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Shogi is a game, somewhat like chess, played one-on-one. Each player takes turns moving one of 20 pieces on a nine-by-nine board. The person who captures the other player's osho (king) wins. There are eight different types of pieces, and each may be moved only in a certain way.
The wooden pieces emit a sharp thump when placed in position, creating a uniquely tense atmosphere. The pieces attained their pentagon shape approximately 1,000 years ago, and it's said that the current rules were formed in the latter half of the 16th century.
Developed Streetscapes and Grids (literally go-board lines)
The game of "go," which uses black and white stones, came to Japan from China over 1,300 years ago. There are 19 vertical and 19 horizontal lines on the go board, and towns that have been developed with this structure are described as being like a go-board grid. In the 8th century, go-board grid cities such as Nara and Kyoto were born, with similar towns around Japan still existing today.