A card game of kanji like playing cards, made in Japan.
No kanji reading skills required!

“BABA” is a Japanese family name but there are 9 combinations of different kanji characters. With these character cards, let’s play like ‘Concentration,’ ‘Old Maid,’ or ‘Buta no Shippo (Pig’s Tail)’.

Players: 2-6
Time: 5-10 min.
Ages: 6+

BABA Cards

[Contents] 38 Cards (Kanji: 4 cards x 9 suits, Obaba: 2 cards), Instruction Sheet (JP, EN)

Card Game
JAN 4582540850018
RRP in Japan: 1,650 yen (tax incl.)

Online
| BASE | bodoge.hoobby.net | Loft |

Physical
| LOFT | Don Quijote | Yellow Submarine |

| HAKUHINKAN TOY PARK Chitose | YAMATO, New Chitose Airport International Terminal|

Game play video

Play “Obaba-de-Pon”, BABA Cards

Card design

All cards are BABA!

BABA is a family name, printed on the cards in 9 different ways. And the character OBABA, means ‘grandma’ or ‘old lady’ in Japan.
Don’t get cocky! Kanji may look the same but lookout for little differences! It’s confusing!

How to play

• Players: 2-6
• Time: 5-10 min.
• Ages: 6+

Just like ‘Concentration (Spaghetti)’

[Set Up]
• Lay all cards (including Obaba cards) out face down randomly.

[Play]
1. The first player chooses two cards and turns them over.
2. If the two cards are a matching pair then the player takes them.
• The player who just picked the matching cards goes again.
3. If the cards are not a match they are turned back over and it is now the next player’s turn.

[Game Over]
• When all the cards have been played the player with the most matching pair (Obaba cards are counted double) is the winner.

 

• Players: 3-6
• Time: 5-10 min.
• Ages: 6+

Just like ‘Old Maid’

[Set Up]
• Remove just one Obaba card and put it aside.
• Deal all of the remaining cards.

[Play]
1. Each player sorts their cards and discard any pairs.
• All players check wheather each other’s pairs are correct. Any player who has discarded an incorrect pair must imitate an Obaba (or old maid) as a penalty.
2. In turn, each player takes a card from the player to his or her right. Play proceeds clockwise.
3. If a player takes a card that makes a pair, the pair is discarded.

[Game Over]
• When only the Obaba card remains in play, the player holding that card is the loser.

 

• Players: 3-6
• Time: 5-10 min.
• Ages: 6+

Just like ‘Buta no Shippo (Pig’s Tail)’

[Set Up]
• Make a large circle with all cards (including Obaba card) face down.

[Play]
1. The first player takes a card from the circle, flips it over and places it face up inside the circle. The next player repeats this action.
2. When a card of the same suit is placed on the previous card, players must quickly slap their hands down on the top card.
3. The last player to do so or a player who wrongly slaps the cards must take the pile of cards in the center as a penalty.
• Any players who hold penalty cards must play a card from this pile (instead of cards from the circle) on their turn.

[Game Over]
• When all cards from the circle have been played the player holding the fewest cards is the winner.

Creative team

Game design: Banana Moon Studio Sapporo
Producer, Art Director: MAEDA Hiroshi
Planning Director: MAEDA Kumiko
Planning Staff: SHINOHE Yukako, ISHIJIMA Haruna
Graphic designer: YOSHIDA Kinuka

Reviews and articles

YouTube video: Aozora Time Channel “Game Play: Obaba-de-Pon, BABA Cards”, March 29, 2020 (in Japanese)

 

YouTube video: Aozora Time Channel “Simple is always fun! BABA Cards”, March 21, 2020 (in Japanese)

 

YouTube video: Oden Ikka Channel “A hilarious card game Pig’s Tail, BABA Cards #1”, February 21, 2020 (in Japanese)

 

YouTube video: Oden Ikka Channel “A hilarious card game Pig’s Tail, BABA Cards #2”, February 22, 2020 (in Japanese)

 

YouTube video: Muraike Board Game Channel “Obaba-de-Pon, BABA Cards”, March 4, 2020 (in Japanese)

 

YouTube video: Muraike Board Game Channel “Pig’s Tail, BABA Cards”, February 13, 2020 (in Japanese)

BABA Cards

[Contents] 38 Cards (Kanji: 4 cards x 9 suits, Obaba: 2 cards), Instruction Sheet (JP, EN)

Card Game
JAN 4582540850018
RRP in Japan: 1,650 yen (tax incl.)

Online
| BASE | bodoge.hoobby.net | Loft |

Physical
| LOFT | Don Quijote | Yellow Submarine |

| HAKUHINKAN TOY PARK Chitose | YAMATO, New Chitose Airport International Terminal|
BABA Cards
RRP in Japan: 1,650 yen (tax incl.)