|The entrance of the Shusaku museum.|
|The mayor of Innoshima (right) with a translator.|
|Playing tables right next to Shusaku artefacts.|
|Everybody wants to be in the house.|
|This is a very convenient "Go table".|
|Top boards playing in a reconstruction of Shusakus birthplace.|
In the end we achieved a very good result again by winning 70% of our games. Somehow the ranks got mixed up with Japanese and American ranks so not all games had proper handicap. I just managed to play against two of my three predetermined opponents. Both of them were Japanese 2-Dan, like myself. We did "nigiri" and they seemed happy that I knew the word myself. I won it both times and was therefore able to play Sanrensei all the time. The first opponent seemed not very experience with that opening and I played a bit more calmly than usual to keep it friendly. The other one played quite well but I managed to win by 4.5 points.
As it is apparently a common habit in Japan everyone got some small presents after the closing ceremony. I wonder if we appear impolite by don't giving anything in return.
After the closing ceremony we went to visit Honinbo Shusaku himself. Unfortunately nowadays one has to go to the graveyard for that. It was my first at a Japanese or in general Asian graveyard. The location at the hill is very beautiful.
|A beautiful Japanese graveyard.|
They say if you touch the the tomb stone of Shusaku you become two stones stronger. I was a bit hesitant to to do that since I think it is a waste before someone is at least 4 Dan. However everyone of us followed the tradition to put an incense stick in front of the grave. I'm not sure how that influences the rank...
|The tomb stone of Honinbo Shusaku!|
|A part of the shrine for Shusaku.|
I guess that were enough photos for one day. I have even more from a really large shinto shrine at Miyajima. Tomorrow will be another friendly tournament against local players. Let's see how it goes.
PS: You should not ask a professionals how much handicap he will get in a professional game (Question to a 3p who is going to play an 8p: "So you will get 5 stones?") or tell him that he will rise two Dan levels when he gets two stones stronger (for example by touching Shusakus grave).
Actually professionals are much closer to each other than amateurs. According to one of our teacher even top professionals like Gu Li or Yi Se-tol could not give more than at most two stones to any active professional.
|Maeda-sensei was quite popular with the elderly ladies of Innoshima.|