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Monthly Archive:2015/01

Shogi, The General’s Board Game – History and Origin

In my last series of posts, we learned about the board game Go. Another popular Japanese board is the Shogi. It is also known as the Japanese chess or the General’s Game. In this series, we will learn its history, how to play it, and its influence to popular culture.…

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Basic Japanese : Historical “I” in Japanese

Old-fashioned / historical “I” in Japanese The following “I” pronouns are well-known and can be quite often heard / seen in historical stories especially those which are set in the Edo period. But, these are rarely used in the present time.…

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Let’s Play “Go”! – The Go Board Game in Modern Times and Popular Culture

The Go board game became popular not only in Asia but also in other countries. It also spawned many work of art and fictions.…

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Basic Japanese : How to say “I” in Japanese – Part 2 –

General, but not very often used “I” in Japanese Several first-person singular pronouns for common people, only used by some. Neutral [Jibun] “Jibun” means “oneself”. Can be used by anybody according to circumstances, but I guess few common people use this as a usual pronoun for themselves.…

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Let’s Play “Go”! – Terms and Strategies

In our previous posts about Go, we learned that Go is a game which originated in China (Go History) and we also learned its basic rules (Go Rules). In this post, we will learn about strategies and other terms in Go.…

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Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo – Tickets & Directions

Last year, I had the chance to visit Ghibli Museum during my trip in Tokyo. I always thought of going there but whenever I tried to, I always end up realizing that it’s already too late to purchase an entrance ticket that fits my schedule since it has to be reserved ahead of time.…

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Let’s Play “Go”! – How to Play the Board Game Go

The game Go is a quest to conquer territories. One of the two players uses black stones and the other white stones to mark out their respective territories. The player who has captured more territory at the end of the game is the winner.…

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Basic Japanese : How to say “I” in Japanese – Part 1 –

In Japanese, there are many ways to call yourself. Here, I’m trying to explain the differences of each word, but please note they are my own personal impressions and other Japanese may not feel the same way. The word “I” in Japanese Although we have many words for “I”, it is frequently omitted.…

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Let’s Play “Go”! – History of the Board Game Go

The game of ‘Go’ has its origin in China 4,000 years ago. It is more than 1,300 years since ‘Go’ was introduced to Japan. During these centuries, the ancient Chinese form of ‘Go’ has been modified and improved by the Japanese.…

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Japanese Literature : Seishi Yokomizo – Part 2 –

Kousuke Kindaichi - "Honjin Satsujin Jiken" - Kousuke first appeared in “Honjin Satsujin Jiken”, the Case of the Honjin Murder, which was a serialization in a magazine in 1946. Note: “Honjin”, in this case, was a hotel for officers of the government, top samurais like “daimyou” who were directory under the Shogun and noble people in the Edo period.…

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