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Date No. Title
Oct. 5th 2017   275  20th National Igo Contest on 12th Nov. Participants Recruited
Oct 5th 2017   274  Igo Record at 4th Yamanashi Igo Contest
Oct.5th 2017   273  4th Yamanashi Igo Contest, Mr. Nakamaru Got Championship!
Sept. 2nd 2017   272  20th National  Igo Contest to be held on 12th Nov.
 Sept. 2nd 2017  271  Results of 10th Kansai Area Igo Memorial Contest
 Sept. 2nd 2017  270  Results of 1st Kobe City Igo Contest Aug 4th
 Sept. 2nd 2017  269  Results of 5th Hyougo Pref. Igo Contest July 28th
Aug. 2nd 2017   268  Reports on International Igo Exchange Congress in Takarazuka
July 4th 2017   267  International Igo Exchange, Takarazuka Congress July 14th to 17th
July 4th 2017   266  4th Ymanashi Pref. Igo Contest held Sept 2nd
June 1st 2017   265  10th Igo Contest at Japan Lighthouse on Aug. 29th (Tues)
 May 1st 2017   264  Our Society Participating in Japan Igo Congress Takarazuka July 14th to 17th
May 1st 2017   263  Igo Contest to be held by Visually Impaired in Kobe City Aug. 4th
Apr. 1st 2017   262  5th Igo Contest for Visually Impaired on July 28th
Mar. 1st 2017  261  Results of 15th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired
Fev. 1st 2017   260  Igo Exchange Meeting between Takatsuki Group and Abusan School
Fev. 1st 2017   259  Special Article on Igo for Visually Impaired in "Igo Ryouzanpaku"
Jan. 5th 2017   258  A happy New Year ! from SGO office Fumio Miyano
 Jan. 5th 2017   257  Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute, Feb. 17th
Jan. 5th 2017    256  Revial of Igo Exchange Meeing in Takatsuki City on Jan. 31st
Dec. 1st 2016   255  Results of 19th National Igo Contest in Osaka
Nov. 1st 2016   254  124 Players Participating from Various Areas
Oct 1st 2016   253  19th National Igo Contest on 13th Nov. Participants recruited
Oct 1st 2016   252  Results of 3rd Yamanashi Igo Contest on 3rd Sept.
Sept. 1st 2016   251  Results of 4th Hyogo Pref. and Kobe City Joint Igo Contest
Aug. 1st 2016   250  19th National Igo Contest to be held on 13th Nov.
 Aug. 1st 2016   249  3rd Yamanashi Pref. Igo Contest tobe held on 3rd Sept
 Aug. 1st 2016   248  Igo Recrd between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr. Saitoh
Aug. 1st 2016    247  Results of Ninth Kansai Area Igo Contest
July 3rd 2016   246  3rd Yamanashi Igo Contest for Visually Impaired on 3rd Sept
July 3rd 2016   245  Igo Recrds by Mr. Nakamaru with Mr. Saitoh and Mr. Yamazaki
June 4th 2016   244  4th Igo Contest of Hyogo Visually Impaired on Aug. 5th
May 1st 2016   243  9th Igo Meeting in Kansai Area at Japan Light House on July 26th
Mar. 2nd 2016   242 Results of 14th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute
 Feb.2nd 2016  241  Igo Classroom Opened at Osaka Social Welfare Center
Jan. 6th 2016   240  14th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute
Jan. 6th 2016   239  A Happy New Year !   Igo Texts in Braille and Audio Tape
Dec. 1st 2015   238  Results of 18th National Igo Contest, Masters' Prize
Nov. 1st 2015   237  18th Igo Contest ! on Nov. 15th from Toyama, Ibaragi, Nagoya
 Oct.2nd 2015  236  Participnts recruited for 18th National Igo Contest
 Oct.2nd 2015  235  Game Record between Mr .Nakamaru and Mr. Ohta
Oct.2nd 2015   234  2nd Yamanashi Igo Contest Results held on 5th Sept
Sept. 1st 2015   233  18th National Igo Contest on 15th Nov. Participants Recruited
Sept. 1st 2015   232  Champions at 3rd Hyogo Pref. and Kobe City Igo Contest
Aug. 2nd 2015   231  8th Igo Meeting in Kansai Area at Japan Light House
 July 2nd 2015  230  2nd Kofu Igo Contest on Sept. 5th. in Kofu-City
 July 2nd 2015  229  3rd Kobe Igo Contest on Aug. 7th in Kobe City
 July 2nd 2015  228  Mr.Yukawa (our representaive) Won 1st Game under NHK Cup
June 2nd 2015   227  Yamanashi (Kantou and Koushinetu) Contest to be held in Sept.
June 2nd 2015   226  Igo Boards for the Visually Impaired are Available Soon
 May 2nd 2015  225  8th Igo Contest at Japan Light House on July 28th
 Apr. 2nd 2015  224  Igo Class Opens This Month  at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute
 Mar. 4th 2015  223  Results of 13th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute
Feb. 2nd 2015   222   Igo Exchange Held by Hamuro School and Takatsuki Group
Feb, 2nd 2015  221  Igo Record by Mail between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr. Saitoh
