2001 Grand Prix Hiroshima

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By Wizards of the Coast

[view] Ron Foster and Takefumi Ichinohe present GP Hiroshima Champion Masayuki Higashino with the winner's trophy.

[view] The Top 4 pose with their trophies. From left: Champion Masayuki Higashino, Finalist Masaya Mori, Semi-Finalist Nobuaki Shikata, and Semi-Finalist Masahiko Morita.

[view] Head Judge Takefumi Ichinohe interviews GP Hiroshima Champion Masayuki Higashino.

[view] Grand Prix Hiroshima Champion Masayuki Higashino poses proudly with his trophy.

[view] The Champion of GP Hiroshima Masayuki Higashino poses with his trophy.

[view] Masaya Mori congratulates Masayuki Higashino on becoming champion of GP Hiroshima.

[view] Masaya Mori tries for his first GP championship.

[view] Masaya Mori and Masayuki Higashino face off in the Finals of GP Hiroshima. If Mori wins, it will be his first GP championship; if Higashino wins it will be his second.

[view] Masayuki Higashino is looking to win his second Grand Prix.

[view] A bat somehow found its way into the venue after dark. (It's the blurry thing in the upper right.)

[view] Katsuhiro Mori (left) and Toshiki Tsukamoto during the Top 8 draft.

[view] Masaya Mori in the Top 8 draft. Koby Okada sits to his left.

[view] Masayuki Higashino shuffles his deck while Tournament Manager Takashi Aida calls time during the draft. Katsuhiro Mori sits to Higashino's left, with Masahiko Morita on his right.

[view] Another Top 8 draft shot. GP Kyoto 2000 Champion Tsuyoshi Fujita (left) feeds Koby Okada.

[view] It's the Mons and Ron show!

[view] Ron and Mons are puzzled by a trivia question from the Japanese audience: There is a way to take mana burn twice in one phase. What is it? (Yes, there is a way--look for the answer in this week's "Week in Review" column by Alex Shvartsman.)

[view] Toshiki Tsukamoto versus Tadahiko Morita.

[view] Ken'ichi Fujita versus Tadayoshi Komiya.

[view] Ken'ichi and Tadayoshi Komiya.

[view] "Boy, this Japanese coffee sure is strong!"

[view] Alex Shvartsman takes on the "Japanese Zvi," rogue deck designer Kiyoshi Sasanuma.

[view] Kiyoshi Sasanuma versus Alex Shvartsman.

[view] Alex isn't playing Plains today, so he doesn't have to think.

[view] The second Planeshift prerelease of the day drew 64 participants.

[view] Satoshi Nakamura is interviewed by a local TV crew covering the event.

[view] Mark Tedin is hard at work again today.

[view] Toshiki Tsukamoto fights for a place in the Top 8.

[view] Young Japanese superstar Katushiro Mori has been in the Top 8 of the last three Japanese Grand Prixes.

[view] Carl Wong won a GP Hiroshima trial in Singapore, and has ridden his three byes into the Top 64.

[view] Masaya Mori caught by surprise during the second draft.

[view] The top table is made up of seasoned veterans, including Grand Prix Sendai Champion Masayuki Higashino and Grand Prix Kyoto 2000 Champion Tsuyoshi Fujita.

[view] Single card dealers are always a popular attraction at Japanese events.

[view] Nao Yamamoto watches as opponent Reiji Ando plays a Tower Drake.

[view] Reiji Ando draws his next card.

[view] Masaya Morri studies his hand while opponent Toshiki Tsukamoto taps land to play his Dream Thrush.

[view] Clash of titans: two-time Japanese National Champion Toshiki Tsukamoto faces off against two-time APAC Champion Masaya Mori.

[view] Toshiki Tsukamoto awaits opponent Masaya Mori's next move.

[view] More women can be seen at tournaments in Japan than in most countries. Roughly 10% of the prerelease participants today are women.

[view] Another Pokemon graduate.

[view] Another shot of the Planeshift prerelease.

[view] Itaru Ishida (right) cuts Katsuhiro Mori's deck.

[view] Two-time Japanese National Champion Toshiki Tsukamoto faces off against Nobuaki Shikata.

[view] Masayuki Higashino is mightily pleased with his deck.

[view] Will Alex Shvartsman be able to add another Grand Prix Top 8 to his resume?

[view] Head Judge Takafuni Ichinohe observes Itaru Ishida and Katsuhiro Mori's feature match.

[view] A shot from outside the Grand Prix venue.

[view] Higashino is very pleased with his first draft.

[view] An uncharacteristically hatless Satoshi Nakamura plans his response to opponent Tomohiro Maruyama's attack.

[view] Tomohiro Maruyama waits to see opponent Satoshi Nakamura's next play.

[view] Satoshi Nakamura (left) versus Tomohiro Maruyama in the first feature match of the Top 64.

