Tendokoma: The culture of shogi pieces at the city of 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.

 

Where to buy shogi pieces in the US

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If you are interested in shogi maybe you want to buy your first shogi set for practice with your friends. There are not so many shops that sell the board and the pieces so the fastest way can be bought it online. Amazon is a big and trusty online shop so I recommend that one. There are some differents boards so you can choose which you want. For start maybe you can choose a small…

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Tendo Shogi pieces Festival in Tokyo

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Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 was held on Tokyo city the festival of Shogi pieces of the city of Tendo 天童市. Tendo is a small city in the prefecture of Yamagata. It is know by his famous craftsman (the best boards and pieces are done at this city), and all the city is decorated with shogi motif. On the exposition there were some pieces and boards made by different craftsman and even you could drawn…

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