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The Chess Variant Pages

Wa Shogi pictures

Below are some pictures of a board and pieces for Wa Shogi, a large shogi variant played with or without drops. The set was aquired in 1985 from George Hodges, and is still available from him (see contact information below).

The board is vinyl, about 18 x 19.5 inches (47.7 x 49.5 cm). The playing surface is approximately 14.375 x 15.5 inches (36.5 x 39.4 cm). The pieces are a dense yellow plastic, with the unpromoted rank written in black, and the promotion rank written in red. The Crane King is about 1.25 inches (3.2 cm) long.

The photos were taken with a Nikon COOLPIX 2000 digital camera.

Wa Shogi: setup Wa Shogi: player's eye view Wa Shogi: all pieces Wa Shogi: close up of Crane King and Swallow Pawn


A price list of Shogi variant sets and books, as well as other shogi equipment can be obtained from

George Hodges
P.O. Box 77
Kent BR1 4ZG

or by email at:

Written by John Lawson.
WWW page created: October 26, 2002.