Mr. Takanori HashimotoPosted on June 25th, 2009 2 comments
Hello, Magweaselers. Today I want to talk to you about Mr. Takanori Hashimoto, 7th dan in professional shogi over in Japan.
Here’s what Hashimoto looks like:
That was him in 2004, around the time he became good enough to show up on NHK’s Sunday shogi broadcasts.
He changes his hairstyle a lot, too:
Despite his big, beady eyes flitting all over the place in the above video, Hashimoto has a habit of staring at the camera while he’s playing in a televised tournament, something that no doubt pisses off NHK-TV directors:
As the 26-year-old Hashimoto puts it, he changes his hairstyle and clothing frequently because he passed by a girl watching shogi on a department-store TV one afternoon and heard her comment that nobody but otaku-looking guys with glasses ever plays the game. The effort’s paid off for him, and for the sport — despite some criticism, Hashimoto triples NHK’s shogi ratings whenever he shows up on TV.
Earlier this week Hashimoto made it to the final match of the Ōi-sen, one of the seven professional tournaments held every year in Japan. Sadly, he lost to Kazuki Kimura, an 8th-dan player who I’m not even going to post a picture of because he looks like every Japanese middle-aged salaryman you’ve ever seen. Sad. Best of luck next time, Mr. Crazy Hair.
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