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  • Off-Kilter Perspectives

    I am still leading a nomadic existence without having a stable base to work from. For a couple of years now, I have been planning to buy a personal residence for myself (whether that be a house, a condominium or something else) and so I have been reluctant to sign a long-term lease. And landlords […]

  • The More Things Change

    Here are the opening paragraphs of “The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny” by William Strauss and Neil Howe: Chapter 1 Winter Comes Again AMERICA FEELS LIKE IT’S UNRAVELING Though we live in an era of relative peace and comfort, we have settled into a mood […]

  • Sex

    I am right now living in an uncertain situation where I do not have an established base. Therefore, all of my books and magazines are in storage for the time being. As a result, I cannot access the material to write about the game of go in the way that I would like to. So […]

  • Pure Evil

    A map showing the location of explosions in Baghdad in 2016 The terrorist bombing in Manchester last week shocked the world. People out for a good time were faced with unspeakable horror that resulted in 22 deaths and dozens of serious injuries. Many of the victims were children, one as young as eight years old. […]

  • Eating Right

    Starting in 2001, I have been doing translation work for a Japanese company that gives training is food safety. This is important because it was just at that time that the HACCP Regulations went into effect. What are they? Rules covering the hygienic handling of food served in restaurants. HACCP stands for Hazard Analysis of […]

  • Seoul Today

    Seoul at night is as beautiful as any major metropolitan center. Seoul Man A Memoir of Cars, Culture, Crisis, and Unexpected Hilarity Inside a Korean Corporate Titan Frank Ahrens Lee Jae-in was elected last week as the president of Korea. For most Americans, that is a meaningless matter. But with the Trump Administration bristling with […]

  • How to Play Here?

    From Kido, September 1980 Professional go players take great pains to find the best moves in any board position. Here, the spotlight is shown on the turning point in the opening, when strategy is set. The question was posed as to what the best next move could be. In the Meijin league this year, the […]

  • Takemiya Masaki’s Exuberant Go!

    Last week I examined the question of whether the Chinese go champion, Ke Jie, could be characterized as the strongest go player in the world, as some have declared. I have seen many great players over the years. When I first learned to play the game, Go Seigen was already legendary. Sakata Eio and Cho […]

  • Another AI Clash in the Go Arena

    Reports have it that there will be another match played pitting a top go professional against AlphaGo, the phenomenal computer program that has bested a diverse field of strong professional go players over the past few years. Ke Jie, the most prominent Chinese go professional on the tournament scene today, is said to be next […]

  • The Art of Fighting

    The go club that I attend every week, the South Bay Ki-in, which meets in a room at the New Gardena Hotel, 1641 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Gardena, CA 90247; (310) 327-5757, has changed the conditions for the tournament that is being held over the next three months. Instead of playing with the usual handicaps, […]



Imagination of a Go Master, Logic Shattering Cosmic Go

Takemiya has selected ten of his games against leading go players and formatted them into a collection of problems designed to illustrate his famous cosmic style.

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Go For Everyone

A New Method for Learning to Play the Game of Go

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Journey to the West

This is a semi-autobiographical novel that depicts a unique American success story; a rags to riches tale of a man escaping his humble origins to make millions of dollars, but then he throws it all away due to the ancient character flaw of hubris.

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