You’ll forgive our juvenile play on words in the title, n’est-ce pas? 1 But it seems apt.
We’ve mentioned before that Go is not as revered in Japan as earlier ages; it is considered an old man’s game. The Sudoku tweet below sums up the new era succinctly.
— うさぎしん。 (@usagi_shin) July 21, 2014
Japanese school girls, my ass. 2
- For the Go illiterate, Japanese players often mutter ah so desu ka during a game, which means –depending on context– “Is that so…?’, or ‘Really?’ or ‘I see’ or “Man, am I fucked.’ We tend to use that last meaning…a lot. ↩
- They are actually playing a much smaller, teaching version of Go, but the danged colored stones, in the shapes of hearts no less, thoroughly sets our nerves on edge. We feel like going all Tevye and singing “Tradition!” Still, they are learning the game… ↩