Shogi Demonstration & Workshop Game Demonstration

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Traditional Game Demonstration with Madoka Kitao and Asuka Itou

By popular demand, the JICC is proud to present a continuation of our shogi event from last November! Often called Japanese chess, shogi is a two-player strategy board game, played on a 9 by 9 uncheckered board. Join us as women's professional shogi players Madoka Kitao and Asuka Itou introduce the rules of shogi and demonstrate a shogi variation for the audience. Afterwards, everyone is invited to try the game for themselves through Ms. Kitao's modified shogi game, Let's Catch the Lion!

About Madoka Kitao

The demonstration will be led by professional shogi player Madoka Kitao. Madoka fell in love with shogi when she was in high school. Her love for shogi, she says, is because the universe of the game is unlimited to the board's 81 squares, on which you can create a unique world with your own will and strategies by moving just one of twenty pieces. She decided to become a professional shogi player and joined Ikuseikai of Japan Shogi Association when she was 17 years-old. After competing for 3 years, Madoka was granted the status of a lady shogi professional player in October 2000 and was promoted to Second dan in August 2013.

Through Nekomado, she publishes "Koma doc," a free paper for shogi amateurs, as well as books discussing shogi. Due to her love for shogi, Madoka also contributes as a master on 81 Dojo.com, and actively works to communicate the nature of shogi through media and various events. She will be present at the Sakura Matsuri in Washington D.C. this year.

About Asuka Itou

Asuka Itou is also a women's professional shogi player. She was taught by her father, famous shogi master Hatasu Itou, from a young age, and was fascinated by the interesting concepts and strategies behind the game. She began playing professionally at age 13. In 2005, she won the title of Women's King Shogi Player at the Kirishima Shuzo Cup Women's Ōshō Title Match. Although she retired professionally in 2009, she still provides instruction and contributes in spreading knowledge of shogi all over the world.

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