Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy…
The ancient game of Go is the most complex and elegant game ever discovered. Though the rules are simple enough to teach a child, the complexity that emerges has inspired millennia of study. For three thousand years, master players in East Asia have handed down the game as an art form to foster patience, creativity, and self-reflection. Today in the elite world of the pros, international tournaments offer hundred-thousand dollar prize purses, and top matches are broadcast on 24-hour “Go TV” to millions of fans in China, Korea, and Japan. But in the West, most people have never even heard of the game…until now.
So, because we know you’re not really into the whole work thing today, may we offer the following distraction?
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… ↩