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KAZOKU

Learn Japanese letters while playing cards!

About the project

The Kazoku card game and all the rewards are now on sale at
www.japanophone.com

Learn Japanese characters by playing cards!

Kazoku is an educational card game. It will help you learning Japanese letters, hiragana and katakana, while playing. Based on manga graphics, all cards are illustrated by professional mangakas.

The game consist in:

  • 45 cards, each of them showing a kana and a manga picture.
  • Joker cards
  • Rule cards
  • Vocabulary card

Words on the cards have been carefully chosen:

  • All kana must be appear at least once, except for the WO which is a word by it-self and the no longer used ancient WI and WE.
  • Word of each family must be consistent with its family.
  • Word must be concrete and easy to illustrate and the learning of these words must be beneficial for the player.

Cards are illustrated by professional Japanese mangakas. We asked each mangakas to illustrate a complete family so they gives it their personal touch, chara design and culture. Drawings show mainly realistic situations in nowadays Japan.

To please everybody, Kazoku provides 2 types of game: Happy Families and Happy Kanas.

Happy Families

In Happy Families, you will gather cards and assemble families. There's 9 families of 5 members (Father, Mother, Son, Daughter and Animal). Turn by turn, you ask for a card to your opponents. Once you gather the whole family, you win a point. The aim is to gather as many families as possible.

Happy Kanas

If you are motivated to learn Japanese characters, play Happy Kanas and you will memorize characters very easily. In this game, the aim is to assemble words using the cards you have in your hand.

Here, the word UKOYIE (that you can see on the last card) has been formed using the cards U, KI, YO and E. On the last card, the E card, you can see the word UKIYOE and all the cards needed to form this word. For beginners, a reminder of the pronunciation of all the card is present on the bottom-right corner of the illustration. You can form only words present in the game.

On each card are the following information. For the Happy Families game, you will need the Family symbol, the Family Member and/or the Member number.

All the other information is for the Happy Kana game.

What are the funds for?

The success of Kazoku is in your hands. Be an actor of this wonderful story!

Raised funds will be used this way:

This is te minimum threshold to validate the campaign.
This will let us start the printing of the games and the making of the other rewards.

To all packs from Orange Belt, addition of a mini-calendar, post-card and bookmarks, with your name written in Japanese on it.

Better game quality. The paper goes from 300gr/m to 320gr/m.

To all packs from Orange Belt, addition of a decorative sticker for smartphone (2 in. x 2 in.)

  • Your name on our web site www.japanophone.com

Your name will appear in the supporter's list for the life span of the web site!

  • Your name on our web site www.japanophone.com as VIP

Your name will appear in the VIP supporter's list for the life span of the web site!

  • The print-and-play file of the game Kazoku

The pdf file generated from the source file sent to the printer. For a better gaming experience, print your cards on a thick paper.

  • The card game Kazoku

The game in its box.

  • The summary poster

Large poster, A2 format (42cm x 59,4cm) with a table of hiragana and katakana.
Tip: Hang it in a visible place to get used to recognize characters.

  • The nafuda

Varnished wooden plaque with your name written in Japanese on it.
The calligraphy is hand made by a calligrapher.
Size of the plaque:
- For short names: 110mm x 22mm x 7mm.
- For long names: 154mm x 22mm x 7mm.

For this reward, you'll have to give us the name you want to see on the plaque.

  • The reminder mousepad to help you type in Japanese

Thin mousepad, with a table of the letters you need to type to enter every characters when you type in Japanese on a computer or a smartphone. Very handy!
Size: 200mm x 155mm x 0.3mm.

  • The manga portrait

Using a photograph you will send to us, an illustrator will draw a manga style portrait of you.

Size of the picture: 600 pixels x 600 pixels

Format of the picture: png

For this reward, you'll have to send us a picture. The picture must be of good quality, sharp and well-lit so that the illustrator can see fine details of the face. Only one person's face should be visible.

1x Your name in the supporter's list on www.japanophone.com.
1x The print-and-play file of the game Kazoku.

1x Your name in the supporter's list on www.japanophone.com.
1x The print-and-play file of the game Kazoku.
1x The card game Kazoku.

1x Your name in the supporter's list on www.japanophone.com.
1x The print-and-play file of the game Kazoku.
1x The card game Kazoku.
1x The summary poster with hiragana and katakana.

1x Your name in the supporter's list on www.japanophone.com.
1x The print-and-play file of the game Kazoku.
1x The card game Kazoku.
1x The summary poster with hiragana and katakana.
1x The nafuda wooden plaque with your name on it.

1x Your name in the supporter's list on www.japanophone.com.
1x The print-and-play file of the game Kazoku.
2x The card game Kazoku.
2x The summary poster with hiragana and katakana.
1x The nafuda wooden plaque with your name on it.
1x The reminder mousepad to help you type in Japanese.

1x Your name in the VIP supporter's list on www.japanophone.com
1x The print-and-play file of the game Kazoku.
2x The card game Kazoku.
2x The summary poster with hiragana and katakana.
2x The nafuda wooden plaque with your name on it.
1x The reminder mousepad to help you type in Japanese.
1x The manga portrait.

1x Your name in the VIP supporter's list on www.japanophone.com.
1x The print-and-play file of the game Kazoku.
3x The card game Kazoku.
3x The summary poster with hiragana and katakana.
2x The nafuda wooden plaque with your name on it.
2x The reminder mousepad to help you type in Japanese.


2x The manga portrait.

1x Your name in the supporter's list on www.japanophone.com.
1x The print-and-play file of the game Kazoku.

4x The card game Kazoku.
2x The summary poster with hiragana and katakana.

1x Your name in the VIP supporter's list on www.japanophone.com.
1x The print-and-play file of the game Kazoku.

8x The card game Kazoku.

4x The summary poster with hiragana and katakana.

About the project owner

Ludovic Tousch (Japanese-French-English translator, computer scientist, Japan lover)

« After studying computer science, I studied Japanese language in Paris. Then, I worked in Japan for 5 years. Back home, I never stopped to love Japan. I created the web site www.japanophone.com where I share my passion for the Japanese language, its phonetics and writing. If one may consider Japanese language easy due to its pronunciation and its simple grammar, this is a different story about the writing and this is often what turns off people to start to learn this language. Thinking about how to change that, the idea came to my mind of an educational card game that would let you learn the Japanese basic letters and make you start to learn the language without noticing it. Enthusiast about manga in general, I used several professional mangakas to draw the illustrations of each families, each one with his or her own style. »

They are male and female professionals who work either in agency or in free-lance. I choose them carefully, each one for his or her style to have a very rich graphical experience. The style is expressed mainly in the faces (chara design) and the coloring (anime, picture book, etc.).

Tsubaki (Family Tradition)
Living in Fukuoka
Interested in everything around manga and anime

Kibi (Family City)
Living in Tokyo
Likes to draw parents and kids

Awanosuke (Family Cooking)
Living in Noto, Ishikawa prefecture
Specialised in backgrounds and landscapes

Hoshino (Family Country)
Living in Osaka
Likes to draw anime characters

Uroro (Family Home)
Living in Fukuoka
Likes to invent new characters

Samphy (Family Sport)
Living in France
Likes to invent new characters

Komakami (Family School)
Living in Saitama, Tokyo area
Likes to draw body portrait

Aoito (Family Art)
Living in Mito, Tokyo area
Passionate about heroic fantasy

Mimoto (Family Mystery)
Living in Nagoya
Likes to create video games

Chelpi (video)
Living in Saitama
Specialized in book cover for novels