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2000 Grand Prix Kyoto

Sunday's Pictures

[view]Top eight players at Grand Prix Kyoto.
[view]Tobey Tamber smiles as his little green friends attack.
[view]The battle of the Tsuyoshis - Tsuyoshi Fujita plays Tsuyoshi Doyama in the quarterfinals.
[view]The beginning of the end - Katsuhiro Mori starts the turn that will win him the game.
[view]Crowds gathered to watch the semi-final match between Katsuhiro Mori and Tsuyoshi Fujita.
[view]Tsuyoshi Fujita in the quarterfinals.
[view]Katsuhiro Mori plays Tobey Tamber in the quarterfinals.
[view]All the excitement of a Grand Prix can get very exhausting.
[view]Crowds, along with local television cameras, gather to watch the semi-final match between Ryan Fuller and Yuki Murakami.
[view]Yuki Murakami studies his hand in the semi-finals.
[view]Jamie Lynns T-shirt reveals her patriotic fervor as Ryan Fuller plays the semi-finals.
[view]Tomohiro Maruyama in his round 11 feature match. He was top 4 at GP Sapporo.
[view]Tsuyoshi Fujita has won many miscellaneous tournaments around Japan and is a regular on the Pro Tour. He was the highest finishing Japanese player at World Championships 1999, coming in top 32.
[view]Tomohiro Maruyama versus Tsuyoshi Fujita in a feature match.
[view]Masashiro Kuroda awaits the start of his feature match against Toshiki.
[view]Toshiki Tsukamoto is a great player, but sometimes plays a little slowly.
[view]Toshiki Tsukamoto, winner of GP Manila, former Japan National Champion and well known Pro Tour player.
[view]Satoshi Nakamura caught in a rare moment without a zany chapeau.
[view]Canadian National Champion Ryan Fuller with Sideboard reporter Jamie Lynn.
[view]Kotaro Ando comes from a family of strong Magic players.
[view]Feature match between Ryan Fuller and Kotaro Ando.
[view]Newcomer Naoki Sanno hopes to improve his 1600 ranking level at Grand Prix Kyoto.
[view]Japanese National Champion Tsuyoshi Doyama carefully shuffles his deck.
[view]Naoki Sanno faces off against Tsuyoshi Doyama in a round 12 feature match.
[view]Jun Nobushita ponders his options in the final moments of game two.
[view]Katsuhiro Mori studies his cards at the Feature Match table.
[view]Yuki Murakami, despite how it may look, is not a natural blonde
[view]Yuki Murakami and Katsuhiro Mori look to the judge for guidance during this round 13 Feature Match.
[view]Kazuya Hirabayashi pile shuffles after a double mulligan in game one.
[view]Canadian prima-donna Ryan Fuller brings over head judges and interpreters to discuss a ruling.

