I-tsu-tsu Co. Ltd.


Shogi General Goods Dokotama (Shogi board printed on Furoshiki, a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth): Crab Castle

2,760 (JPY)

Product Description

Shogi Board to Foster heart to Care about Equipment

If you use high quality equipment and take good care of it,  you could appreciate a strong appealing quality that Shogi possess.  Today, you are living in mass production and mass consumption society.  Now more than ever, we, i-tsu-tsu, regards our mission as providing children opportunities in which they can enjoy Shogi that is a part of authentic traditional Japanese culture.  We have produced Shogi board made of fabric that artisans put a lot of work into making. Each product was dyed carefully by traditional techniques. The more you use, the softer the fabric becomes, adding unique texture.  Using such special products, children would get to love their things and taking care of them. Our ancestors have passed down Shogi as one of traditional Japanese culture since Heian era.  This product contains the hope that children would do the same as our ancestors.

Dyeing Techniques Passed Down from Muromachi Era

There are several dyeing methods in Japan.  We employed one of them, which is named Shirushi-zome (印染).  This method is mainly used in printing images or marks on flags, shop curtains, Japanese Happi coats, or Japanese hand towels.  Products made by this method is characterized by cleary printed design that can be easily distinguished from others. This product is made by the technique of Nassen (捺染) which is a kind of Shirushi-zome.  Most of the products made by this technique are characterized as something to be handed down for generations.

Both Shogi and Shirushi-zome are things to be handed down for generations.  We do hope that our products with combination of these two will create a new history.

* Process of Making Our Produces

Production of Dokotama

Pictures show the process of making our fabric Shogi board, Dokotama.
The process follows these steps:
1: Create data of designs set a framework of those designes on a cloth, and then apply glue on it.
Dye is dissolved in the glue. Designs are dyed one after the other with a squeegee like paddle.
2: Dry the dyed cloth, steam it to fix dye, wash away unnecessary dye with water, and dry it.
3: Cut the dried cloth, and sew each piece carefully.

Supervised by a Mother, a Ladies Professional Shogi Player, and Reflecting Traditions and Playful Mind

Dokotama is supervised by Ms. Akiko Nakakura, a mother of three children and a ladies professional Shogi player.  Designs printed on a heart-warming cloth dyed by Japanese artisans come from the combinations of Shogi and luck charms.  Praying for children’s happiness and health, they are full of Mother’s love.

Also, Dokotama is very light and handy. While a mother is busy in doing household chores, children may play a Shogi game with a father. Or, children can bring it to their grandparents to play a game together. This product could play a role as a good communication tool as well.

Crab Castle

Crab Castle Is One of Kakoi, Castle

Shogi has several unique terminologies.  “Crab castle” is one of them. It is named so, because Gyoku (King) moves like a crab to the right and left.  This castle is strong against the attacks from above, but relatively vulnerable to the attacks from the side.  Let’s Gyoku (King) escape against the side attacks, moving it crabwise!

Carefully Selected Colour; Hiiro in Japanese (Scarlet)

Very Popular Colour since Ancient Times in Japan

We employed a colour of Hiiro, Scarlet, for a product with a Crab castle design.  There is a record that tells us that the silk cloth dyed in Hiiro was found from remains of the Yayoi period.  This colour has been loved by Japanese for ever lasting time.  The colour contains our hope that children can appreciate beauty of Hiiro, which is one of traditional Japanese colours.

Can Be Used as Wrapping Cloth

This fabric Shogi board can be used as a wrapping cloth.  In Japanese wrapping cloths are called Furoshiki that represents modest Japanese culture like Shogi.  You may take a Shogi piece box to grandparents’ houses or somewhere travel destinations wrapping it with this cloth.  We created the Japanese name of this product, Dokotama, by combining two Japanese words, Dokodemo (anywhere) and Tamani (sometimes).  We hope children use Dokotama as a Shogi board anywhere and as a wrapping cloth sometimes.  We do hope children get to appreciate authentic Japanese culture while using Dokotama.

Dokotama Can Be Used Both as a Shogi Board and a Wrapping Cloth


Size50cm x 50cm
Material100% cotton
DyeHand dyed in Kyoto
No two handmade products are exactly alike. We would appreciate if you could enjoy variations in texture.