Pokemon cards development confidential story

The following is the e-mail magazine written by Yuichi Konno in2000.


Tsunekazu Ishihara urged Yuichi Konno to cooperate in the development of the Pokemon cards.
The contents are written in the e-mail magazine.

There are few people who know this episode even by Japanese people.

It is interesting that Yuichi Konno went to tropical mega battle in Hawaii.

Note: translated article can be found here: Yuichi Konno: From Peyotl Publishing to Pokemon TCG


I wish I knew Japanese. Google translate does not do the writing justice. It does seem Mr. Konno is passionate about the game though.

Thanks for sharing! You have a lot of neat stuff to share!


If someone could translate this properly I would appreciate it alot!


There is so much lore surrounding the TMB. It seems we learn more every year. Awesome post and I’d love to see a full translation.

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Sorry for reviving this old thread, but it seems like this website is no longer available and the pages weren’t archived; does anyone happen to still have these pages or the text on them saved in some form?

It might take some deep digging to find it again. Maybe @KEI can help

I found other archived posts from Yuichi Konno. The email magazine article is from a publication titled “Flash*Memory,” which is part of the broader “au revoir! PEYOTL” series. I have included chatGPT summaries



This article is a contribution by Hiroshi Kobayashi to the newsletter or publication associated with Peyotl, a platform dedicated to cultural and literary discussions.
The text is a detailed reflection on the “angel” theme’s cultural impact in the early 1990s. Kobayashi discusses the surge in popularity of angel-themed books and music, highlighting significant publications and media influences. He shares his personal journey in compiling an extensive list of angel-related books, noting key contributions from various sources, including the works of Michel Serres, Malcolm Godwin, and the magazine “Yaso.”

Kobayashi emphasizes the role of “Peyotl Kobo,” a publisher known for its avant-garde and underground publications, in shaping his understanding and interest in the subject. He recounts his interactions with the publishing industry, including creating book lists and collaborating with bookstores for themed fairs.

The text also touches on the broader cultural phenomena of the time, including the influence of the anime “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and the resurgence of interest in ancient texts like the Dead Sea Scrolls. Kobayashi concludes by reflecting on the legacy of Peyotl Kobo and its enduring impact on readers and the cultural landscape.



The article appears to be from a Japanese magazine or publication titled “Flash Memory,” authored by Yuichi Konno. It is issue no. 2, dated September 13, and features a piece titled “Twilight of the Departed”

In this piece, we observe Kazuo Ohno, a prominent figure in Butoh dance, being pushed in a wheelchair by Akira Kasai during a performance. Despite his age and physical limitations, Ohno’s movements are described as graceful and poignant, reminiscent of blooming lotus flowers. The performance is a tribute to Tatsumi Hijikata, the founder of Butoh, and it reflects on the history and evolution of the dance form.

The essay delves into the origins of Butoh, its key figures, and the diverse directions it has taken over time. It highlights the contributions of Hijikata and Ohno, their influence on the dance, and the various companies that have emerged from their legacy. The tension between preserving the essence of Butoh and allowing it to evolve is a central theme.

The text also mentions a memorial event for Hijikata featuring performances by Kasai and Ohno, and it reflects on the future of Butoh, pondering whether it should remain true to its roots or continue to adapt and transform. The author sees Ohno’s dance as a symbol of the ephemeral nature of Butoh, hinting at its eventual disappearance.

The piece concludes with information about upcoming performances and events related to Butoh and other avant-garde art forms.



This article was published in “au revoir! PEYOTL,” a publication or newsletter by Peyotl Kobo, on September 8, 2004. The article is labeled as [no.012] and authored by Yuichi Konno under the title “FLASH MEMORY.”

The article is about the closure of Aoyama Book Center, which the author learned about on the night of August 16. This news came as a shock, similar to the unexpected bankruptcy of the distributor Yanagihara. Yanagihara’s collapse was due to inflating inventory on paper, resulting in real losses when they went bankrupt. The closure of Aoyama Book Center also seemed abrupt, with creditors like Kurita aggressively liquidating assets and withdrawing books from stores. The creditors’ meeting on August 6 was unclear, with no transparent explanation from Aoyama Book Center’s president, Isogai, about the store’s financial troubles.

