winter in the north in Europe. We had a booth at GP Warsaw which took place from 23rd of November to the 25th. Warsaw is the capital of Poland and is situated at a pretty high altitude; in other words, it was freezing! One of the four days we spent there was -4°C! Only pants didn’t cut it and had to put on a pair of long underwear, leggings and a down jacket with a hood just to walk outside. The locals that went into town all came equipped with their standard gloves and knit caps.

GP Melbourne

A Little Detour

GP Melbourne, Australia was a three day event starting from 11/16. Before heading to Australia this time, we added a little detour vacation to New Zealand. This has nothing to do with GP’s, but this time I’d like to write about New Zealand in a little side-story.

When I say New Zealand, what pops into your head? This was my first time there, so my only image was that there was ‘nothing, but sheep’. We didn’t have a lot of time before GP Melbourne, so we only really went to Auckland.

GP Lille

Magic: The Gathering holds a Grand Prix, or GP, nearly every weekend in places all around the world including Japan. In this series of articles I’ll be discussing the various places around the world I go to for GPs. These articles will not only be about the Magic events themselves, but also the sightseeing and what I call the “Work While Traveling” lifestyle.

GP Stockholm

Magic: The Gathering holds a Grand Prix, or GP, nearly every weekend in places all around the world including Japan. In this series of articles I’ll be discussing the various places around the world I go to for GPs. These articles will not only be about the Magic events themselves, but also the sightseeing and what I call the “Work While Traveling” lifestyle.

The theme this week is all about GP Stockholm!