Shogi Time at Tendo Town

Painting a shogi piece as lucky charm

By Alena Eckelmann   Mar 2, 2013 - 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.

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Alena Eckelmann

Alena Eckelmann @Alena Eckelmann

Celebrating my 10th year anniversary in Japan in May 2018, the country that I call home now. I lived in crazy Tokyo for 6 years and since 2011 I call the Kii Peninsula (Kumano, Koyasan and Yoshinoyama) my home. I have visited all 47 prefectures of Japan and for the last 4 years I have worked as a guide for foreign visitors. My special interest is in Japanese nature and spirituality. I love spending time in the forest and mountains and I love visiting temples and shrines. I am also a licensed guide for the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails and for Koyasan, the Buddhist monastery, in addition to being a practitioner and guide for Shinrin Yoku (Forest Therapy).   In recent years I have taken visitors to walk the Kumano Kodo trails, the Nakasendo trail, the 88 temple pilgrimage trail around Shikoku Island and to Dewa Sanzan, the three sacred mountains in Yamagata Prefecture. If you look for nature and spirituality in your trip to Japan, then Wakayama, Nara and Yamagata Prefectures are ideal places to get started!