Nikoli / Puzzle Making with 6th Grade Students

2015-10-23 07:55   #15100002

img15100002_1img15100002_2 February 6, 2015-Nikoli's CEO, Maki Kaji and his staff visited the sixth grade at the Kuramae Elementary School, which is located across the street from its HQ. Children learned not only the solving aspect of Sudoku and crossword but also the making aspect with which they enjoyed very much.

Nikoli / The 3rd Annual Malaysian Sudoku Championship for the Grade-Level Students

2015-10-06 02:29   #15100001

Solving the puzzle together with peersimg15100001_2 The third Sudoku Championship for elementary school students took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 13th, 2015. Seven states out of 13 Malaysian states participated in the tournament. Students from Kalimantan island, the furthest state, traveled by sea.

The number of participating schools reached 37 schools, which is the record high. The championship has gained popularity year by year. Nikoli has been supporting the tournament with its organizer, Malaysian Sudoku Society since the implementation of the tournament. Students competed to the last round with Nikoli's puzzle questions.

Solving the puzzle together with peers (Top)
The Winning Team (Bottom)

Nikoli / The History of Sudoku Began as a Coincidence 30 Years Ago

2015-06-02 03:34   #15060001

img15060001_1 Japan Foreign Policy Forum featured an article about Nikoli this month. The article was originally published in Nikkei Shimbun Press and translated for the forum. It discusses how Sudoku started and evolved over the years to the point that it was loved and embraced around the globe. Maki Kaji, the godfather of Sudoku, shared his experience on his visit to Mozambique. "When I explained sudoku at a university in Mozambique, where there are apparently many people who dislike numbers, an instructor told me that he was moved, when he saw all of his students writing down numbers during class for the first time."

Nikoli is now ready to take a global initiative in the puzzle world. Maki shared his vision of opening a puzzle retail store in New York.  "Puzzles are a culture and can also be a lifestyle. Based on this belief, I intend to spread the joy of puzzles around the world," Maki said.

The article in English is found at