I found this video that talks about the culture of the shogi pieces craftsmanship of the city of Tendo.
On this video, they explain some different ways to make shogi pieces.
Kijizukuri is the first step. A selected wood put to dry for 5 years it’s cut to make the shape of the pieces.
Kakikoma is the pieces that are nor carved but written directly at the wood.
Horikoma is the pieces that have the name of the piece carved directly into the wood.
Horiume/Moriagegoma are the pieces that after carved are filled with a resin and polished.
During my visit to Tendo, I was able to talk with some of the craftsmanship that appears in this video. Even I appears a few videos on this video talking with Mr. Sakurai about his artworks! You can see me at the minute 5:20.
On TV continues the Fujii Souta fever and many programs include some news about shogi. At TBS news they introduce an old variation of shogi called Taikyoku Shogi. http://news.tbs.co.jp/newseye/tbs_newseye3078904.htm This Shogi is played on a 36×36 board (1296 squares) and have 209 different pieces. Some have names like dog, wind dragon or pig officer. To set all the pieces ready at least one hour is needed and for finish the game at least 2 days.…
The biggest European youth shogi tournament (U-18) was held on 20-21 May 2017 in Minsk. This year professional players Yuuji Masuda (6 Dan) and Shinya Yamamoto (6 Dan) attended the event.
On episode 48 of the Japan discovery show called tocotoco features the female shogi player Manao Kagawa. You can maybe remember her as I talk about her on my visit to the Aoba dojo and she also was on the Shogi X’mas festa. The video is in Japanese but it includes English subtitles so you can follow it. In the video, Kagawa shows different places in Tokyo related to her life as female shogi player. The first place is the…
For the promotion of the movie ３月のライオン a Virtual Reality tour have been created. This video is recorded in 360 degrees and with the help of characters from nyan shogi song in this tour you can see the Hatonomori shrine (where I take some pictures of profesional players at the new years’s ceremony) and inside the Shogi Federation building. If you have VR you can see all around. If not, you can try to move the smartphone. Enjoy.