Jan. 3rd 2015  220   13th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute
Jan. 3rd 2015  219  Igo Exchange in Hamuro Primary School in Takatsuki
Jan. 3rd 2015  218   Thirty Players Participated in First Yamanashi Pref. Igo Contest
Dec. 26th 2015  217   Igo Record by Mail between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr. Yamazaki
 Dec. 5th 2014 216  Igo Exchange between Abusan Primary School and Our Society
Dec. 5th 2014  215  First Yamanashi Igo Contest on Dec. 6th in Kofu City
Nov. 13th 2014  214 Ups and Downs in 17th Nationak Igo Conest
 Nov.2nd 2014 213 17th Igo Contest with Participants of 106 Players and 30 Volunteers
Oct 2nd 2014 212 17th National Igo Contest Participants Recruited
Sept 1st 2014 211 Flash News on 17th National Igo Contest on 9th Nov.
Aug.14th 2014   210  2nd Igo Contest st Hyougo Pre. and Kobe City
Aug. 2nd 2014 209   Results of Seventh Igo Contest for Japan Light House Cup
July 2nd 2014  208  Igo Club Started In Toyama Prefecture
June 3rd 2014  207   Igo Contest for Visually Impaired in Hyougo Pref. on Aug. 1st
June 3rd 2014  206   New Building of Osaka Supporting School Completed
 May 1st 2014 205  7th Igo Meeting in Kansai Area at Japan Light House
Apr. 6th 2014  204   Let's pass on 9x9 board Igo to new pupils and new faces
Mar. 2nd 2014  203  Results of 12th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired Wefare C.
 Mar. 2nd 2014 202   Recent Igo Records by Mr. Nkamaru shown in this Home page
Feb. 2nd 2014 201  12th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impared Welfare Institute
Feb. 2nd 2014 200   Igo Exchange between Takatsuki Member and Hamuro Pupils
Jan. 5th 2014  199   Igo Exchange between Takatsuki Member and Abusan Pupisl
Jan. 5th 2014  198   1st Yamanashi Igo Convention was Carried Out in Kofu City
Dec. 3rd 2013  197   Many Players from Kansai in Kanto Yamanashi Convention
Nov. 11st 2013 196   16th National Igo Contest, Mr. Nakamaru won 3rd Championship
 Nov.1st 2013 195   16th National Igo Contest(Nov. 10th), Mr.Nakamaru or Mr.Yamazaki?
Oct 2nd 2013  194  Participants Requested for National Igo Contest Kantou Igo Contest
Oct 2nd 2013  193   Many children Joined in Igo Experience Class at Suita City Museum
 Sept. 2nd 2013  192   Next Year, Igo Contest to be held  in Hyogo Prefecture
 Sept. 2nd 2013  191   Igo Contest in Koufu City on Dec.7th (Sat)
 Sept. 2nd 2013  190   Igo Experience Class of Igo at Suita City Museum
Sept. 2nd 2013  189   Latest Igo Record by Mr. Nakamaru ,Champion of Our Society
 Aug. 1st 2013 188  Results of Sixth Igo Contest for Japan Light House Cup
July 3rd 2013  187  16th National Igo Contest to be held on 10th Nov.
 June 3rd 2013 186  Kyoto Lighthouse Opens Saturday Igo Classroom
 May 3rd 2013 185   Igo Club started at the Wekfare Hall of Kawasaki City for the Phisically Impaired
Aprr.2nd 2013 184 6th Igo Meeting in Kansai Area at Japan Light House
Mar. 2nd 2013 183 Results of 11th Igo Meeting at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute
Feb. 2nd 2013 182 Takatsuki Group deepened Igo Exchanges with Takatsuki Pupils
Jan. 5th 2013 181 Igo Contest on March 1st at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute
Dec. 1st 2012 180 Mr. Saho is introduce on Article of Hokkaido Shinbu
Nov.14th 2012 179 Results of 15th National Igo Contest
Nov. 6th 2012 178 Meeting with Board Menbers of Bay Area Go Players Association
Oct. 1st 2012 177 Closing Date is 20th Oct. for 15th National Igo contest
Sept 14th 2012 176 Igo Record between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr. Yamazaki
Sept. 3rd 2012 175 Igo Club Started at Osaka Branch of JRPS
Aug. 4th 2012 174 Participants being Invited to National Igo Contest on 11th Nov.
July 8th 2012 173 Results of Fifth Igo Contest for Japan Light House Cup
July 2nd 2012 172 15th National Igo Contest on 11th Nov. at Osaka Univercity of Commerce
July 2nd 2012 171 Igo Record by Mail between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr. yamazaki
June 2nd 2012 170 5th Igo Contest to be held July 3rd in Higobashi Osaka
May 2nd 2012 169 Igo Club to be Introduced on NHK E-TV at 12:00 to 12:30 on May 6th
Apr. 3rd 2012 168 Members recruited for Igo Club, Osaka Visually Impaired welfare center
Mar 3rd 2012 167 Sentences are made and sent by Voice Order
Feb. 8th 2012 166 Results of 10th Meeting at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center
