Last month I was invited by the members of International Shogi Popularization Society (ISPS) to be a member of their team at the Amateur Shogi team tournament done at the Industry and Trade building near the Asakusa temple. There are 6 different leagues divided by the team strength. Our team was new so we started in the league 5. There are around 20 teams in each league and the tournament is played for four days.…
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.
The days 29 of April and 3 to 5 of May are National days in Japan. This is known as Golden Week” in Japan and is the longest vacation period for many japanese workers. This is the reason why there are many shogi events for these days. In Yokohama, the city where I live, there is an annual event in the TVK Housing Plaza. This is the biggest housing exposition area in Japan. There was a game…
Last Sunday I assist in Tokyo to the first meet-up of the English Shogi Community in Tokyo. We were 5 attendants (3 japanese, 1 french and me). We met on the win-win cafe near Gotanda station in Tokyo. After introducing ourselves, we played a paired shogi game (2 vs 3) and after finish it, we had a little chit-chat and a 1 vs 1 game. If you want to play shogi and speak English feel free…
After the game between Muroya and Nakamura some of the players made a simultaneous exhibition to the attendants as the last performance of the day. I decided to went back to the hotel for rest because I was tired since I arrived 5 o’clock in the morning with the night bus from Tokyo, but, only 30 minutes later I went out to travel around the city. I visited the exposition of shogi pieces near the…