Category Archives: Go Sightings

#39 Assembly Goban Signed by Yasui Sentetsu

Assembly Goban Signed by the Yasui Sentetsu, the 6th head of the Yasui house said to be made by the Edo era goban master Takanashi Kiyoe 江戸碁盤師 伝高梨清兵衛 六代安井仙哲記囲碁式揮毫 組立碁盤 The dimensions of the goban: Thickness:3.3cm Leg Height:15.6cm Surface of … Continue reading

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#38 Honinbo Shusaku’s Handwritten Kifu

At a recent Japanese auction, a rare historical showed up being a well preserved handwritten kifu from 1855(安政二年). It seems that the document is handwritten by Honinbo Shusaku as a record of two games he played in April 1855. The … Continue reading

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#37 Hermes Go Set

Apparently the famous fashion company Hermes made a roll up go set in the year 2000 (D engraving). The mat is leather and I would guess that the stones are made of wood. There are 180 stones of each color. … Continue reading

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#36: Meiji Period Painting of a Game of Go Beneath a Large Calligraphy Scroll

Whenever I look at this painting, I feel a calmness in how they play the game and yet I get a feeling that it’s probably an important game. It reminds me to stay calm and focused on the game no … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #35: Shin-Katsura Dovetail Joint Go Board

I’ve been searching for a great travel go board for a while and most of the available options are not to my taste. – Folding boards with hinges in the middle seem to stick out slightly at the bottom of … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #34: 11mm Japanese Domestic Clamshell Go Stone Set

Rarely do we get the chance to see a set of go stones made from Japanese domestic clamshells (日向特産蛤碁石) as most clamshells used for making go stones are now sourced from Mexico. When we do happen upon Japanese domestic clamshell … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #33: Tochi Tamamoku Go Bowls with Wiped Lacquer Finish

The above is a pair of tochi tama-moku fuki-urushi go bowls. Tochi 栃 aka Japanese Horse Chestnut (Aesculus turbinata) [related to the buckeye tree] is a light colored precious wood 銘木 which has one of the finest natural luster. It … Continue reading

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