Jan. 14th 2012 165 10th Igo Meeting to be held on Feb. 3rd at Osaka V. W. Institute
Jan. 5th 2012 164 A happy New Year!
Dec. 5th 2011 163 Igo Exchanges were held at Three Primary Schools in Takatsuki
Nov. 14th 2011 162 Mr. Nakamaru got Japan Title in national igo Contest
Nob. 2nd 2011 161 110 players from around Japan participate in National Igo Contest
Oct. 3rd 2001 160 National Igo Contest on 13th Nov. (Deadline 25th Dec.)
Sept. 3rd 2011 159 Results of 4th Kansai Igo Contest and Names of the Promoted.
Aug 1st 2011 158 14th National Igo Contest to be held on Nov. 13th
July 1st 2011 157 Igo Club Starts at Welfare Institute, Kobe City
June 17th 2011 156 Igo Club starts at Welfare Institute, Kawachi-Nagano, Osaka
June 16th 2011 155 New Movement Support System to be introduced for Visually impaired
June 1st 2011 154 Igo Contest at Information and Culture Center at Higobashi, on 26th July
May 19 2011 153 Igo Club Established at Okayama Prefectural Blind School
May 12 2011 152 9 Board Igo lecture open in Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa
Apr. 26 2011 151 Igo Game Records between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr. Yamazaki
Apr. 1 2011 150 Primary School opens Igo Club for the Visually Impaired
May 1 2011 149 Resuls of Igo Meeting on Feb.25th at Osaka V. W. Institute
Feb..1 2011 148 Igo Meeting to be held on Feb. 25th at Osaka V. W. Institute
Jan. 1 2011 147 A happy New Year
Nov. 17 2010 146 Champions at 13th National Igo Contest
Nov. 2 2010 145 Deadline is Dec. 10th for 13th National Igo Contest
Oct. 1 2010 144 Mr. Mitsuhisa Yukawa Assumed Repesentaive of our Representavie.
Sept 2 2010 143 Igo and Sudoku under Instruction in Japan Braille Library, Tokyo
Aug 2 2010 142 13th national Igo Contest to be held on vov.28th (sun)
July 23 2010 141 Flash News Results of Mini-Igo Meeting July 20th
July 1 2010 140 Game Record between Nakamaru Champion and Tada 3-dan
June 1 2010 139 Igo Playing Software "Takuchan" to be used with Actual Igo Board
May 6 2010 138 Cool Igo Contest by Osaka Visually Impaired Circle on 20th July
Apr 1 2010 137 Igo Instructor and Igo Instruction Group Recruted
Mar. 4 2010 136 Information of Igo Meeting held at Osaka Visually Impaired Institute
Feb. 4 2010 135 Compact Disk for Mini-Igo Board
Jan 14 2010 134 Igo Volunteer Instructor are recruted in Kanto Area
Dec 25 2009 133 Mr.Omae,Blind School OB got Second Champion in Igo Meeting
Nov 25 2009 132 Igo Meeting to be held on 26th Feb. 2010 at Osaka Visually Impaired Institute
Nov 17 2009 131 Prize Winners at 12th National Igo Contest on 15th Nov
Nov 5 2009 130 Igo Exchange Meetings start between Takatsuki Group and Primary Schools
Oct 5 2009 129 12th National Igo Contest to be held on Nov. 15th (Sun)
Sept 3 2009 128 Igo Club was established in Nissei Day Service Center in Tokyo
Aug.13 2009 127 Igo Record between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr.Matsumura in June-July 2009
Aug 3 2009 126 Mr. Kadowaki got Champion at Second Enjoying Cool Igo Contest
July 2 2009 125 12th National Igo Contest with dan and kyuu approval to be held on Nov. 15th
June 1 2009 124 Second Enjoying Cool Igo Contest by Osaka Visually Impaired Circle
May 7 2009 123 Introduction of Yamanashi-Pre Igo Club
Apr 1 2009 122 Results of 7th Igo Contest at Osaka Welfare Institute
Mar 2 2009 121 Information and Cuture Center for opening in May-June
Feb 3 2009 120 Hirano Igo Group Started in Osaka Visually Impaired Association
Jan 5 2009 119 Igo Club is Opened in Visually Impaired association in Takarazuka
Dec 2 2008 118 Igo Class is Opened Tokyo Welfare Hall for the Phisically Challenged
Oct. 7 2008 115 Igo Exchange with Hearing-Impaired on Sept. 23 in Osaka
Sept 9 2008 114 11th National Igo Contest to be held on Nov. 2nd (Sun)
Sept 4 2008 113 Igo Exchange was held by Takatsuki Group on Aug. 31st
Aug 6 2008 112 Mini-go Contest was held at Osaka Nagai Sport Center on sept. 15
July 10 2008 111 Igo Exchange between Our Society and the Aurally-Impaired
June 3 2008 110 Igo contest by Osaka Circle on July 15th at Nagai Center
May 1 2008 109 Volunteer Igo Instructors are recruited in Kanto, Tokyo areas
Apr 4 2008 108 Results of Sixth Igo Contest at Osaka Welfare Institute
Mar 4 2008 107 Igo-club started at Cosmos in Yamatokooriyama city
Feb 1 2008 106 Volunteer Igo Instructors are recruited in Kooriyam, Nara
Jan 11 2008 105 Igo Meeting at Osaka Welfare Institute on Feb. 22nd
