This is brilliant, and a steal for anyone who has ever tried looking for Shogi in game stores in their hometown. You just can't find it! And if you do find it, it's terribly overpriced. Who wants to pay hundreds of dollars for a board game? This is the traditional game of "Shogi", a Japanese variant of chess that includes promotable pieces, and pieces that, when taken from the opponent, can be "dropped" back into the playing field and used against him or her.
Though the rule-sheet leaves something to be desired, it does convey all the basic rules in an easily understandable format. All the pieces are perfectly shaped, carved out of wood, and even sized appropriately based on their rank and relative value. When promoted, the reverse side of promotable pieces bears a red character stating the piece's new rank. A few extra pawns are even included, in case you lose a piece.
All in all, a terrific game, and fun for the whole family!