On an adventure late at night, I was walking home from Akihabara and as I was passing through Ryogoku I noticed something very odd. I passed a bench and in between two benches was a board. There were a couple of shogi pieces etched into a metal board and I was surprised to see a place on the street where people can play shogi! Shogi is, for lack of a better term, Japanese chess. It has different rules and different pieces but it is similar in nature. While the game isn’t that popular anymore it is still played by many people. It is also a mystery to many others, just as chess can be a mystery for many in N. America too. The only problem is that like any other public board game, there are no pieces. You must bring your own shogi pieces to the board but I’m sure someone has them out there. Now if only someone would be there to teach me how to play.
- Shogi (Wikipedia)