Nikoli / Puzzle Workshop at Japan Bowl of Southern California

2014-03-06 04:06   #14030002

img14030002_1img14030002_2 The West coast version of Japan Bowl, the Japanese Language and Culture Competition for American high school students are held in Los Angeles on March 1, 2014. Organized by Japan America Society of Southern California, more than 50 students joined the competition.

Nikoli supported the event by hosting a puzzle cultural workshop lead by Maki Kaji. Before the competition, students relaxed their mind and brain with figuring out wooden puzzles and creating a crossword in Japanese. Sandra Nunez, a LA student who has been studying Japanese, said, "It was super fun even though it was hard to make a crossword using only a noun." Students also enjoyed solving Sudoku and 30 difference picture puzzle.

Nikoli / Puzzling Time at LA's Best Afterschool Program

2014-03-06 04:04   #14030001

img14030001_1img14030001_2img14030001_3 More than 1000 elementary schools in Los Angeles participate in LA's Best program providing after school care program for mid to low income families in the area. Nikoli supported the program at
Compton Avenue Elementary School where more than 120 students from five to ten years old. Students welcomed Maki Kaji for the first time and were excited to try PictureDoku, the picture version of Sudoku. Maki used an apple, banana and grape to create 3 x 3 cells.

Instead of giving a correct answer, Maki emphasized the importance of wondering in our lives.
He said, "The more question marks you have in your daily life, the more you can get excited when you find out the answer to your questions. I think the person with more question marks is cool."
Maki did not give the answer to puzzles he presented. "Once you know the answer, it is not a puzzle anymore. You stop thinking process. So please enjoy the thinking part of solving a puzzle."
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