[view] The morning Planeshift prerelease has attracted 329 players. This is the first of two prereleases planned for the day; the next one will begin at 1:00pm.

[view] Tsuyoshi Doyama carefully considers his draft choice.

[view] Satoshi Nakamura seeks an answer in the cards.

[view] If you stare too long at the cards, they stare back at you.

[view] A dapper-looking Tadayoshi Komiya drafts his first pack of the day.

[view] Masaya Mori pulls a bomb.

[view] The crab marks the spot. This animated crab is a trademark of a chain of crab restaurants throughout Japan.

[view] Japan has a multitude of convenience stores that sell just about anything. Lawson is one of the largest chains and a source of necessary nutrition for Sideboard reporters and Magic players.

[view] Masahiko Morita (left) girds up for his match against Asian superman Masaya Mori.

[view] Masaya Mori in top deck mode.

[view] Masahiko Morita initiates beatdown on Masaya Mori.

[view] Why is this man smiling? Because he just drew a dragon.

[view] Alex "Mr. Grand Prix" Shvartsman studies his hand carefully.

[view] Alex Shvartsman (right) faces off against Japanese National Champion Tsuyoshi Doyama.

[view] Katsuhiro Mori watches his opponent launch an attack.

[view] Young up-and-coming Magic player Katsuhiro Mori (left) faces off against Grand Prix Taipei 2000 Champion Tadayoshi Komiya.

[view] Ken'ichi Fujita

[view] Masayuki Higashino considers his sideboard options.

[view] Takao Higaki desperately searches his sideboard for an answer to Higashino's powerful deck.

[view] Higaki enters his scoop phase after a sound defeat by Higashino.

[view] Takuichi Harino carefully considers his next move

[view] Takaaki Takemoto makes his move

[view] The line for illustrator Mark Tedin is consistently over 100 people.

[view] Koichiro Maki waits to see his opponent's next move.

[view] Tatsuo Yoshii (blue shirt) vs. Koichiro Maki.

[view] Takaaki Takemoto does the math in his feature match.

[view] Koichiro Maki (left) assesses the situation on the board.

[view] The Hiroshima judges hard at work performing deck checks during Round 1.

[view] The Mad Hatter makes an appearance.

[view] Artists are always a popular attraction at Japanese Grand Prix. Here, Mark Tedin signs cards for a fan.

[view] Masaya Mori building his deck.

[view] Mark Tedin earns his lunch.

[view] 11-year-old Masaei Miyamori prepares for his first Feature Match.

[view] Michihisa Onoda, a young Japanese pro player, finished in the Top 32 at PT Chicago in December.

[view] Michihisa Onoda at work.

[view] Keitaro Hattori thinks about his next move.

[view] Young superstar Masaei Miyamori ponders his options.

[view] Head Judge Ichinohe observes a feature match.

[view] Two-time APAC Champion Masaya Mori.

[view] A view of GP Hiroshima from the main stage. 447 players are here eager to test their playing skills.

[view] GP Hiroshima Tournament Manager Takashi Aida (left) and Head Judge Takefumi Ichinohe get ready for a big day.

[view] Level 2 judge Masayuki "Lancer" Kunimitsu practices some crowd control.

[view] Pro Tour regular Itaru Ishida.

[view] GP Sapporo 2000 Champion Satoshi "Hat Man" Nakamura.

[view] Tournament Manager Takashi Aida.

[view] Wizards of the Coast Territory Manager for Japan/Korea Ron Foster confers with Lever 2 judges Kazuhiro Wakatsuki (left) and Masayuki Kunimitsu.

[view] Tomohiro Maruyama expounds on his draft strategies to anyone who will listen.

[view] Bosom buddies?

[view] Head Judge Takefumi Ichinohe welcomes the players to GP Hiroshima.

[view] Another view of the GP Hiroshima venue.

[view] Sideboard reporters James White of New Zealand and Japan's Keita Mori hard at work, bringing you live coverage of GP Hiroshima.

[view] And they're off! Deck construction begins.

[view] If they're smiling, you know they've pulled a dragon.

[view] The Trial on Friday night drew 79 participants. 607 players have pre-registered for the main event.

[view] The Grand Prix Hiroshima main stage.

[view] The world-reknowned "Hat Man" Satoshi Nakamura displays his flair for the dramatic while applying beatdown to his opponent.

[view] Two-time APAC Champion Masaya Mori gets in some draft practice.

[view] Somewhat jet-lagged, world traveler extraordinaire Alex Shvartsman greets his adoring public.

[view] Japanese Sideboard reporter Keita Mori hard at work.

[view] The Grand Prix Hiroshima trophies.

[view] Taro Kageyama (left) get some advice from Pro Tour veteran Itaru Ishida (glasses) in his match against Reiji Ando.

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