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Taimei Koma for Shogi Beginners

By FUNDAMENT 

People often call the boardgame shogi “Japanese chess,” but it’s not a perfect comparison. Shogi pieces, known as koma, move differently and the learning curve can be steep for newbies. Fortunately, Taimei Inaba of the FUNDAMENT design collective conceived of Taimei Koma for Shogi Beginners.

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Winner of a prestigious 2016 Good Design Award, Taimei Koma feature artful designs indicating where the pieces can move. Normally, you would have read the kanji characters, but these are much more intuitive. Beautiful, too, each piece is handcarved and painted and together come in a handsome gifting box.

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Specifications:
Box size (mm): 87 x 50 x 97
Material: maple

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Contributed by Shaun

Shaun is White Rabbit's resident expert on Japanese design, technology and conbini snacks.

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