Akodo Soko was a member of the Lion Clan who, sometime in the 10th century, standardized the rules for Shogi. [1] She also developed the ranking system for tournament play before her death. She was given the title of meijin by an official panel of shogi judges. There after all shogi masters became known as soko-meijin to honor the first great champion. Her efforts were commemorated by granting honorary fealty to the Lion Clan to every new soko-meijin. [2]


  1. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 32
  2. Game Master's Guide; 2nd Ed, p. 74

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