Alena Eckelmann

Shogi Time at Tendo Town

Painting a shogi piece as lucky charm

Alena Eckelmann   - 1 min read

Tendo Town in Yamagata is the home of Japanese chess. Wherever you go, you will come across shogi pieces in some shape and form. If you come to Tendo Tower, home of the Shogimura (Shogi Village), you can try your hands at painting a shogi piece yourself or purchase a new shogi set. You will choose your lucky character and then create your lucky shogi charm. Did you know that Tendo Town produces 95% of all shogi pieces made in Japan? If you are a Japanese chess enthusiast, this is the place to come.

Alena Eckelmann

Alena Eckelmann @alena.eckelmann

Founder of Kii Monogatari, my story and the story of the Kii Peninsula of Japan. Originally from East Germany, I came to Tokyo, via Berlin and London, in 2005. In summer 2011 I moved by choice to remote Kumano in the south of the Kii Peninsula where I live, work and play now, and explore every da...