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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 #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 #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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Castle Games Records

Title: Castle Games Records 御城碁譜 (Oshiro Gofu) The Castle Games 御城碁 (Oshirogo) were played in the Shogun’s castle during the Edo period from 1626 – 1863. It was an official match played by representatives of the four go houses (Hon’inbo, … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #9: Go Themed White Jade Piece

Go Themed White Jade Piece Size is roughly 5.3 cm X 3.8 cm X 0.7 cm. This white jade piece shows two gentlemen sitting beneath a pine tree playing the game of go. Bought this one some time ago. I … Continue reading

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Go Sighting #4: Honinbo Retsugen Calligraphy Scroll

I once came upon these pictures of a scroll with calligraphy by Honinbo Retsugen (本因坊烈元, 1750-1808). He was a Japanese professional go player, and the tenth head of the Honinbo house.

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Go Sighting #2: Takagawa Shukaku Calligraphy Scroll

This beautiful scroll of calligraphy is from my personal collection and is written, signed, and sealed by Takagawa Shukaku, a great modern go player who successfully defended the Honinbo title eight years straight from 1952 to 1960. The five main … Continue reading

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