The Japanese language is rich in words and expressions influenced by nature, history and culture. This episode looks at words related to shogi, also known as Japanese chess. Shogi is believed to have originated in ancient India, and shares roots with Western chess. The game has been enjoyed in Japan for more than 1,000 years. Many of the expressions born from shogi are used widely today in business and daily conversation. From his home in Kyoto Prefecture, poet and literary translator Peter MacMillan guides us through these words and the culture behind them.
Narikin: new money
Takabisha: arrogant
Sente o utsu: make the first move
Mochigoma: resources at hand