Dec 4 2008 104 Morino 9-dan Conducted Igo Training at National Tukuba University
Nov 9 2007 103 Igo Exchange Meeting in Talatsuki on 22nd and 28th Nov.
Oct 2 2007 102 Tenth National Go Contest held on Sept 30
Sept 7 2007 101 Volunteer Igo Instructors are recruited in Tokyo Area
Aug 8 2007 100 Takatsuki Group Holds Exchange Meeting with Schools
July 6 2007 099 Let's start lessons for the National Igo Contest!
June 8 2007 098 Igo instruction to be temporarily closed at Osaka Welfare Institute
May 2 2007 097 Tenth National Igo Contest to be held on Sept. 30 or Oct. 7.
Apr. 5 2007 096 Congratulations! 30-year anniversary of Nara Instruction Volunteer Group
Mar. 9 2007 095 Results of 5th Igo Meeting of Osaka Welfare Institute for Visually Impaireds
Feb. 2 2007 094 9x9 boad games in National Invitational High School Igo Tournament !
Jan. 5 2007 093 A Happy New Year !
Dec. 7 2006 092 Igo Meeting to be held by sponsorship of Osaka Welfare Institute on Feb.9th
Nov. 16 2006 091 Flash Report : Ninth National Go Contest held on Nov. 12
Nov. 3 2006 090 Takatsuki Group Starts Exchange Meeting with Three Primary Schools
Oct. 10 2006 089 Subscription for National Igo Contest to be Closed in One Week
Sept.18 2006 088 Ninth National Igo Contest to be held on Nov. 12. Participants are Recruited.
Aug. 2 2006 087 Igo members are recruited to play Igo with exchanging e-mails!
June 15 2006 086 Volunteer Igo Instructors are recruited in various areas
May 15 2006 085 This year’s Contest on Nov. 12 at Osaka University of Commerce
Apr. 5 2006 084 Ninth National Go Contest to be held in late October
Apr, 5 2006 083 Go textbook for biginners in Braille (English)
Feb 17 2006 082 Champions are Mr. Asano for A group and Mr. Zaitsu for B group
Jan 31 2006 081 Igo Meeting of Osaka Welfare Institute on Feb. 3rd
Dec 29 2005 080 Igo Meeting between Takatsuki Group and Three Primary Schools
Oct 5 2005 079 Volunteer Instructor Recruited in Ikaruga Nara
Sept. 29 2005 078 Igo Meeting between Takatsuki Group and Three Primary Schools
Aug. 4 2005 077 Igo club started in Sapport
Aug. 4 2005 076 Nagasaki Municipal Blind School Form Igo-Club
June 6 2005 075 Flash Report :Eighth National Go Contest held on June 5
Apr 6 2005 074 Eighth National Igo Contest to be held at the Ranka
Mar 3 2005 073 An instructor is recruited in Sapporo
Feb. 10 2005 072 Mr. Ohta and Mr. Morita Win Champion at Osaka Welfare Insitute's Igo Meeting
Feb. 2 2005 071 Exchange Meetings between Primary Schools and Takatsuki Group
Jan. 20 2005 070 Mini-go (5x5) Exercise Book in Braille Available
Jan. 20 2005 069 Igo Club Start at Osaka Welfare Institute from Feb. 2005
Dec. 25 2004 068 Igo Game Meeting sponsored by Osaka Welfare Institute
Dec. 25 2004 067 Igo club at Toyonaka Aiwakai reopened (Toyonaka city, Osaka Pref)
Dec. 25 2004 066 Igo club started at the Second Jiboen in Nara Ikaruga
Nov. 10 2004 065 Go Exchange Meeting between Abusan School and Takatsuki Group
Nov. 10 2004 064 Go Lessen and Go Appeal at Funaoka Festival of Kyoto Lighthouse
Oct. 10 2004 063 Seventh National Go Contest held in Osaka
Oct. 10 2004 062 Volunteer Instructor recruited in Ikaruga, Nara-pref.
Aug.13 2004 061 Assistant Tool for Visiting Home Pages with Voice and Enlarging Functions
Aug. 13 2004 060 Road Guide by Voice "NPO Kotoba no Michiannai" Home Page Opened
July 24 2004 059 Many thanks Mr. Hayakawa for his longtime services!
July 24 2004 058 A volunteer GO Instructor recruited in Ichihara city, Chiba
July 24 2004 057 Go Activities start at Hikone Welfare Center in Shiga Pref.
June 28 2004 056 Seventh Commemorative National Go Contest to be held on Sept. 26
May 8 2004 055 Seventh Commemorative National Go Contest to be held in October
May 8 2004 054 Go Exchange Meeting between Toyonaka and Takatsuki Groups in June
May 8 2004 053 Go Exchange Meeting between Takatsuki and Sakai groups being planned in May
May 8 2004 052 First Go Contest held in Tokyo-- Mr. Murai of Hachioji Blind School 2nd Place
M ay 8 2004 051 Volunteer Instructors recruited in Toyonaka
May 8 2004 050 Volunteer Instructors recruited in Hikone
Feb. 14 2004 049 First Go Instruction Games sponsored by Shiga Welfare Institute Feb. 6
Feb. 14 2004 048 Kitagawa Win 1st Place in Go Games sponsored by Osaka Welfare Institute
Jan .5 2004 047 Go Games sponsored by Osaka Welfare Institute to be held Feb. 5
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< Oct. 5th 2017> 275

