Imagine the scenes as the news breaks on a warm night in October.

In a shogi dojo, where the announcement is heard from a radio in the background, a master strategist suddenly abandons the "badger defense" she has been patiently constructing, and launches a suicidal frontal assault on her opponent's king to take out her frustration.

In a temple somewhere, a note is passed to a Zen master who is meditating on the perfect balance between the powder and the water in his cup, a moment before he splurts green tea down his chin and meditates on the unfairness of life instead.