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High-Profile People of 2017 Featured on “Hagoita” Paddles (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Princess Mako, her fiance-to-be Komuro Kei, teenage shōgi sensation Fujii Sōta, and seven other people who drew much public and media attention this year, as well as a giant panda cub at a Tokyo zoo are featured on colorful hagoita wooden paddles unveiled by Japanese traditional doll maker Kyūgetsu on Wednesday. The routine hagoita-unveiling event was held at…

Shōgi Master Habu Wins Seventh “Eisei” Lifetime Title (News)

Ibusuki, Kagoshima Pref., Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)—Habu Yoshiharu, 47, became the first-ever professional shōgi player to win seven eisei lifetime titles on Tuesday. Japanese professional shōgi player Habu Yoshiharu is seen after he became the first-ever professional shōgi player to win seven eisei lifetime titles in Ibusuki in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, Tuesday, December 5, 2017. (©…

“Shōgi” in a Galaxy Far Far Away: Craftsman Unveils Star-Wars-Themed Set (Japan in Photos)

Takahashi Chizan, a shōgi craftsman in Tendō, Yamagata Prefecture, poses with hand-carved game pieces featuring Princess Leia, and other well-known Star Wars characters. Takahashi took around a month to complete the set based on the popular science fiction franchise. The Last Jedi, the latest installment in the long-running movie series, is scheduled to hit theaters on December 15. (© Jiji)

Youngest Pro Shōgi Player Fujii to Advance to High School (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)—Fujii Sōta, the youngest professional shōgi player, who grabbed the spotlight by setting an unprecedented winning streak earlier this year, has decided to move on to high school. Fujii, 15, plans to study at Nagoya University Affiliated Upper Secondary School in the city of Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, from April 2018 after graduating from …

From One Record Holder to Another (Japan in Photos)

Japanese shōgi prodigy Fujii Sōta (right) and yokozuna Hakuhō lock hands at the Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Nagoya on July 12, 2017. Fujii, a native of nearby Seto, met with Hakuhō during the Nagoya Tournament and gave the grand champion a folding fan printed with the phrase shinshi o tassu (achieve your goals). Hakuhō, who surpassed legendary yokozuna Taihō with his thirty-third tournament…

Shōgi Star Fujii Defeated After 29 Straight Wins (News)

Tokyo, July 2 (Jiji Press)—Japanese teenage shōgi sensation Fujii Sōta suffered the first loss in his professional career on Sunday, ending his record-breaking unbeaten streak at 29 games. Fujii—the nation's youngest professional shōgi player at age 14, who holds the rank of fourth dan—was defeated by fifth-dan Sasaki Yūki, 22, in the second round of the Ryūō tournament. "I can't complain ab…

Youngest Pro Shōgi Player Fujii Sets Record Streak at 29 Wins (News)

Tokyo, June 26 (Jiji Press)—Fujii Sōta, the youngest professional shōgi player, set an unprecedented record on Monday, marking the 29th official straight win since his debut in December last year. Fujii, the 14-year-old shōgi sensation holding the rank of fourth dan, rewrote a record-winning streak for the first time in 30 years by defeating fourth-dan Masuda Yasuhiro, 19, the only other teenag…

Youngest Pro “Shōgi” Player Matches Record Winning Run (News)

Osaka, June 21 (Jiji Press)—Fujii Sōta, the youngest professional shōgi player, on Wednesday recorded his twenty-eighth straight win since his debut, matching the longest official unbeaten streak in the history of the traditional Japanese board game. The 14-year-old shōgi sensation, who holds the rank of fourth dan, beat sixth-dan Sawada Shingo, 25, in 99 moves, in the first qualifying round fo…

Youngest Pro Shōgi Player Wins 23rd Straight Game since Debut (News)

Osaka, June 7 (Jiji Press)—Fujii Sōta, the youngest professional shōgi player, on Wednesday extended his winning streak since his debut to a 23rd official game. Fourth-dan Fujii, a 14-year-old junior high school third-grader, beat fifth-dan Miyamoto Hiroshi, 31, in 141 moves, in the third round of the second Jōshū Yamada Challenge Cup in the western Japan city of Osaka. With the win, Fujii …

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