Weekly updates

Well, I’m still busy as usual — it might be for the better, however! My friend Tom from the Nihon Ki-in thought up an idea to go see the Kisei final being played. I was instantly excited by the idea, and so in a few hours today, we’ll ride the train to Kofu, quite near to mount Fuji. Expect some photos from there in the near future! Other than that, I’ve been the target of NHK recently;  you can see here what last Sunday was like for me. That wasn’t even everything, as the NHK reporters also came to Mimura-sensei’s dojo on Monday to do some more coverage. The result, supposed to last for about 10 minutes after heavy editing, will be shown on April 15 in the Japanese television.

Last weekend I got three valuable wins against the insei ranked 1-3, but then in exchange lost all my games on Sunday. I don’t remember much about my games from Sunday either — could be that my mind was somewhere else that day. Luckily there’s still a fair chance to get promoted to B class, depending solely on what happens during the next two weeks. Last Saturday, the results list looked like this:

It’s less than two months until I go back to Finland, so it’s about time for me to start thinking what I have to bring back with me. I recently heard that Ōhashi-sensei is publishing a tsumego book next week, so I thought I should buy one, or maybe two copies of that, and get signatures as well. When I asked Ōhashi-sensei about the book, he told me that he’d written one book earlier as well, titled なるほど!ひかる手筋 (“I see! Brilliant tesuji”). Now it seems like I should buy two copies of both books, and ask for signatures for them all. Then I started looking more into which of my pro acquaintances had written books, and I found out that Mimura-sensei has written several of them. I wonder if I’ll be able to fit everything in my suitcase…

Here’s also a few more pictures from the Nihon Ki-in building. I remember writing earlier already that we switched the English classroom from fourth floor to the seventh floor, right next to the A and B class insei room. I didn’t present a photo of the room yet, however, so here you go!

The room has some really comfortable chairs, but for example two weeks ago we had so many students (sixteen, if I recall right) that we had to switch to less space-consuming ones.

Lately, they’ve been doing some renovations in the staircases of the Ki-in. Namely, it seems like the walls have been repainted, from a colder gray shade to a warm slightly yellowish-white. Here’s how the staircases look now!

If you ask me, though, they should do something about the floor as well!

Finally, there was a pretty big earthquake last evening here in Tokyo, definitely the biggest I’ve experienced yet. It seems that the quake was still only worth three richters, however. I chose not to go to the dojo yesterday because of a sore throat, which may have been lucky, as otherwise I would have been in a train at the time of the quake — and where the dojo is, the quake was worth five richters rather than three! Still, it seems like the earthquake wasn’t too big of a deal this time around. I’m definitely not looking forward to the predicted seven-richter earthquake though.

4 thoughts on “Weekly updates”

  1. I just want to comment on 2 different scales that measure the size of earthquakes.

    Richter scale is a “magnitude” scale; it measures the total energy released by the earthquake, and there is only one number associated with each earthquake.

    The numbers you are quoting, I think, are the “shindo” scale that shows up prominently in Japanese media coverage of earthquakes. Shindo is an “intensity” scale; it measures the amount of shaking that occurs locally. For one earthquake, there can be many different shindo numbers. In general, if you are closer to the epicenter, your number will be higher because it would shake more. This is in contrast to the Richter scale, which doesn’t change based on where you are.

    Anyway, be prepared and stay safe :)

    1. Ah, I see, that’d certainly make sense! I figure the shindo word isn’t used commonly in the English language — should I say “third-level intensity” or something similar to that?

      1. I don’t think any intensity scale is well known in the English-speaking world, so I think “shindo 3” or “3 on the shindo scale” works just as well (or just as badly) as “third-level intensity,” “intensity 3,” etc. I’m sure people will look up shindo if they’re interested.

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