This above image is copied straight from a website. Can you guess what kind of website it is? Maybe a girls’ fashion web magazine or a website sharing information about popular cafes among young girls? Well, the answer is “no”. Actually, this is the online version of a free magazine called “GOTEKI” for girls who love playing Go (or “igo”).
The cover page of “GOTEKI” vol.4.
Looks deceptively like a girls’ fashion magazine!
By the way, are you familiar with Go? According to Wikipedia, Go (igo) is is a game “played by two players who alternately place black and white stones on the vacant intersections (called “points”) of a grid of 19×19 lines (beginners often play on smaller 9×9 and 13×13 boards). The object of the game is to use one’s stones to surround a larger portion of the board than the opponent.”
In Japan, Go is a game typically associated with older men, like those in the image below…(^^; So, it is quite surprising that so many girls are playing Go these days, and that such a cute free magazine really exists!!
Now let’s sample the contents of GOTEKI.
The page is for the igo one-point lesson.
A cute girl is getting hints and tips from the Go-master.
The page for a Go girl’s lifestyle. It certainly looks stylish.
GOTEKI also plans various events for young female Go enthusiasts, such as blind date parties (Go loving boys are invited), an international workshop held in English, and a fashionable year-end Go soiree. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? 😛 Before investigating GOTEKI, I knew next to nothing about Go, but now I am very interested in it. Maybe I should learn how to play Go during this winter vacation.
This is JAPAN Style!