Karolina Styczynska becomes first foreign female shogi player in Japan

Karolina won yesterday’s game against Sadamasu Minami, with this victory, Karolina, fulfilled the conditions for her grade up from 3kyuu to 2kyuu. She was born in Poland and nowadays she is studying at the university of Yamanashi in Japan. A few years ago she discovered the Shogi thanks to the anime Naruto and became a strong player in Europe. She was invited by Kitao Madoka to a tournament in 2012 where she beat a professional…

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Shogi in culture – Naruto

Shogi is very present at japanese culture. Too many books, manga, anime or movies have a narrative about shogi or include it as an element. On of the most famous manga around the world, Naruto ナルト, showed us Shikamaru and Asuma playing together. Too many foreigners started to learn about shogi when they saw this scene in the anime show. Even an actual womens professional player Karolina Styczyinska1 got interested in shogi thanks to this…

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