Here is what everyone was observing. It's a game of Shogi (general's board game) also known as Japanese chess. It's in the same family of games as Western chess according to this Wikipedia article.
Notice that bottle with the green label and white cap. It's my second favorite beverage on the planet behind coffee. It's green tea that you can buy chilled at convenience stores or from vending machines. There's also a roasted green tea variety that is tasty, too.
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