(Opened for June 2, 2015)
While I was finalizing my travel plans to Japan, I made it a point to make sure that buying a Japanese Magic booster pack was part of my itinerary.
I was aiming for really old expansions (preferably pre-7th Edition) but since I didn't know exactly where I could buy cards in Japan, I ended up buying my packs in the toy section of the department stores instead, where the card selection would be predictably more limited. It turns out that card games are quite big in Japan - well, at least, it's bigger than from where I come from. Aside from Magic and the expected Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokemon titles, there are dozens of other collectible card games in stock - and again, that's just in the toy section, where card games are already competing for space with other toys.
Because of this, the amount of space that a store could devote to Magic is relatively limited, so the store usually just sells the latest expansion sets. As available titles are often only those that are legal in the current Standard format, there is not much room for anything else, except for a few rare exceptions like Conspiracy is the oldest booster pack that I found (which is probably because it's not selling well since not all of its cards are Standard legal?).
I would assume that this is not the recommended way to acquire Magic cards in Japan. This pack is one of those that I picked up in a mall in Kyoto. This is the first time I bought a Conspiracy pack. I didn't even get a conspiracy, and instead, I got this. Meh. I hoped to find what I'm looking for once I reach Akihabara.