City of Shogi Sounds Alarm over Ebbing Board Game Population

Society Culture

Tendo, Yamagata Pref., Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)--The Yamagata Prefecture city of Tendo, known for being the largest producer of shogi pieces in Japan, is sounding the alarm on the waning popularity of the board game in the nation's city of shogi.

With the diversification of recreational activities, the number of people who enjoy the chess-like traditional Japanese board game within the northeastern Japan city has decreased and many elementary and junior high school students do not know how to play the game.

A survey conducted by the Tendo city government in December 2017 found that 60 pct of students attending elementary and junior high schools within the city did not know how to play shogi.

The decline in the passion for shogi among the next generation sent a shock wave through the city.

In response, Tendo Mayor Shinji Yamamoto proclaimed that he "wants to make the city (a place) where every citizen is able to play shogi."

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