Shogi

40 ivory tiles with black Japanese characters on wooden board with lines dividing into 81 squares
Chess Set, ca 1900-1910.
Galt Museum & Archives P19800005000

Shogi was introduced to Japan from China and evolved into a complex chess style game. Playing pieces are all the same colour and the direction of play is indicated by the shape of the pieces. Unique to this game is the fact that captured playing pieces can be returned to the board by the person who gained possession of them.

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