why did you come to Japan?

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Aiming to become a Go master, in Japan for Go training.

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Aiming to become a Go master, in Japan for Go training.
  • Alistair
    Alistair
    gbrGo maniac attending Go training camp in Japan.
    He spends 98% of his time thinking about Go. His wife obviously isn't happy.

Aiming to become a Go master, in Japan for Go training.

  • When he starts talking about Go, no one can stop him!

    When he starts talking about Go, no one can stop him!

    The U.S. based English barista, Alistair has come to Japan to attend a Go summer camp. He has been enjoying Go for 2 years but now he can't get it out of his mind for a second.


    Want to be better at it - the strong will has made him come to Japan.

    Want to be better at it - the strong will has made him come to Japan.

    At Go summer camp you can get a lecture from a legendary teacher and there will be a big competition as well. It isn't easy to find a teacher in the U.S. or England so it will be a great opportunity for Alistair to level up and become better at it.


  • What is Go summer camp?

    What is Go summer camp?

    The "Nihon Ki-in Summer Go Camp 2016" is held at the Japan Ki-in kaikan in Ichigaya and this is the 4th camp that's ever held. This program is especially for non-Japanese people and 20 or so students are from Europe, Southeast Asia, North America and Latin America. YOU everywhere!


    It takes a lot of effort to achieve the level of dan.

    It takes a lot of effort to achieve the level of dan.

    Go has a very detailed levels, from 30th kyu to 8th dan for amateurs and from first dan to 9th dan for professionals. Alistair has a level of 12th so he's keeping his hopes up to learn as many things as possible at the camp.


    A lecture from the first Westerner who received the highest dan.

    A lecture from the first Westerner who received the highest dan.

    On camp day 1 Alistair receives a special invite to attend an advanced class taught by the Go legend Michael Redmond who came to Japan at the age of 15 to learn Go and has been playing it in Japan for 40 years. He's known as a legend with the highest level of 9th dan.


    Can't lose! The competitor is a junior high school student!

    Can't lose! The competitor is a junior high school student!

    On camp day 2 Alistair competes against a junior high school student, Fujiyama-kun, who has been randomly selected by the organizer and loses! Apparently Fujiyama-kun holds a greater level, the 6th kyu.


    All the students are competing! Alistair competes against the players with the 8th kyu.

    All the students are competing! Alistair competes against the players with the 8th kyu.

    On camp day 5 one of the biggest Go competitions, "Takarashuzo Cup" is held with over 8,000 amateur competitors. With the camp's organization Alistair will be competing against the players with 8th kyu which is 5 levels higher than his level.


    Not bad! Winning against the players with higher grade!

    Not bad! Winning against the players with higher grade!

    Whoever wins the most out of 5 games will win the competition. Alistair lost the first game but then played really well against the higher grade players and earned 3 wins out of 5 games! Congrats! We're looking forward to seeing you playing Go again in Japan!


    Nihon Ki-in Kaikan
    7-2, Gobancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo