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TENDO

Basho didn't stop but passed through the town of Tendo when he visited Yamadera. Not overly famous then, Tendo today is known for its Japanese chess (shogi) pieces.

The town produces 95 per cent of all pieces produced in Japan and many chess piece shaped monuments can be seen around the town. The origin of the quest to dominate the shogi piece market dates back to the end of the Edo period when the then lord of the Tendo clan encouraged his lower ranked warriors to produce pieces on the side. Today, an event in which participants move just like each shogi pieces on a large board is held atop Mt. Maizuruyama every spring under the blooming cherry blossoms. In Tendo, all is not shogi however as the local onsen is also rather famous nowadays. A relatively new hot spring source, it boasts an ample supply of water heated by mother earth.
In addition, the Dewazakura Museum of Art is located in the grounds of the Dewazakura Sake Brewery mixing antiques from Korai and Richo with the national drink.

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