A few years ago there was a special program about shogi where Habu Yoshiharu played a game against Toyoshima Masayuki. This game was carried out at the baseball Seibu domed stadium in Saitama. Each player had to give orders to their drivers to move the car/piece to the desired square. It is similar to the human shogi of Tendo but using cars instead for people. All cars were from Toyota who sponsored the event. There…
Every year, at the department store of the Keikyuu line of Kamiooka station in Yokohama there is a shogi festival for 3 days where many players are invited. I was able to assist the second and the third day. On the second day, I made a fast visit and I got the autograph of Karolina Styczyńska and took some photos of Nakamura Taichi and Saito Shintaro. They are called by the fans as the prince…
After the talk of the players and all the other amenities at the morning the game of human shogi between Miura and Abe started. As the previous day, the Chairman of the game was the feudal lord Oda Nobunaga. Again, his two vassals needed to fight in front of their Lord. For this day, the people who play as a shogi piece are selected from many candidates so people from all Japan go to Tendo…
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.
Last Sunday I went for the first time to the Kanagawa Bunko Shogi Salon. This Shogi dojo opened last year and it’s 1-minute walk from the station of Kanazawa Bunko of the Keikyu line. This club opens every day from 13h to 21h and the entrance fee is 950 yen (≈8.5 USD), 700 yen (≈6 USD) for women and 600 (≈5.5 USD) yen for students. They organize many events and invite many players. This day the Shogi Club had the visit…