Trivia, pictionary, origami, and charades -this game has it all! Test out your knowledge of the Japanese American community with this unique take on the beloved game Cranium. For ages 16 and up.
Objective of the Game
The purpose of the game is for your team to be the first to win 20 points (points can be scaled up or down, depending on time and interest).
To begin playing, divide into two teams of two or more players. If you’re in a large group, you can divide into as many as four teams, as long as each team has at least two players. The team with the player who has the next birthday goes first.
If you're playing in a video chat group, everyone have this site open on their computers, but do not share screens.
Create a scoresheet to record team points.
On Your Turn
How to Win
The first team to reach 10 points is the winner. To adjust adjust for time and interest, teams can choose a total winning score before starting the game.
Daruma Head revolves around knowledge of data and facts. Multiple-Choice Trivia! cards ask a question and present four possible multiple choice answers. Outright Trivia! cards present a question that the player's team must answer outright, and True/False Trivia! cards require the player's team to evaluate a statement to determine whether it is true or false.
Creative Nekko involves three creative challenges. Pictionary cards require one player to draw on a piece of paper while the other team member(s) attempt to guess the word or phrase. Origami cards are the same as Pictionary but instead of drawing, you’re folding paper into a sculpture. Telephone Pictionary cards require team members to each caption and draw the answer and the last team player guesses the word or phrase.
Performer is themed around acting out clues with a vague hint such as in Charades, or acting and speaking like a famous person or fictional character but without using proper names (Celebrity Acting).
Wordsmith is themed around words, phrases, and acronyms. Guess the Phrase cards require teams to correctly guess what the Japanese phrase means in English. Guess the Acronym cards require teams to correctly guess what the acronym stands for. Guess the Gairaigo cards require teams to correctly guess what the Japanese word means in English.
Your team picks the color! Remember red is knowledge and trivia, blue is creative, dark blue is performing, and yellow is words and phrases. Good luck!
Blind Pictionary: To win this challenge your team must guess what you're drawing within the allotted time. But there's a catch! You must close your eyes while you draw.
Origami: To win this challenge your team must guess what you're folding within the alloted time. As the artist, you may not speak or gesture.
Pictionary: To win this challenge your team must guess what you're drawing within the allotted time. As the artist, you may not speak or draw letters/symbols.
Guess the Phrase: To win this challenge, teams must correctly guess what the answer on this card means in English.
Guess the Acronym: To win this challenge, teams must correctly guess what the full name of the acronym on this card is.
Guess the Gairaigo: To win this challenge, teams must correctly guess what the gairaigo (Japanese words originating or based on foreign-language, generally Western) on this card means in English.
Multiple-Choice Trivia: To win this challenge, teams must choose the correct answer from four possible multiple-choice questions.
True-False Trivia: To win this challenge, teams must evaluate a statement to determine whether it is true or false and select the correct answer.
Outright Trivia: To win this challenge, teams are presented with a question that they must answer outright without receiving any hints or clues.
Charades: To win this challenge, get your teammates to guess what’s on the card by acting without making any sound.
Celebrity Acting: To win this challenge, get your teammates to guess what’s on the card by acting and speaking like a famous person or fictional character but without using proper names.
Mochi Mallet (Kine)
Usu (mochi pounding bowl)
Gohan (rice) Bag
Kamaboko (fish cake)
Furoshiki (wrapping cloth)
Geta (wooden slipper)
Matsu Pine Tree
Kanzari (tanabata decoration)
Shamoji (rice scooper)
Chawan (rice bowl)
Japan hosts the 2020 Olympics
Godzilla attacks a city
Japan's Prime Minister meets the President of the US
Usagi Yojimbo in a sword fight
Waiting in line for dango
The 442 regimental combat team being awarded the congressional gold medal
Dancing the tanko bushi
Eating oshogatsu foods
A Japanese American winning an election
Asian American studies
Eating ramen on a hot day
Goku (from Dragon Ball) fighting an enemy
Cherry Blossom (or Nisei Week) queens pageant
Reading about Japanese American internment in class
Ordering chicken karaage at a ramen shop
Making mochi the old fashioned way
Visiting a Japantown
Listening to your grandparents talk about camp
Bringing omiyage to your friends house
Dancing at obon
Kome no togijiru
Answer: Water used to wash rice
Shigata ga nai
Answer: It can't be helped
Answer: Don't complain
Answer: Don't waste
Answer: Do this properly
Answer: "It's because of you"
Answer: Phrase used when doing heavy lifting
Kodomo no tame ni
Answer: For the children
Answer: Little Tokyo Service Center
Answer: Little Tokyo Service Center
Answer: Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai'i
Answer: Japanese Cultural Community Center of Washington
Answer: Japanese Cultural & Community Center
Answer: Japanese Community Youth Council
Answer: Japanese American Service Committee
Answer: Japanese American National Museum
Answer: Go For Broke
Answer: US-Japan Council
Answer: Japanese American Citizens League
Answer: California Japanese American Community Leadership Council
Answer: American Football (Ame + Futo)
Answer: Popsicle (ice + candy)
Answer: Ice Cream
Answer: Customer Service (after service)
Answer: Motorcycle (but not a bicycle)
Answer: Stroller (baby car)
Answer: Flight Attendant (cabin attendant)
Answer: Germany (Deutsche)
Answer: Drama or Soap Opera
Answer: Car Windshield (front glass)
Answer: Gender Equality (gender free)
Answer: An invitation to join an activity (come on)
Answer: Velcro (magic tape)
Answer: Caller ID (number display)
Answer: Personal Computer
Answer: Video Game (television game)
Answer: Homepage (top page)
How many officially recognized Japantowns are there in the USA?