20th National Igo Contest to be held on 12th Nov. Participants Recruited

The contest will be held at Osaka University of Commmerce in HigashiOsaka.
The entry deadline is 20th Oct.. The participation fee is free.
The participants who require assistance are requested to contact the office.
Details of Meeting
Date and Time:  12th (Sun) Nov. 2017   Am, 10:00 to 16:20
Place: Osaka University of Commmerce, Rabic hall, No.5 building, 1st floor
Address: Higashi-Oska city, Mitukurisakaemachi 4-1-10
Tel: 06-6781-9727 (University)
Access: 5min walk from KawachiKosaka-station from Kintetu Nanba station (15min)

Fumio Miyano  Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp    http://fmiyano.sakura.ne.jp


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<Oct 5 2017>  274

Igo Recrod at Yamanashi Igo Contest
Followings are the record for the championship between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr Saitoh

Black Sugitaro Saitoh (Komi 6.5)
White Satoshi Nakamaru
74 45 43 65 64 75 58 47 48 38
87 86 77 57 28 37 68 33 32 42
52 53 41 44 42 84 83 49 94 85
88 23 22 12 54 55 59 39 66 97
98 95 72 93 92 56 21 94 25 24
27 36 26 29 11 13 15 18 17 35
76 34 19 63 73 18 96 14 97 16

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<Oct. 5rh 2017>  273

4th Yamanashi Igo Contest, Mr. Nakamaru Got Championship!

The contest was held on Sept. 1st to 2nd as one of the art and cultural events for the disabled people of Yamanashi Prefecture.
30 players and 20 supporters gathered from the Kantoh areas at Yamanashi Prefectural Government, and played the games in three classes, Meijin, Dan and Kyu.
The championship game was held between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr. Saito. Mr. Nakamaru won by a narrow margin.

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<Sept. 2nd 2017> 272

20th National Igo Contest to be held on 12th Nov. Participants Recruited

The contest will be held at Osaka University of Commmerce in HigashiOsaka.
The entry deadline is 20th Oct.. The participation fee is free.
The participants who require assistance are requested to contact the office.
Details of Meeting
Date and Time:  12th (Sun) Nov. 2017   Am, 10:00 to 15:20
Place: Osaka University of Commmerce, Rabic hall, No.5 building, 1st floor
Address: Higashi-Oska city, Mitukurisakaemachi 4-1-10
Tel: 06-6781-9727 (University)
Access: 5min walk from KawachiKosaka-station from Kintetu Nanba station (15min)

Fumio Miyano  Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp    http://fmiyano.sakura.ne.jp

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<Sept. 2nd 2017> 271

Results of Tenth Kansai Area Igo Memorial Contest

On Aug. 29th, the contest was held at at Osaka information and Culture Center at Higobashi under particitipation of 67 players and 10 volunteers along together with Yukawa 9dan, our society representaive, and Mr. Asae, chief editor of Igo magazine. It was a very hotoday.

   Champion  2nd  3rd  Fighting Spirit
Dan A class
7 to 4Dan
 N. Asao
Osaka
N. Tsujimoto
Osaka
 I, Takayama
Osaka
K. Hayashida
Neyagawa 
Dan B class
3 to 1Dan 
I, Kitajima
Kobe 
T. Yamashita
Osaka 
A. Mukai
Kawachinagano 
T. Hayashi
Kobe
Single Class
1 to 5kyu
 T. Shimoda
Kobe
A. Inaba
 Neyagawa
T. Inouei
Takatsuki
K. Yokoyama
Osaka
Upper class
6 to 9Kyu 
M. Doi
Nara 
S. Kitano
Osaka 
M. Hisabayashi
Osaka 
T. Sakai
Kobe 
 Middle class
11 to 20kyu
 K. Nakagawa
Nara
S. Yanase
Osaka
K. Taino
Osaka 
 Y.Inoue
Osaka
Beginner
24 to 30kyu 
N. Takimoto
Osaka
N. Tsubakino
Osaka 
H. Kanou
Osaka 
T. Takimoto
Osaka 

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<Sept. 2nd 2017> 270

Resuts og First Kobe City Visually Impaired Igo Contest on Aug. 4th

On Aug. 4th, the contest was held with 15 players and voluntees at the Kobe City Social Welfare Center.

   Champion  2nd  3rd  Fighting Spirit
 A Class
Dan $ single
 F. Tanaka
T. Hayashi
K. Takahashi  I. Nakamura
B Class
Middle to beginner
T. Shimoda I. Sasaki T. Sakai  K. Ohkawara 

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<Sept. 2nd 2017> 269

Results of Fifth Hyougo Pref. Igo Contest on July 28th

On July 28th, the contest was held at at Hyougo Social Welfare Center.
The participants were 15.

