SHOUGI (Japanese Chess)


Shougi is a very popular board game in Japan. The origin of Shougi is assumed, like chess, to be China. The rules are about the same as chess, but there are some differences in the movement of the pieces and in the size of the board. As an example, Shougi does not have a Queen. Instead of a Queen, there are pieces cald Kinsho (the Golden General) and Ginsho (the Silver General) which can move in various directions. The largest difference between chess and Shougi is that players can put pieces they captured on the board wherever they like  according to some rules. Please have a look at the following English Shougi sites.

Would you like to try playing the game?

Click to access rules.pdf

The heavy snow in Tokyo

Hello everyone.
Have you ever seen snow?
Last Saturday, we had an extraordinary heavy snowfall in Tokyo.
In winter, we have a lot of snow in the northern areas and mountainous areas in Japan.
But such heavy snow is very unusual. This was the heaviest snowfall in 45 years in Tokyo.
A heavy snow is unpleasant for many people, because it causes a lot of trouble for traffic and every day activities. In our school, classes were called off and students were sent home earlier than usual. On Monday, we had to remove snow from the school yard. However children looked very happy having snowball fights and making ”YUKIDARUMA (Japanese snowmen)”.
I heard that there were floods in Europe and a very cold wave hit the USA. I think that abnormal weather is occurring all over the world. It may be influence of global warming.
How about the weather in Ghana?

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What I thought about Oware


I thought that the game of Oware was very fun. Since it was my first time playing, we only played with the most simple rule.But that simpleness combined with the excietment of this game really surprised me. I’d like to play the game of Oware again with more rules added on.

Enpin (7th Grade Student)

P.S.  He was the best player.

Our impressions about OWARE

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Our impressions about OWARE

1.       I’m very impressed by playing OWARE, because the game is so much fun though its rules are quite simple.  The simplicity of the game is very beautiful, I think.   It is so easy to understand the rule, but it is necessary to concentrate in order to win.   The game you gave us is home made. From the game, I felt the warmth of African earth.

    Thank you very much for your wonderful present.

Shinya Shino (Teacher)

2.     It was a very interesting board game, and was a new experience for me.

Until then, when someone  said board  game,  I thought of “SHOUGI” (Japanese Chess).  It made me want to share this game with my friends and family. I look forward to playing “SHOUGI” with you guys someday.

Kazuki Yamamoto (9th Grade student)

3.  I thought the game would be like Backgammon and Monopoly.  But,in fact, we need to use our brains.  As a result, I enjoyed it very much. Thank you.

Yoshihiro T. (10th Grade student)

4.  I think that OWARE is very interesting and a game which requires intelligence.  It looks simple, but it’s difficult to win.

Bukou Hinohara  (10th Grade student)

5.  We had a very nice time playing OWARE.  We found several different kinds of rules about the game. We, just beginners, used the simplest rules.

I have two questions. I heard that the game is the oldest board game in the world.  Is this true?  And what kind of seeds are put in Oware?

Next week we will introduce some traditional Japanese board or card games to you.


M.Funahashi (teacher)