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  I am fascinated by the Japanese chess, Shogi, though I do not know how to play.  I have been fortunate to get to know some professional Shogi players (those who have held highest titles) and found them very interesting, inspiring, and wonderful people. 

  I also have read quite a few books written by Mr. Mochio Umeda (in Japanese in many cases) discussing the role of IT, Google, career, the concept of “public” etc. etc.  I do like his writing, as it is inspiring and very insightful. 

  Last week, his new book entitled “Silicon Valley perspective on Shogi–How professional Shogi players such as Yoshiharu Habu gives foresight for the emerging world of IT.”(Not quite a good translation yet, but is my first attempt).   It is such an insightful book that I simply loved it.

  Days later, I found on Mr. Umeda’s blog that he gives approval(not sure whether this is a right term or not) to  anybody that wants to translate the content of the book into any language so that many more people become familiar and get to know Shogi.   I thought this is such a fabulous idea. 

   This morning, I found on his blog that there is a big wiki type project starting to translate the content of his book into English.  This is even more fascinating. 

  I want the philosophy, history, depth, and newness of Shogi to be known by more people throughout the world.  Even though I do not know how to play, just being exposed to Shogi and Shogi players and how Umeda san interpretes Shogi in the context of IT and Web world is fascinating.  Will have more to follow. Here is the link which shows “how to play shogi” in English via You Tube I received on my blog entry in Japanese.

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    • John
    • May 1st, 2009

    Could you please link to the wiki? Thanks!

  1. What is more played in Japan? Real chess as we know it or Shogi?

    • yishikura
    • June 2nd, 2009

    Hi, Nobi, thanks for your question.
    I tried to get some facts, but so far in vain. I believe it is Shogi, as real chess is still not that well known.

  2. There’s a good video on YouTube, that shows Shogi:

    Another cultural variation of Chess is Thai Chess (Makruk):

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