Nikoli / Nikoli Sudoku Contest in Houston
2010-04-16 00:00 #10040003
Nikoli, the pioneer of logic puzzles, gave Sudoku contests at Japan Festival in Houston on April 11th. Japan-America Society of Houston invited Nikoli for the festival with more than 20,000 visitors. Maki Kaji briefly talked about the history of how he discovered and named Sudoku. He took questions from the audience and gave three Sudoku contests. Three winners solved the problem in less than 10 minutes and received Nikoli’s original puzzles as prize. Maki signed the festival’s original t-shirts and took pictures with Sudoku fans.
Nikoli / Nikoli Book Signing at Sakura Matsuri in DC
2010-04-15 00:00 #10040002
160,000 people attended the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival, produced by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC on April 10th. Nikoli’s original Sudoku books published by Workman Publishing and other puzzles published by Sterling Publishing were sold on the main street. A number of Sudoku fans gathered at the Kinokuniya Bookstore tent for taking pictures with Maki Kaji and have him autograph the books for their families and friends. People were asking Maki about the new puzzles which are now available on iphone including Akari and Shikaku.
Nikoli / Maki Kaji: Celebrity Judge at Japan Bowl
2010-04-13 00:00 #10040001
Maki Kaji, the Godfather of Sudoku, gave a speech on Sudoku and played a gamble game with 250 high school students who study Japanese in the U.S. on April 9th. Through the game, he tried to share his love of playing with words. The Japan Bowl® is an academic competition that tests the achievements of the hish school student studying Japanese language. Maki was invited as a celebrity judge for the competition. The Japan-America Society of Washington DC created the Japan Bowl in 1992. Not only it tests language, but also it tests the students’ knowledge of Japan, the country including cultures.
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