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Japanese Culture Sudoku


Sudoku is the addictive Japanese number puzzle craze that is sweeping the world. Sudoku was invented by Howard Garns in 1979 and initially became popular in Japan in 1986 and attained international popularity in 2005. It was also further popularized by Nikoli Co. The puzzle was first called Number Place or Nanpure, a logic-based number placement puzzle.

Sudoku (pronounced soo-dough-coo with the emphasis on the first syllable) is a simple number-based puzzle/game played on a 9x9 grid that is divided into 3x3 subgrids. There is only one rule - fill them in so that in each row, column and small square the digits 1 to 9 appear only once. The fact that you have to get certain that each little 3 x 3 power grid incorporates each number 1-9 only in one case importantly increases the complexity of the puzzle.

Sudoku is a mind game and a puzzle that you solve with reasoning and logic. It is an excellent way for kids to develop their logic skills while having fun, and children as young as 7 or 8 can begin to enjoy them. No mathematics is required to solve the puzzles, just highly addictive blend of logic and lateral thinking. Sudoku game usually lasts for 10 to 30 minutes. It depends on the speed and the capability of the player.

Puzzles have always fascinated children and therefore it is easy for a parent or teacher to introduce the Sudoku jigsaw puzzle books to them. This is a challenge that few children can resist and in no time they would be totally addicted to these wonderful puzzles. Puzzles use a very small, well-defined rule set to solve them. They typically take a matter of minutes to comprehend the basic rules and start working on the puzzle.

Sudoku is rapidly sweeping the United States as well as the world. The common form in the United States consists of an 81-block square, subdivided into nine major blocks containing nine blocks apiece. It could very well kick traditional crossword puzzles out of the puzzle scene. Sudoku number placing games are perfect in working out the mental capacity for anyone interested. Imagine a game that allows you to enjoy and learn something new simultaneously. Sudoku puzzles are no doubt fun in many levels. To prove this, celebrities ranging from the cerebral Carol Vorderman to Big Brother's Jade Goody have testified to its benefits as a mental workout.

If you haven't involve yourself in the world of sudoku, believe me you're losing out a lot of fun, not only in terms of entertainment fulfillment and conquering personal challenges, but the uniqueness of sudoku has been known to be an ideal game to be enjoyed by your family and friends as well.



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