Nikoli / Nikoli / American High School Students Created their First Japanese Crossword with Maki

2012-04-27 03:40   #12040002

img12040002_1 Maki Kaji, celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Japan Bowl, a Japanese language national championship for American high school students. Maki has been invited as a special judge by the organizer for the last five years. During the entertainment session, Maki shared the making of a Japanese crossword in Nikoli way with more than 200 students. Students came up with words such as koibito (lover), kokuhaku (tell someone how you feel) and tomodachi (friend). Maki then helped students create a story like, “I wanted to be a lover with her and told her how I felt. She rejected me but we ended up as a friend.” Maki said creating puzzles is fun when you can put one’s personality with a sense of humor.

Nikoli / Malaysia Sudoku Society Raised 88,000 yen for the Japan Relief

2011-03-30 21:43   #11030001

img11030001_1 Maki joined a Sudoku event in Malaysia as a special guest of Malaysia Sudoku Society on March 19th. More than 150 people atteneded the Sudoku contest, the workshops on how to solve the advanced Sudoku and the making of Sudoku from 2-5pm. Responding to people's concern toward the Japan's earthquakes and nuclear plants, Maki said, "Thank you for your concern. I believe Japan recovers to become stronger as a nation." People made the total of 88,000 yen donation to the Japan Relief after Maki's two-hour lecture, "Sudoku Behind & Behind." Maki autographed Nikoli's books for people who made donation. The donation will go to the people affected in the disaster through the Red Cross. Maki was impressed with the passion of people in Malaysia, who are trying to build a puzzle culture through the popularity of Sudoku in their country.

Photos by Lim

Nikoli / Slitherlink Featured in Mensa Magazine

2010-06-01 23:28   #10060001

Mensa is the world's largest high-IQ society founded in 1946. You can become a Mensa member when passing its approved intelligence test and scoring at the 98th percentile. Only top 2% of the world's population would be able to become its member. American Mensa with 50,000 members introduced Nikoli's slitherlink in the May issue of its monthly magazine for the Utah members. Titled as "Slitherlink Satisfaction," Mr. Casey Harris wrote, "I've found this puzzle, which like Sudoku features numbers but is not really mathematical in nature, to be incredibly addicting and very satisfying to solve."

Pages 8-9 of THE JOURNAL OF UTAH MENSA.
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