Sankichi Sakata

Sankichi Sakata

Birth
Japan
Death 23 Jul 1946 (aged 76)
Japan
Burial Osaka, Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan
Memorial ID 21314698 · View Source
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Legendary shogi (Japanese chess) master. Sakata was born into a poor family and became so obsessed with the game of shogi during his childhood that he did not accomplish much schooling and was essentially illiterate. Due to his exceptional skills, his name became nearly synonymous with the game. He was posthumously awarded the title of "Meijini" (Grand Champion) and "Oshoi" (King) by the Japan Shogi Association in 1955. He was portrayed by actor Ryutaro Tatsumi in the biographical movie, "Osho Ichidai" (1955). He was also portrayed by actor Rentaro Mikuni in the movies "Osho" (1962) and "Zoku Osho" (1963).


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  • Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
  • Added: 2 Sep 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 21314698
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sankichi Sakata (3 Jun 1870–23 Jul 1946), Find a Grave Memorial no. 21314698, citing Hattori Reien, Osaka, Osaka-shi, Osaka, Japan ; Maintained by Warrick L. Barrett (contributor 395) .