Category Archives: Go Sightings

Go Sighting #32: Yongzi

Original yongzi set Ancient book describing the making of yongzi Handcrafting yongzi in the furnace Yongzi in the furnace Viewing the rich green translucent finished black yongzi stone Chen Zude 陈祖德 admiring a black yongzi stone Chen Zude 陈祖德 describing … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #31: Meiji Maki-e Go Set with Agate Go Stones

Recently saw a Japanese auction with this wonderful Meiji Era (明治時代) maki-e go set with agate go stones. So gorgeous it would be superfluous for me to further describe with words. Just enjoy these beautiful pictures which I was able to find … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #30: Honinbo Shuwa Go Bowls and Go Stones

A very interesting set of go bowls and go stones which seems to have belonged to Honinbo Shuwa 本因坊 秀和. The date on the wooden box reads 安政丁巳年三月 which corresponds to around March/April of 1857. You can see the name … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #29: Prospectus for the Establishment of the Nihon Kiin

A set of historical documents from the Taisho era dated Dec 1924 大正十三年十二月 (from the postmark), this letter is a prospectus for the establishment of the Nihon Kiin and a call for new members. The envelope seems to be signed … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #28: Maruyama Okyo’s Two Gentlemen and the Four Scholarly Arts

Maruyama Okyo 円山応挙 (1733-1795) was a famous artist from the Edo period who mixed Western naturalism with Eastern decorative designs. He founded the Maruyama school of painting and his work has had a profound influence on later Japanese artworks. His … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #27: Relaxing Game of Go Under the Pine Tree Painting

A beautiful scroll painting of two gentlemen playing go under a pine tree. This painting reminds me that go should be a relaxing game you enjoy with friends from time to time as just a simple pleasure. The words in … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #26: National TQ-1500 Electronic Goban

The TQ-1500 Electronic Goban (Electronic Go Board) was released by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (now Panasonic) under the National brand in 1981 and sold by the Nihon Kiin in the early 1980’s. The original price for the TQ-1500 was … Continue reading

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