As I tweeted earlier, last Tuesday I went to see Nihon Ki-in’s annual awards ceremony. The Japanese year starts on April 1, and so the ceremony is fittingly held towards the very end of the year. The ceremony consisted of speeches by important people, giving the Ōkura Kishichiro prize to a few more aged people, giving prizes for professionals due to highest winning ratio/longest winning streak/most games played/etc., and of course announcing the new professional one dan players (who amounted to six people). Here are the new professionals in a photo:
If I understood right, two professionals are chosen every year by pro exams by the Nihon Ki-in. The Kansai branch chooses one new professional, as does the Nagoya branch, and the women’s professional exam determines one more new professional. For now, however, I cannot point out where the sixth professional comes from!
Edit March 30, 18:08: The Nihon Ki-in holds two professional exams a year, one in the summer and one in the autumn. From the summer exam, one person passes the exam, and from the autumn exam, two people pass.
In the end of the ceremony, there was of course a gathering for a group photo. Sorry for the poor picture quality — I still didn’t get a decent camera for myself.
Ichigaya’s spring looks currently something like this, at least once the photo has been edited a bit to better show colours (perhaps a bit too much):
Last Monday, I was dumbfounded when Mimura-sensei contacted me about wanting to give me a present; namely the collected games of Fujisawa Shūkō! Mimura-sensei used to be Fujisawa’s student, and it is for that connection that Kobayashi Chizu-sensei initially introduced us to each other — I’d told Chizu-sensei that I was a big fan of Fujisawa’s. Since then, I’ve come to enjoy the Ichikawa go dojo even more than the week(end)ly insei games, which is a lot said. The game collection consists of 12 books, which is to say that I’ve got a huge amount of studying awaiting me! Mimura-sensei even included in the present a piece of Fujisawa’s calligraphy, which will get framed amongst the first things I do when I get back to Finland. This whole event still seems like a dream come true, except that I hadn’t even dreamed about something this good happening! Here’s a photo set:
Talk about an incredibly nice present! This’ll stay as my most important treasure for the years to come. ありがとうございます、先生！
That’ll be all for tonight — I’ve got some studying to do!