   Champion  2nd  3rd
 A Class
Dan $ single
 K. Takahashi
Kobe
I. Kitajima
Kobe
 I. Nakamura
Takarazuka
B Class
Middle to beginner
F. Tanaka
Kobe
T. Hasegawa
Kakogawa 
S. Tanaka
Takarazuka

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<Aug. 2nd 2017> 268

Reports on International Interaction Igo Congress Takarazuka, on July 14th to 16th

● Impression of the Congress
We thank for many volunteers who participated in the event without pay.
The participants enjoyed the games as players with English conversation..
This congress was effective for general igo players to understand how igo games are played by the visually impaired.
As the event was sponsored by Kansai Kiin etc., our society belonged to supporting groups, but it was a good chance to male understand the roles of our society.

● Game between Michael Redmond 9dan and S. Nakamaru in a virtual tie
On 14th, the speeches on significance of nine line Igo by Mr. Kato, former Japan Light House head and Prof. Matsumura of Osaka Commerse Univ. were impressive and the memorial game between Redmond and Nakamaru was attractive with comments by Mr. Asae, chief editor of Igo magazine and Mr. Yukawa, president of our society.

● Exchange games between our members and overseas visitors
On 14th, six players from mainly Osaka and 3 volunteers enjoys the games with foreigners.
On 15th, 12 players from Kobe, Neyagawa and Kadoma groups and 7 volunteers, and on 16th, 9 players and 5 volunteers participated in the games with overseas people, such as China, Hongkong, Taiwan, Germany, France,  Mexico, Russia.
Children also enjoyed Igo games, wearing eye mask. Miss Diana Garnet, host of NHK Igo program was one of the players. Ymanashi group joined the games by telephone.
It is important that the history of nine line Igo in Japan is long, for example, TV games for 15 years by professional players and activity for 25 years by our society, and that Igo is internationally commune as new Japan caluture irrespective of handicap.
F. Miyano

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< July 4th 2017> 267

International Igo Interaction, Takarazuka Congress held July 14th to 17th

On July 14th, former president of Japan Light House, Mr, Kato will talk about significance of nine line Igo Game for the visually impaired.
Mr. Matsumura wii introduce Igo games between our Society's members and foreign people.
Mr.Yukawa, our Sosiety President, and Mr.Asahe, Professor of Osaka University of Commerce will comment on the game of Mr. Nakamaru.
During the congress of 14th to 16th, from 11AM to 4PM, our members wii play games with foreign people.
The participants of our members are nine for 14th, twelve for 15th, and eleven for 16th.

Guidance on Site
The site, Takarazuka Hotel, is located quite near the station of Takarazuka Minamiguchi.
The meeting place is fifth floor and sixth floor.
The gathering time is 10:00AM to 10:30AM.  After the preparation, games will start at 11:00AM..
After lunch, games will restart at 1:00PM and finish at 4:00PM.
Lunch shall be prepared by yourself. (hotel restaurant costs 3,000Yen)

Contact
Fumio Miyano   SGO office
Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp

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<July 4th 2017> 266

 4th Yamanashi Pre. Igo Contest for Visually Impaired on 2nd Sept (Sat)

The 4th Contest will be held in Kofu city under cooperation of Igo members among Yamanashi Welfare Society for the Visually impaired, Yamanashi Light House and Ymanashi Prefetural Office.
The details will be informd when they are detemined.

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<June 1st 2017> 265  

10th Igo Contest at Japan Light House on Aug. 29th (Tues)
The annual meeting will be held at the Information and Culture Center of Japan Light House in Nishiku Hogobashi, Osaka.
Games are held among Dan holders and Kyu holders according to Igo ability.
The Center is located near the subway station and convenient to visit.
You are requested to participate in and enjoy the meeting.
A common room is prepared for attendants and guide helpers.
Any players other than the Kansai area is welcome.

Place: Japan Light House, Information and Cuture Center Osaka-shi Nishi-ku.
Date: Augsut 29th (Tues) :   from 9:30  Am to 15:30 Pm
Games: Classified by Dan and KYu
Contact Tel 06-6441-0015(Japan Lighthose Information and Cuture Center)
Traffic: Subway , close to Higobashi station, five min. frm Midousuji Nakanoshima and Keihan Yodoyabashi


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<May 1st 2017> 264    

Our Society Participating in Japan Igo Congress Takarazuka July 14th to 17th

Goodwill and Exchange Meetings between Japan and overseas Igo Fans will be held at the Takarazuka Hotel from 14th to 17th in July.
Last year, the first big congress was held by more than 500 participants together with the memorial speech, Go exchange games with professional players, pair Igo games and games amongamateur Igo players.
The congress will be continued this year according to enhancement of Internationa Exchnage.
Our society is going to install the nine lineboardcorner to demonstrate Igo games by nine line board.
We are planning to have free Igo games with overseas and by telephone, to have an experience of eye mask, and to exhibit Igo texts.
Your cooperation and assistance are requested for PR activities of Igo for Visually Impaired from Japan.
Place : Takarazuka Hotel
Address :  Takarazuka City Umenocho 1-46 (Tel :0797-87-1151)
Access : Five minutes walk from Takarazuka Minmiguchi, Hankyu Imazu line
Contact :  Our Society Office Tel 06-6318-6278  Fax 06-6338-6715

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<May 1st 2017> 263

Igo Contest to be held Visually Impaired in Kobe City on Aug. 4th

The contest will be held at Kobe City Genearal Welfare Cnter on Aug. 4th (fri) under the sponsorship of Kobe City Visually Imparied Welfare Association..
Although the contest has been held under the co-sponsorship with Hyogo Prefecture, this year's contest will be independently held as the government-decreed city of 1,500 thousand population.
Your supports are requested. The details will be informed later.