Saturday's Pictures

[view]Fumihiko Sano, top four at GP Kyushu. also known as a good deck builder around Japan. In this round 10 feature match he tried his fairly unique mono-blue deck against Eisaku Itadanis Survival deck. Unfortunately, Survival is tough to beat once Squee comes out to play.
[view]Fumihiko Sano left versus Eisaku Itadani in a feature match.
[view]Eisaku Itadani played Tradewind-Survival to win his round 10 feature match.
[view]Kazuya Hirobaya in a round 10 feature match.
[view]Murakami Yuki in a round 10 feature match.
[view]Murakami Yuki versus Kazuya Hirobayashi.
[view]Hayashi Shinsuke right tries to beat Canadian National Champion, Ryan Fuller. Shinsuke was victorious against Alex Shvartsman yesterday, but lost to Fuller today.
[view]Masayuki Higashino, 1999 Japan National Champion.
[view]Goro Matsuo, former Japan National Team member.
[view]Katsuhiro Mori versus Goro Matsuo in a feature match.
[view]Kazuyuki Momose, Grand Prix Sapporo and Grand Prix Sendai top 8 finisher. He also finished in the top 8 of APAC Championships 1999.
[view]Top players Kazayuki Momose versus Masayuki Higashino 1999 National Champion
[view]Katsuhiro Mori gets ready for his feature match.
[view]APAC Champion Masaya Mori is interviewed for Japanese television.
[view]Tom Wylie of Wizards of the Coast Research and Development runs a quiz show for attendees of GP Kyoto. Tom Wylie was the lead designer of MLB Showdown trading card game and a former Pro Tour head judge. Ron Foster translates into Japanese.
[view]Kiyotomo Kageyama is a good player, but has yet to acheive any high level results.
[view]Masaya Mori mentally preparing for his match.
[view]Kiyotomo Kageyama in a round 8 feature match against Masaya Mori.
[view]World reknown Japanese player, Satoshi Nakamura.
[view]Youichirou Yamakawa, is a teammate of hat man Satoshi Nakamura. He plays Satoshi in this round 8 feature match.
[view]The essential Satoshi
[view]An exterior view of the Grand Prix site.
[view]A gateway to a Japanese shrine right outside the Grand Prix site.
[view]A Japanese temple down the street from the Grand Prix site.
[view]The entrance into the Grand Prix site.
[view]Katsuhiro Mori is one of Japan up-and-coming young players. He was invited to the Magic Invitational in Sydney, but could not attend because of school committments.
[view]Tsyuyoshi Douyama is the 2000 Japan National Champion.
[view]Katsuhiro Mori versus Tsyuyoshi Douyama in a feature match.
[view]Fumihiko Sano versus Masashiro Kuroda.
[view]Ms. Jaime Lynn takes notes as Ryan Fuller is almost defeated in his round 6 feature match.
[view]Kenishiro Ito in a round 6 feature match.
[view]Jaime Lynn covers a match between Japans Kenishiro Ito and Canadas Ryan Fuller.
[view]Kazuhiro Nakamura, a young Japanese player with lots of potential.
[view]Goro Matsuo, former Japanese National Team member.
[view]Goro Matsuo versus Kazuhiro Nakamura in a feature match.
[view]Takayuki Nagaoka.
[view]Okamoto Jin has the nickname of Djinn.
[view]Tadayoshi Komiya is well respected for building great blue decks. Today he is playing Counter-Oath.
[view]Okamoto Djinn Jin versus the blue master Tadayoshi Komiya.
[view]The charming Matthew Vienneau handily covers a feature match. Matt has been in good spirits since winning Grand Prix Dallas.
[view]Several members of the press were on hand, taking photos and videos of the competition.
[view]This young man is Hayasi Shinsuke - he is the apprentice of Jun Nobushita, a top Japanese player. The youngster was very excited to defeat Alex Shvartsman, the god of GPs.
[view]Osama Fujita, 1999 APAC Championship finalist.
[view]Itaru Ishida, top 16 at Pro Tour New York 1998.
[view]Itaru Ishida explains to Osama Fujita how he will use his superior skills to beat him in this feature match.
[view]Hiroki Okamoto competed at the APAC Championships in 2000.
[view]Tsuyoshi Fujita a Pro Tour regular. He has one of the highest Pro Point totals in Japan.
[view]Hiroki Okamoto versus Tsuyoshi Fujita in a round four feature match.
[view]Satoshi Nakamura and his cool Hersheys Kiss hat.
[view]Tobey Tamber, resident and highest rated player of Taiwan.
[view]Katsuhiro Mori, top 8 player from Japan Nationals and Japan Regions. Katsuhiro Mori was invited to the Magic Invitational in Sydney, but could not attend because of school.
