Second week and revisiting Mount Takao

A lot has happened in the past week. Firstly, last weekend I got another 4-2 score, putting me in total at 8-4 in C class. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of the results sheet, so I right now it is impossible to speculate on my odds of getting promoted to B class next month. Then, among other things, on Tuesday we had the English class as usual, and yesterday, on Wednesday, me, Leon, Mitani and Kuma paid a visit to Mt. Takao.

The trip to Mt. Takao was orchestrated due to its being a relatively must-see point of interest (at least if one is visiting Tokyo for a longer period of time), and due to Leon’s plan to return to Germany in late June. The mountain is easily reachable from Tokyo and offers a fairly spectacular view from its top (at about 600 meters’ height from the sea level). Unfortunately the air wasn’t at its cleanest on our chosen day, and we were unable to see all the way to Mt. Fuji. Some 2.5 million people visit the mountain yearly, which makes it one of the most popular mountains for tourists in the world.

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Our intrepid explorers at the root of the mountain. From left: Leon Stauder, Mitani Tetsuya and Yū Hō.
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Our intrepid explorers ascending the mountain
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Mt. Takao is said to be inhabited by tengu, a kind of bird-man-folk from Japanese folklore. The statue in the photo depicts a tengu, though often you’ll see a slightly different depiction with a red face and a long nose (instead of a beak).

After the trip to Mt. Takao, Mitani invited us to his place, where we spent the rest of the evening, among others by eating nabe (a Japanese hot pot dish) and playing go. I played on black without komi and lost by three points after a fairly good game.

As for my insei games, I wouldn’t say I’m quite back to my original good playing shape yet, or at least many of my game plans are shaky at best. Included below are two of my more interesting games from last weekend, along with remarks by English class professionals.

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Tomorrow will be an interesting day, as in the evening we’ll get to attend the Kisei prize-giving ceremony together with Leon and Tom (of the Nihon Ki-in staff). I got to attend a similar ceremony two years ago, when Chō U won the title.

3 thoughts on “Second week and revisiting Mount Takao”

  1. Mount Takao looked fun! It was cool to see the tengu statue.

    Thanks for sharing your insei games. It’s really fascinating to see a completely different level of play in terms of new ideas that really make them really interesting. Is it just coincidental that both games were alternating 3-4? Or is that one of your favorite opening you like to use as Black?

    1. Thanks!

      I do play double 3-4 most of the time nowadays, and when not, then one of my first two moves will usually have been an approach to the opponent’s 3-4 or 5-3 corner.

  2. The Japanese countryside is so beautiful, that it makes me a little sad that they have such crowded cities. Do you feel that your game has changed during the interval when you left the insei class to return to Finland?

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