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Saikoro

Posted by Doug on February 14, 2009

The Japanese word for a die or dice is saikoro.  The reason I bring this up I will get to shortly.

Needless to say, as an individual who has an interest in traditional roleplaying games (like Dungeons & Dragons), I have a growing collection of dice—not merely the six-sided variety that most people are familiar with, but four-, eight-, ten-, twelve-, and twenty-sided, which are used in the TRPGs for a variety of different tasks (which I will not elaborate upon in this post).

I found me a set of five ten-sided dice, with their sides labeled いち, に, さん, し, ご, ろく, しち, はち, きゅう, and じゅう—one through ten in Japanese, written in hiragana.

Japanese Dice

As you can clearly see, they’re a little bigger than most other d10s, and about half again as heavy, but they have a respectable roll, and the hiragana are easily readable…well, they would be readable if I could, you know, read Japanese.  What I mean is that the writing can be clearly seen.  In any case, I don’t see them serving any practical use.  I just bought them because I thought they were cool.

What would be cooler would be a d20, imperial red, with 1 through 20 written in white kanji…to Amazon I go!

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