Normally referred to as simply Go or Go board game.

Let’s play ‘Go’! - Part of the Japanese culture!

Picture of Go board game - a part of Japanese cultureIntroduction
The game of ‘Go’ has its origin in China 4,000 years ago. It is more than 1,300 years since ‘Go’ was introduced to Japan. During these centuries, the ancient Chinese form of ‘Go’ has been modified and improved by the Japanese ‘Go’ as it is played today is an indoor game which has no further room for improvement. It has taken roots deep in the life of the people of Japan. The total number of people who play ‘Go’ is estimated to be about seven million.

There are many ‘Go’ players outside Japan – a fact which should be a source of joy for us. Now, what kind of game is ‘Go?’

A Game for Winning Territory
‘Go’ is a game which two players contest for territory. One of the two players uses black stones and the other white stones to mark out their respective territories. The player who has captured more territory at the end of the game is the winner. Since the players are to fight against each other over territory within a limited space, the game involves many varied forms of contest. This is what makes ‘Go’ interesting. (referred from Nihon-Kiin)

See more, visit http://www.nihonkiin.or.jp/index-e.htm

See pictures from the 6th NEC Cup Go Tournament.

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