Category Archives: Go Sightings

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A set of historical documents from the Taisho era dated Dec 1924 大正十三年十二月 (from the postmark), this letter is a prospectus for the establishment of the Nihon Kiin and a call for new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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Go Sighting #25: Honinbo Satsugen Go Set

John Fairbairn once said: Being historical does not automatically make a GO BOARD famous or important… [and] the famous old ones are nearly all in museums and hardly likely to come up for sale. I can’t really be sure how … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #24: My No. 40 Snow Grade Stones and Hon Kuwa Bowls

I finally have a dream set of No. 40 Snow Grade clamstone go set with Hon Kuwa (mulberry) bowls. I was browsing at Kurokigoishi’s website in March and saw the special event which offered a pair of Hon Kuwa (mulberry) … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #23: Honinbo Josaku Calligraphy Scroll

Honinbo Josaku (本因坊 丈策) was the 13th head of the Honinbo school from 1839-1847. Not as strong as his predecessor Jowa nor his successor Shuwa, there is not a lot written about this Honinbo. Nevertheless, he is a historical Honinbo … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #22: Qing Dynasty Rosewood Weiqi and Chinese Chess Game Table

Found some pictures of a Qing Dynasty weiqi game table which can also be used for Chinese chess. Made from rosewood, this table measures 54.5cm long and 54.5cm wide with a height of 16cm. With elegantly carved legs and delicate … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #21: Flowers and Butterflies Maki-e Go Bowls

I have always wanted my own set of maki-e go bowls and I finally have this beautiful set of flowers and butterflies maki-e go bowls 花蝶図蒔絵碁笥 in my personal collection. The butterflies dance so lightly around the flowers that they … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #20: Island Mulberry Go Bowls with Fujisawa Calligraphy

Grown and harvested under harsh conditions from the volcanic Mikura Island in Japan, island mulberry is considered the finest wood for making go bowls. With it’s beautiful hue and glistening reflection, island mulberry go bowls are highly prized by go … Continue reading

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