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"'Life is nothing but goodbyes'. Who said that again? It's a good, accurate expression. I know I'm going to lose them one by one. From shogi and from life. But I remember. There were a lot of people I liked, and people I disliked. There's no mistake. Who I am now is made up of all those fragments. These sashes are 'hope'. I'm bearing hundreds, even thousands of them now, and sometimes they're so heavy that I can't even move. But because of that weight... because it's bound so tightly... it won't let me run away from my fear of becoming a human torch." - Yanagihara-sensei
Sakutarōu Yanagihara is a professional shogi player who holds the title of Kishou. He is the oldest active shogi player and a strong one at that.

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