Tag - shogi



A shogi board game with human pieces is played out in Tendo, Yamagata Prefecture, last year.
Mar 29, 2024
The vocabulary of shogi can help you make moves in your conversations
The world of shogi, a game that is often described as a form of Japanese chess, has given us much more than just checkmates.
Shogi player Sota Fujii speaks to reporters in Tokyo on Thursday after extending his winning streak in title matches to 20, breaking a record set more than half a century ago.
Feb 9, 2024
Shogi star Fujii renews record for title match winning streak
Fujii holds all eight major titles for the traditional Japanese board game.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy (left) and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visit the cenotaph for atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima on May 21 during the Group of Seven summit. Zelenskyy’s visit to one of the two cities attacked with a nuclear weapon came amid Russia’s veiled threats to use its nuclear arsenal in its war against Ukraine.
Dec 28, 2023
Images of 2023: Japan
Outside of the successful G7 summit, the year was not kind to PM Fumio Kishida's unpopular administration. A kickback scandal provided one final headache.
Shogi player Sota Fujii holds a card that says "eight titles," in the city of Kyoto on Wednesday.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 12, 2023
Sota Fujii becomes first player to win all eight major shogi titles
The 21-year-old took the Oza crown, having won Game 4 to finish the best-of-five match against 31-year-old Takuya Nagase.
An inside page of The Japan Times from 1973 carried a story about the discovery of some old Japanese chess pieces.
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Aug 1, 2023
Japan Times 1973: 8 'oldest' shogi pieces found in castle's ruins
An ancient discovery and moments that mark the atomic bombings fill past August pages of Japan Times.
Japan Times
Mar 19, 2023
Sota Fujii becomes second player in shogi history to hold six major titles
Twenty-year-old Sota Fujii became only the second player in the history of the shogi board game to hold six major titles after winning the Kio crown.
Japan Times
Feb 12, 2022
Sota Fujii becomes youngest shogi player with five major titles
Fujii completed a sweep of 37-year-old Akira Watanabe in the best-of-seven Osho championship with his Game 4 victory.
Japan Times
Nov 14, 2021
Sota Fujii wins shogi's Ryuo crown, making him youngest player to hold four major titles
The young shogi prodigy has broken numerous age-related records, turning pro at 14 years and 2 months and capturing his first major title at 17 years and 11 months.
Japan Times
Sep 14, 2021
Shogi star Sota Fujii becomes youngest to win three of eight major titles
In a game long dominated by experienced veterans, Fujii has broken numerous 'youngest' records.
Japan Times
Feb 9, 2021
Amid a global chess boom, shogi eyes its own winning moves
The game has seen a surge in interest during the pandemic, with children and adults alike dusting off their boards or joining online communities.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 31, 2021
Analog activities that will get (and keep) you off your phone
We all know too much screen time is bad for us. So hit the off button and consider picking up one of these Japanese hobbies instead.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 28, 2019
After 34 years and a 13-year jail term, 85-year-old finally exonerated in Kumamoto murder retrial
In a retrial held decades after his conviction, a court on Thursday acquitted an 85-year-old man of a 1985 murder in Kumamoto Prefecture.
Japan Times
Dec 22, 2018
Shogi master Yoshiharu Habu goes titleless for first time in 27 years
Shogi master Yoshiharu Habu lost his Ryuo title to 31-year-old challenger Akihito Hirose, leaving him without a major shogi title for the first time in 27 years.
Japan Times
Dec 13, 2018
Sota Fujii, 16, becomes youngest shogi player to reach 100 wins
Sixteen-year-old shogi prodigy Sota Fujii secured his 100th official match victory Wednesday, becoming the youngest professional player of the Japanese board game to reach the milestone in addition to doing so at the fastest pace in history.
Japan Times
Aug 29, 2018
'The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan': It's never too late to make your move
Chess pops up in a surprising number of feature films. Just look at all the documentaries and dramas about the outrageously gifted Bobby Fischer. Shogi, or Japanese chess, is a different and smaller story, though "Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow," a 2016 film about prodigy Satoshi Murayama, garnered awards...
Japan Times
May 19, 2018
Shogi whiz Fujii becomes youngest promoted to seventh dan
The young genius continues his meteoric climb by earning the Japanese chess game's third-highest rank at the age of 15 years and 9 months.
Japan Times
Feb 17, 2018
Teen shogi whiz Sota Fujii wins Tokyo tourney, toppling legendary master Yoshiharu Habu
Shattering age records for championships and promotions, teen shogi phenom Sota Fujii blitzes the field at the Asahi Cup tournament, defeating legendary master Yoshiharu Habu along the way.
Japan Times
Feb 15, 2018
Shogi showdown pits 'god' against 'genius'
The match of the century. The battle between a "god" and a "genius." The faceoff between the undisputed champion of shogi and his touted successor.
Japan Times
Feb 14, 2018
Japanese government presents go and shogi champions with national award for sweeping major titles
The government Tuesday bestowed the People's Honor Award on two champions of the traditional Japanese board games of shogi and go, making the two men the first recipients of the prize in their respective fields.
Japan Times
Jan 5, 2018
Pair become first board game players to receive Japan's People's Honor Award
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday officially decided to bestow the prestigious People's Honor Award on professional shogi and go champions, making the pair the first board game players to bag the award.


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