Peruvian goes for the gold in Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship

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Peru is known as a melting pot of cultures native to the country, and withan ever-increasing influx of tourists, it is only natural that foreign cultures begin to make their mark as well.

On Saturday and Sunday, the 13th and 14th of September, the Convention Center of the Atlantic City Casino held an event that likely went unnoticed by the majority of Lima residents. The 2014 Yu-Gi-Oh Championship series,based on a popular Japanese manga series, took over the Miraflores casino with devotees battling it out, using strategy as their weapon of choice.

Peruvian German Manuel Ramirez Piňa was declared champion among the many duelists that travelled from all over Latin America. The young Peruvian earned himself an invitation to the 2015 World Championship Qualifier tournament. According to Anime News Network, Piña was “armed with a magnificent strategy and first-rate Deck”.

The event´s location was fitting considering the plot of Yu-Gi-Oh! “follows the story of a boy named Yugi Mutou, who solves the ancient Millennium Puzzle, and awakens a gambling alter-ego within his body” who uses various video games to solve his problems (Wikipedia).

Of Japanese originm Manga comics in general have found a huge international following.The Kyoto Seika University in Japan even offers a highly competitive course in Manga.
The popular Japanese manga series held a trading card game event in Lima recently.

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Agnes Rivera

A U.S. native plucked from the green surroundings of her home state of Oregon, Agnes Rivera has been living in Lima, Peru, fulfilling various occupations such as teaching, translating, and journalism. While indoors she uses her time creatively to build "recycled art" and read fiction, she is quick to use any excuse to be outdoors, balancing her inner home-body lifestyle with an adventurous spirit to explore all that Peru has to offer.