Yoshimori and Kanekura's excavation

Yoshimori and Kanekura, at the excavation

Yoshimori and Kanekura's excavation was an archaeological event in the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga and Toei anime, which took place in 1996.[1]

Professors Yoshimori and Kanekura discovered a pharaoh's tomb in the Valley of the Kings from the New Kingdom Era and extracted its treasures. The treasures were put on display in the Egypt Unearthed exhibition at the Domino City Museum two months later.[1] However Shadi considered the excavation to be trespassing on the realm of the gods and traveled to Japan to put Yoshimori and Kanekura on trial.[2]


Yoshimori, who worked in the archaeology department at Domino University led the excavation and Kanekura, who was the the curator of the Domino City Museum sponsored it.[1] Unbeknownst to them, they were watched by Shadi during the excavation.[3]

News of the excavation was printed in the Japan Daily News newspaper, which called the findings the last great discovery of the century. Two months later the treasures were put on display in the Egypt Unearthed exhibition at Domino City Museum.[1]

Shadi traveled to Japan when the exhibition was taking place. He conducted the Weighing of the Heart trial on Kanekura to measure his sins. Consequentially Kanekura died from a Penalty Game.[2] Shadi also intended to put Yoshimori on trial, but after discovering he was expecting a visit Yugi, Shadi instead used him as part of the Shadow Game, the Trial of the Mind.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 13: "The Man from Egypt (Part 1)"
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 14: "The Man from Egypt (Part 2)"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel 15: "The Other Criminal"