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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Tendo Shogi Matsuri: 2nd day morning

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This Sunday there was the two big events of the festival. Along with the traditional game between pros, there was also the visit of the famous actor Kamiki Ryuunosuke and the movie director Ootomo Keishi. When I arrived at the site I went to the information desk and asked if I could get a media pass for taking pictures above the stage. I was lucky and I got the pass so I was able to take…

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Tendo human shogi. Muroya and Nakamura’s game

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The big event for the 1st day was the Human shogi game between the female players Muroya and Nakamura. They are both young female players. Muroya Yuki, born in Osaka, is now 24 years old. She became professional in 2010 and along with all his games she attends to many Shogi events and it makes her very popular with shogi fans. Nowadays she appears at the shogi TV program of the NHK channel. She is…

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Tendou Cherry blossoms festival human shogi

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Every year since 1956 in the city of Tendo there is a cherry blossoms festival that includes a game of human shogi. 40 people dressed in an armor and helmet, kimono and some servant clothes will be the pieces of a game of shogi between two professional players. Picture from yamagatakankou This year’s festival will be on April 22 and 23. On the first day, the game will be the two female professional players Muroya…

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