[view]The amazing Alex Shvartsman.
[view]Tadayoshi Komiya with Morphling.
[view]Tsuyoshi Ikeda, famous player from Kyushu. Ikeda is on the 2000 Japan National Team.
[view]Goro Matsuo, former national team member and well respected constructed-format player.
[view]Takamasa Fukada, Buddhist priest and finalist of GP Sapporo.
[view]Jun Nobushita, Pro Tour regular and highly skilled player.
[view]Hiroshi Harada, top 8 at Japan Nationals 2000.
[view]There was a long line to see the two artists, Brom and rk post.
[view]Hiroto Watanabe finalist at APAC Championship 2000.
[view]Toshiki Tsukomoto, winner of GP Manila 1998, two-time Japan National Champion, four-time National Team member and Magic Invitational 1998 player.
[view]Takehumi Ichinohe, the newest Japanese level 3 judge.
[view]The side tournament registration desk with a cool Hammer of Bogardan backdrop.
[view]Players poured into the tournament area as soon as the outer doors were opened.
[view]As soon as the artists opened for business, a huge line of several hundred people formed.
[view]Dealers had all manner of cards and card sleeves for sale.
[view]Check out these cool Grand Prix staff shirts.
[view]The main stage for Grand Prix Kyoto.
[view]The Grand Prix banner.
[view]The team hard at work. From left: Ron Foster, Jeff Donais, Chris Zantides supervising, Matt Vienneau and Keita Mori.
[view]Kenichi Fujita and Masayuki Higashino greet each other before the tournament.
[view]Top Japanese Magic players from left: Itaru Ishida, Kenichi Fujita and 1999 Japan National Champion, Masayuki Higashino.
[view]The world famous Masaya Mori. Mori played a unique version of the Survival deck, known as NWO in Japan. Many Japanese players call a Survival deck, NWO a reference to WCW Wrestling.
[view]Round one feature match: Hiroki Yamazaki left vs. John Taro Kageyama.
[view]John Taro Kageyama is the leader of Team John and a well respected player from Yokohama site of the 1999 World Championships.
[view]This was Hiroki Yamazakis first tournament. He was in a first round feature match with John Taro Kageyama.
[view]Osamu Fujita, 1999 APAC Championship finalist and Tsuyushi Douyama, 2000 Japan National Champion relax during their byes.
[view]Masahiko Morita and Masashiro Kuroda, famous players from Osaka.
[view]Koby Okada, member of Team John, is ready to start his round 2 feature match.
[view]Itaru Tanikawa played in a round 2 feature match.
[view]Itaru Tanikawa versus Koby Okada in a round 2 feature match.
[view]Mike Long got a deck from Ryan Fuller, then dropped out before round 4 to spend time with his girlfriend and sell some cards.
[view]Takashi Robin Aida is the head judge for Grand Prix Kyoto. Here he sets up the first round of pairings on DCI Reporter.
[view]An amazing 725 players attended Grand Prix Kyoto.
[view]Keita Mori will be providing Japanese coverage for events, including GP Kyoto.
[view]Chikara Hayashi, one of the best deckbuilders in Japan. He has made many decks for Tokyo players including the two-time APAC Championship winning decks of Masaya Mori.
[view]A Japanese TV crew was at the event filming and doing interviews.
[view]Staff from Hobby Japan coordinate the event.
[view]Players are excited to participate in the worlds largest Extended tournament.
[view]Two time APAC Champion, the amazing Masaya Mori.
[view]Masaya Mori practices with his team before the Grand Prix.
[view]Tadayoshi Komiya is known as the Blue Master in Japan. When the metagame has strong blue decks, Komiya is strong. He was incredible during the popular during the Counter-Post and Academy periods.
[view]Tsyuyoshi Douyama, the 2000 Japanese National Champion. He is from Osaka.
[view]Itaru Ishida left and his apprentice, nicknamed Desk Tomohiro Maruyama. Maruyama was top four at GP Sapporo.
[view]John Kageyama, leader of Team John, one of the best teams in Japan.
[view]Winner of the Friday Grand Prix Trial, Isamu Fujieda. Fujieda played mono-red to win the GP Trial, which was the largest in history at 212 players.
[view]Kenichi Fujita, one of Japans top players. He is a two-time former Grand Prix champion. Both of his wins were at limited Grand Prix. Fujita is well-respected for his skills in Limited formats.
[view]Yuta Shimobayashi, an interesting Japanese player.


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