Posted by: Ayu
Hi there! This is Ayu from Sakura Hostel Asakusa.
Today, I'm going to tell you about a city which is very famous for SHOGI.
Do you know SHOGI? It's known as Japanese Chess.
Though I'm not very familiar with it's rule, it is very popular game especially among Japanese men.
Last year, I went to Yamagata prefecture to see a football game Montedio Yamagata vs Sagan Tosu.
The stadium is located in Tendo, a city of SHOGI!
When I got off the bullet train, I found many koma, pieces for shogi, used for the decoration on the street.
I could also find many souvenir shops selling shogi boards and pieces.
You'll be able to find small factories as well if you explore the city.
I had some time before the game, so I decided to go to hotspring!
In some hotels around here, you can take the bath without staying at the hotel.
The place is called ''Hotel Ohsho". "Ohsho"(王将) is a king of the shogi pieces.
There was a huge "Ohsho" objet in the lobby.
And in the bathhouse too!!
Last time I went there, I took this bath and won the game.
And this time... I won the game too!!
I'm sure I'll go to this bath again if I have chance to go to the game vs Montedio Yamagata.
(Unfortunatelly, Montedio will play in J.league 2nd division this year, so maybe next year?)
Of course it is fun to visit popular or famous onsen place in Japan, but it's interesting if you explore somewhere not yet known to many tourists!
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Posted by: Ayu (February 17, 2016 5:56 PM)