  Place : Kobe City General Welfare Center
  Access : Kobe railroad "Kosoku kobe", Subway "Ohkurayama" five minues walk.
  Contact : Kobe City Visually Impared Welfare Association Tel 078-371 6245

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<Apr. 1st 2017>  262

5th Igo Contest for Hyogo Visually Impaired on July 28th

The Igo Contest will be held on July 28th (Fri) at the Hyogo Municipal Welfare Center in Chuouku Kobe city.
The Contest is under sponsership of Hyogo Municipal Visually impared Welfare Institute .
The 5th contest participants include players from Takarazuka city and other afar cities.
Anyone of visually impaired living in the Hyogo prefecture can join the contest.
Please contact Hyogo Municipal Visually Impaired Institute : Tel 078-222-5556( weekday 9AM to 17PM).

P.S. ;
Kobe city will start Igo Contest for Visually Impaired from this year. The details, such as the date, will be informed as clarified.


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<Mar. 1st 2017> 261

Results of 15th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute

On Feb.17th, the contest was held at at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute, under the sponsorship of Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center, in Tennouji district.
23 players from Osaka Prefecture, and morethan 10 volunteers and related persons participated in the three-class games. The games were held in tournament play for Dan and high classes and in league competition for middle and primary classes.
This time, Outstanding awards were given to Mr. Takai, Mrs. Hinaga and Mr. Morita as 15 continued participation. And the cherry age award was given to Mr. Watanabe, 83 years old and the B class champion.
Mr. Yukawa 9 dan, joined the contest to explain how to attack others.

   Champion  2nd  3rd  Fighting Spirit
 A class
Dan class
 G. Kadowaki
Neyagawa
A. Mukai
Kawachi
 K. Hayashida
Neyagawa
M. Mizushima
Hirakata 
 B class
Dan-Single
 K. Watanabe
Kawachi
T. Inoue
 Takatsuki
A. Inaba
Neyagawa 
A. Mitani
Daitoh
 C class
Kyu class
 K. Yoshida
Kadoma
H. Hasegawa
Takatsuki
K. Kako
Takatsuki
 S. Wada
Higashiosaka

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<Fev. 1st 2017>  260

Igo Exchange Meeting between Takatsuki Group and Abusan School on Jan. 1st

Igo exchange games were held between 12 pupils of Abusan primary School  and 12 members of Takatuski Group, coaching volunteers  and school's volunteers in 6th period of class on cold day of Jan. 31st using Igo boards of our Society.
They were in happy harmony, talking on Igo and how to catch stones and promising next Igo exchange games. This is a forward looking exchange.
We thanks for vooperation by Mr Shimokawa and Mr.Saiki, coaching volunteer and Igo volunteers from the school and Mr. Shioda, teacher.

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<Fev.1st 2017> 259

Special Article on Igo for Visually Impaired in "Igo Ryouzanpaku" Magazine

The magazine "Igo Rouzanpaku" of this winter issue is providing a special article on Nine Board Igo for visually impaired.
The article includes the history of blind Igo and approaches for it. Furthermore, it reports the braodcast made by JBS, Japan Welfare Broadcast Stsation, 20 years ago, which made the Nine Board Igo more popular in Jpan.
The contact is Tel 06-6940-0212 Editorial Dept. "Igo Ryouzanpaku".

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<Jan. 5th 2017> 258

A happy New Year !  Let's Make Nine Line Board Igo More Popular This Year !

Nine Board Igo is becoming more popular among everyone independently from physical handicaps.
Our society has made efforts to introducing playing members and arranging Igo class, if there is anyone who is interested in playing Igo. We hope they break out of isolated lives.
This year,
we will have Igo Meeting in Oska in February, in Kansai in July, in Hyougo in August, in Yamanashi in Septenver and in National contest in Novenver.
We are appreiciate your cooperation and assitance.

Fumio Miyano   SGO office
Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp
http://fmiyano.sakura.ne.jp

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<Jan. 5th 2017> 257

15th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute on Feb. 17th

On Feb. 17th, the contest will be held at at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute, under the sponsorship of Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center, in Tennouji district.
Please contact Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center, Tel: 06-6772-1766.
Note: Qualifications for participation 18 years old with a physical disability certificate, except residents in Osaka city and Sakai city.

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<Jan. 5th 2017>  256

Revial of Igo Exchange Meeing in Takatsuki City

The Takatsuki group had held Igo meetings with Abusan Primary School for more than 10 years, but will return from one year's recess this month on 31st.
The meeting will make children aware of importance of devices and cooperation for getting over handicaps, which wii be helpful for their future lives.
We wish your trying similar attempts in your neighborhood.

