Hifumin love! Katou Hifumi x Morning Musume

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This year’s shogi fever still continues in Japan thanks to the 3 main characters: Fujii Souta, the youngest shogi player, Habu Yoshiharu who got the eternal seven crown, and Katou Hifumi “Hifumin” the oldest shogi player who retired this year. Hifumin has now quite free time and he is using it for his second hobby, appear on variety TV shows. He was already a regular at the TV program of Matsuko Delux and now he…

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Birthday presents

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Today, November 30, is my birthday so what a better opportunity for buy myself a few shogi books. I’m usually a ibisha (static rook) player but I want to learn to play furibushi (ranging rook) too so I bought two books about furibisha and one book about the endgame. 角交換四間飛車 The first one is exchange bishop 4th column ranging rook. I choose this one because I always has problems playing against this opening. So I…

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I want to go to Japan: Shogi edition

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Yesterday, there was a program on the japanese TV about foreigners who like Japan and want to visit it.  On that program they invited a small girl from Belarus to Japan. On the video they also showed the Shogi dojo of Minsk and some strong shogi players like Vincent Tanian and Sergei Lysenka. Here is the video of the TV program: https://youtu.be/wkOm0yJIwvY Did you like it?

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Furigoma

The traditional way to decide who is the sente (the first to play) and gote is making the furigoma. Traditionally, in chess the way to decide black or white is to take a pawn of each color and hide it in the hand and let the rival choose. On important professional games usually is a helper who is in charge of do it, if there is no one else usually is the person with higher…

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Shogi Arrives in America

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The first known game of shogi in America took place in June of 1860 at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Japan had recently ended its 250 years of isolation, and sent a mission to the USA to ratify the Treaty of Friendship. As part of the diplomatic mission’s visit to Philadelphia, members of the delegation visited the Athenaeum. The Athenaeum (located at 219 South 6th Street between St. James Place and Locust Street) was a 15-year-old…

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