For some reason it seems that net users in Japan are fascinated by the sight of beautiful women doing perfectly normal things. Whether it’s creating art, playing sports, or working in the news or government, netizens are shocked every time an attractive woman actually does something rather than just staying home all day being beautiful.
And the latest in the women doings things obsession is Beni Taketama, a professional shogi player. Although we do have to mention that she is still only a 17-year-old high school girl, so some of the comments like “she really filled out nicely” and “I’d buy a photobook of her” are a little on the creepy side.
Beni Taketama broke into the world of shogi in 2008 when she was only a fourth grader by winning the first Koma-Hime (Pawn Princess) Championship held by the Japan Shogi Association. She quickly rose through the ranks of women’s professional shogi, because this is Japan and men and women’s shogi are separated.
Just four years later, in 2012 she became a professional female shogi player, and she is currently a 1-kyu female player, which is the last step before the more difficult and renowned dan levels. Still, it’s a very impressive accomplishment for someone who still has high school tests to study for and essays to write.
Of course none of that matters to the Japanese netizens. They’re only concerned with one thing: the fact that she’s cute. So here are some pictures of Beni Taketama doing her shogi thing. If you listen closely you can hear the shouts of “kawaiii!” still echoing inside the Twittersphere:
▼ Beni-san looking like she’s had enough of your questions and just wants to play some shogi!
じんたん (@ashimojanaiyo) July 10, 2014
▼ Ah, there we go. A nice casual game.
kaz-it（ｶｽﾞｲｯﾄ） (@bramsfuribisya) July 25, 2013
▼ And a fancier game played in kimono.
紅ちゃん生で見てきた。 超可愛かった(*´Д`*) http://t.co/veTj7WCNc0—
よしお (@kaho_yoshio) August 03, 2014
▼ “Oh, I’m sorry. I was just bored since you were taking so long.”
こむすびまる (@yukinak0510) August 04, 2014
▼ “How much longer do I have to pose for? I kind of have a Pre-Calc quiz to study for….”
kaz-it（ｶｽﾞｲｯﾄ） (@bramsfuribisya) July 26, 2013
▼ She’s already a star in the women’s shogi world, inviting other girls to play.
芸能eroticism (@twsassoon) August 10, 2015
▼ Is… is she playing more than one game at once?
牧 宏一 (@0mr3252b199003j) July 27, 2015
▼ The stare of pure concentration. You’re dead next turn, buddy.
美少女画像まとめスレ (@matome_girls) July 03, 2015
▼ A variety of Beni-san stares, ranging from “I’ll play with my food a little longer” to “all right, let’s end this.” (Click to enlarge.)
女流棋士 竹俣紅 http://t.co/AUz2OF9yNY—
こさか (@itanoosi) September 06, 2015
Here’s a video of Beni talking about the girls’ shogi club that she coaches. Of course the video ends with one of the guys saying “wow that’s amazing for a girl.” Nice, guys. I bet she’s never heard that one before…
Of course, as much fun as it is to poke fun at Beni Taketama’s fans, as long as they keep a respectful distance and don’t go crazy, then hopefully they will support her in becoming the best shogi player that she can be. Here’s to looking forward to seeing Beni-san break some boys’ hearts when she crushes them in shogi from here on!