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  • Fifty Years of Popular Fuseki

    Bridge USA Summer Festival to be held July 13~14 in Torrance, California, a suburban section of Southern California. Various musical and stage events are scheduled, there will be booths featuring Japanese merchandise and cultural items, prepared Japanese dishes and a charity bazaar. http://www.bridgeusa.com/page/event Sakata Eio, Honorary Honinbo Looks Back Fifty Years of Popular Fuseki By […]

  • Fifty Years of Popular Joseki

    By Sakata Eio, Honorary Honinbo The Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival in Fukuoka is celebrated in early July. It is the main festival of the Kushida Shrine and registered as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. It is said to have originated 800 years ago when an epidemic was raging in Hakata. A monk prayed to end […]

  • Go History Present and Past

    碁暦今昔 [Go Reki Konjaku] Go History Now/Past 暦 This is a very old word that can also be read koyomi = calendar; 今 can also be read ima = now and is part of the word = kyo = 今日 = "today"; 昔 can also be read mukashi = the past The Incident at Honnoji […]

  • A Different Perspective on the Opening

    漠々水田白鷺飛    横尾深林人 Baku-bakutaru Suiden Shirasagi Tobu A Vast Rice Paddy, White Herons Fly Artist: Yokoo Shinrinjin Cover of Kido, October 1972 I suppose that there are few go players in the West who are familiar with the name of Maeda Nobuaki. This is a shame, because he was an important figure in the history of […]

  • Examining Go Styles

    寒月 “Wintery Moon” Cover of Kido, December 1981 This beautiful scene seems to be of the Five Story Pagoda at Kiyomizu-Dera in Kyoto. However, the notes given by the artist, Mikami Masatoshi, indicate that the city is Nara. The professional go player profiled in the following article is Fujisawa Hosai, who is not well known […]

  • Kitani vs. Fujisawa – 1st Pro Best Ten

    1st Pro Best Ten White: Kitani Minoru 9 dan Black: Fujisawa Hosai 9 dan Date: May 25, 1964 Place: Nihon Ki-in [Japanese Go Association], Takanawa, Tokyo Komi: 5½ points   Please enable JavaScript to view this game.

  • Mane-Go

    驟雨山をひいて過ぐ 微風面をはらいて生ず 新人林 The Japanese just below the artist’s painting is ancient and difficult to read. Not just for me, but for average Japanese as well. It has been “translated” by the artist into modern Japanese. “A sudden mountain shower passes through, giving rise to a front of gentle wind”―Shinjinrin It has been a unique […]

  • Further Misadventures in the Quest for Recovery of Playing Strength

    Kuniyoshi ukiyoe print courtesy of Doug Cable Several years ago, I asked Michael Redmond 9 dan if he could suggest a Japanese go book that would be a good candidate for translation into English and publishing. Indeed he did. “Go Seigen has published a wonderful book, ‘A Way of Playing for the 21st Century.’ He […]

  • The Greatest Go Player of All Time

    GoWizardry.com is designed to savor the brilliant exploits of the greatest players in the history of the game of go as recounted in the pages of Kidō magazine. The Nihon Ki-in, that is, the Japanese Go Association, was established in 1924 in Tōkyō and launched the publication of Kidō in October of the same year. […]


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