What does the term “Buddhahead” mean?
What is the group during WWII that is most famous for rescuing the 141st Regiment of the 36th Texas Division from German territory?
Norman Mineta is a politician most commonly associated with which California city?
What is “Pacific Citizen”?
Actor Kenneth Choi, who played Jim Morita, a war veteran and later school principal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appeared in which Marvel movie?
Which Asian group does NOT have a larger estimated population in the United States than those of Japanese descent?
The Japanese new year’s feast is called what?
Who is the founder of Benihana?
What Japanese chain was fictionalized in the television show "The League"?
Which country has the largest Japanese population outside of Japan?
Japanese Americans were put into incarceration camps in Hawaii during World War II.
The only officially recognized Japantowns are in Hawaii and California.
Answer: False. California only
The “Loyalty Questionnaire”–asked while Japanese Americans were imprisoned during WWII–asked if individuals would serve in the US military and if they would swear allegiance to the US and denounce allegiance to Japan.
Also known as the Johnson-Reid Act, the Immigration Act of 1894 ended further immigration from Japan into the United States.
Answer: False. It was 1924
According to the US Census, Japanese first immigrated to America in 1843.
Japanese American who were incarcerated during WWII were paid $50,000 each from the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.
Answer: False. $20,000 each.
According to the US Census as of 2017, Japanese Americans have an estimated population of 2.5 million people in the United States.
Answer: False. 1.5 million
Wat Misaka was the first person of color to play in the NBA.
There were 8 main incarceration sites during WWII.
Fugetsu-do is the oldest mochi shop in the United States.
Name the 4 generations (in Japanese), the first of which first immigrated to the US in the early 1900s.
Answer: Issei, Nisei, Sansei, Yonsei
What is the name of the Japanese American astronaut lost in the Challenger explosion?
Answer: Ellison Onizuka
Name the Japanese American who lost an arm during WWII and later became a U.S. Senator.
Answer: Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
Who are the "no no" boys?
Answer: Those who answered "no" and "no" on the WWII loyalty questionnaire.
Name the three core food ingredientsneeded to make mochi.
Answer: Mochigome (rice), mochiko (flour), and water.
Name the three core pieces of equipment used during mochitsuki.
Answer: Kine (mallets), usu (stone bowl), and rice steamer
This psychic mutant–portrayed in one of the X-Men movies had her mind placed in the body of a Japanese female ninja named Kwannon.
Why did many issei (first generation) Japanese Americans purchase land in their children’s name?
Answer: Because the US Alien Land Law barred non-citizens from owning land.
Who designed the corvette?
Answer: Larry Shinoda
Who were the Japanese American siblings who won an ice dancing medal during the 2018 Olympics?
Answer: Maya and Alex Shibutani
What is the tanko bushi ondo song about?
Answer: Coal Mining
Who is the Japanese American co-founder of the string theory?
Answer: Michio Kaku
What is the US equivilent of the famous featured car in the anime series "Initial D?"
Answer: The Toyota Corolla
Who is the author of the book "Farewell to Manzanar?"
Answer: Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Cherry Blossom Festival
Shabu shabu pot
The Karate Kid
Kristi Yamaguchi - Olympic gold medalist
Ryan Kurosaki - MLB's first Japanese American
Minoru Yamasaki - Architect skyscraper designer
Patsy Mink -First Asian American to run for president of the United States
PJ Hirabayashi - San Jose taiko master
Wat Misaka - First non-white player in the NBA
June Kuramoto - Koto player of Hiroshima (band)
George Takei - "Sulu" in Star Trek
Min Yasui - Lawyer who challenged WWII incarceration
Fred Korematsu - Korematsu v. United States
Tamlin Tomita - Actress
Norman Mineta - American Politician
Maise Hirono - American Politician
Pat Morita - Actor
Ichiro Suzuki - MLB
Adrian Tomine - Graphic Novelist
Isamu Noguchi - Artist
Ruth Asawa - Artist
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