Aoyama Book Center’s financial woes were primarily due to real estate debts, despite the bookstore itself being profitable. The support for the bookstore’s revival is coming from Youhan, led by Kagawa Hiroshi, who has a history of managing bookstore chains and acquisitions. The future of mid-sized bookstores like Aoyama Book Center is uncertain, and their survival is crucial for smaller publishers.

The author’s publication, Yaso, heavily relied on Aoyama Book Center for sales. The closure impacts its sales and future issues. The author emphasizes the importance of dedicated bookstore staff for sales, rather than store size or location. The article concludes with updates on upcoming releases and events for Yaso, reflecting on the significant influence of individual efforts and sincere business practices in the current publishing industry.


I think “PEYOTL” might refer to Peyotl Kobo: fascinating insight into some TCG history related to pkonno


Peyotl Kobo (Peyotl Workshop) is a Japanese publishing company that published fantasy literature and art books, as well as magazines such as “Yaso”. The principal was Hiroshi Konno.


Peyotl Kobo was founded by Yuichi Konno in July 1978. The company name “Peyotl” is derived from the French name for the peyote cactus, which is used as a hallucinogen (more directly, it was taken from Antonin Artaud’s “Tarahumara”).

In addition to publishing books on fantasy literature, film, theater, music, and other arts, they published avant-garde magazines such as “Yaso,” “Ginsei Club,” “EOS,” “WAVE” (co-produced with Seibu Department Stores), and “Ur.” They introduced minor foreign literature and art books that other publishers did not handle, significantly influencing the subculture of the 1980s.

In July 1998, they suspended publication, and on April 30, 2000, they dissolved. The stock of books was to be disposed of, but thanks to a movement by fans, most of the stock was taken over by bookstores closely related to Peyotl Kobo.

The history of Peyotl Kobo from its birth to its dissolution is summarized by Hiroshi Konno in “Peyotl Rise and Fall History: Why I Quit Publishing” (July 2001, Fuyumiya Publishing, ISBN 978-4925220040).

Currently, magazines such as “2-:+,” and “Yaso” are being published by Studio Parabolica, which is run by former associates of Peyotl Kobo, including Milky Isobe.

List of Publications

Due to the large number of books, it is provided as an expandable menu. [Peyotl Kobo Publications List]

Related Items

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External Links

  • Peyotl Kobo TOP PAGE - Official Site
  • 2minus ____ Studio Parabolica - Studio Parabolica Official Site
  • Yaso yaso & parabolica-bis - “Yaso” Official Site

Official website:

Fan site:



On this page, they talk about how the Peyotl company was being dissolved in the year 2000 and explain the email newsletter would be part of the legacy:

■E-mail newsletter and ML information■
In order to prevent “Peyotl” from fading into oblivion and to further develop this activity, we are distributing Mr. Yuichi Konno’s comments via email newsletter (weekly). It is published almost every Sunday at midnight. The current number of copies distributed is approximately 950. The latest issue is “The Future of Copyright” (delivered on 1/15). The next issue will be distributed on February 4th. Please see back issues here. Additionally, a mailing list is being established with Mr. Konno as a place for Peyotl fans to interact and to discuss the current state of publishing issues. The current membership is around 100, with the main members being Peyotl loyal readers, general readers, people in the publishing industry, and bookstore owners and bookstore staff. If you have been interested in the movement of Peyotl, or if you want to know the latest information about ``Peyotl’s Future’', we recommend that you register for both.

Click here to register for the mail magazine [au revoir! PEYOTL]
Join the mailing list [peyotl] group
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ok you basically filled up a few hours for me today but here you go Yuichi Konno: From Peyotl Publishing to Pokemon TCG :joy:

Finally I was able to read it properly


Oh wow, thank you so much for all of your time and effort putting this together! I love learning more about the background of the TCG so this is super interesting stuff, appreciate you collating everything into the other thread too and will go check it out asap

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