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<Dec. 1st 2016> 255  

Flash News! Results of 19th National Igo Contest of the Visually Impaired

The contest was held at Osaka University of Commerse on 13th Nov. under participation of 120 players including 30 students, 4 hearing impaired and 4 serious disabled persons, and 50 volunteers and related people. The total participants were 200.

They came from six prefectures in Kansai area, including Hokkaido, Ibaragi, Tokyo, Yamanashi, Toyama, and Ehime areas.

The game was performed in eight classes according to Igo ability. In Meijin class, Mr. Sano from Ehime, who is 74 years old, got recovered the championship in Meijin class with four consecutive wins.  In primary class, two players in eightis joined the game.
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The games were held mainly among the visually impaired, while sighted persons, the hearing impaired, severely-disabled persons participated. The prize winners were almost same to the participating ratio.
 A blind and deaf person joined the experience game. Challenging is a stimulus for everyone.

Let's propose getting together playing Igo games without reference to ages and
At this contest, the Masters Honor Player Prize has started. Three players were chosen, who fought for games in spite of their old ages and impedement.

Anyone with adventitious blindnes as well as old age people such as eighties with visually impaired can learn nine line board Igo.
Please contact our Society

Results of Igo Contest
 

   Chanpion  Second  Third  Fighting
 Meijin class
(9〜4dan)
 K. Sano
(Ehime)
 M. Hosoo
(Deafsup Osakai)
M. Ymazaki
(Hirakata)
S. Nakamaru
(Tokyo)
 High class
(4〜2dan)
Y. Nakamaru
 (Tokyo)
N. Tujimoto
 (Osaka)
 S. Sasada
(Neyagawa HS)
S.Yasuda
 (Toyama)
 Dan class
(2dan〜2kyu)
N. Yoshikawa
 (Kyoto)
S. Takemitsu
 (Kobe)
 K. Watanabe
(Kawachinagano)
K. Takayama
(NeyagawaHS)
 SingleA class
(2〜4kyu)
K Sasaki
  (Toyama) 
 Y. Matsumoto
(Toyama)
 M. Takada 
(Talatsuki)
Y. Tsuchiya
 (Nara uiv.)
 Single B class
(7〜10kyu)
 K. Kakihana
(Heguri)
H. Watanabe
(Takatsuki)
 M. Kano
(Kyoto)
I. Sasaki
(Kobe) 
 Upper class
(11-17kyu)
S.  Wada
(Osaka)
T. Kadowaki
 (Hokkaido) 
M. Komuro
 (Osaka)
 M. Yamamoto
(Kobe) 
 Middle class
(18-25kyu)
Y. Sawarano
 (Heguri) 
 Y. Fukimoto
(Takatsuki)
K. Tuino
 (Osaka)
Y. Mikuchi
(Nara)
 Primary class
(26-30kyu)
 M. Hieda
(Kawachinagano)
 K. Nakagawa
(Nara)
 K. Nishioka
(Nara)
 S. Terada
(Kadoma)


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<Nov. 1st 2016> 254

124 Players participating from Hokkaido, Akita, Tokyo, Yamanashi, Tohama, Ehime

Thw 19th National Igo Contest on 13th Nov. will be held at Osaka University of Commerce in Osaka.
The players with Dan and Single are more than 75. The games will be executed without any body handicap.
Visitors for inspection or Igo experience are welcomed.Please contact the office.

Fumio Miyano  Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp    http://fmiyano.sakura.ne.jp

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<Oct 1st 2016> 253

19th National Igo Contest to be held on 13th Nov. Participants Recruited

The contest will be held at Osaka University of Commmerce in HigashiOsaka.
The entry deadline is 25th Oct.. The participation fee is free.
The participants who require assistance are requested to contact the office.
Details of Meeting
Date and Time:  13th (Sun) Nov. 2016   Am, 10:00 to 15:20
Place: Osaka University of Commmerce, Rabic hall, No.5 building, 1st floor
Address: Higashi-Oska city, Mitukurisakaemachi 4-1-10
Tel: 06-6781-9727 (University)
Access: 5min walk from KawachiKosaka-station from Kintetu Nanba station (15min)

Fumio Miyano  Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp    http://fmiyano.sakura.ne.jp

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<Oct 1st 2016> 252

3rd Yamanashi Igo Contest Results held on 3rd Sept

The contest was held on Sept. 3rd as one of the art and cultural events for the disabled people of Yamanashi Prefecture.
40 players and 20 supporters gathered from the Kantoh areas at Yamanashi Prefectural Government, and played the games in three classes, Meijin, Dan and Kyu.

   Champion  2nd  3rd
 Meijin class
High Dan
N. Salkata
Kai
M. Eguchi
Nirasaki
H. Nakamura 
Kofu
Dan class
Dan holders 
T. Nomura
2dan Kofu
A. Asuka
1danM-arupusu
Y. Nakamaru
3dan Tokyo 
Kyu class
 
S. Nagashima
2kyu Kofu 
A. Oshima
14kyu Kofu 
S. Nagashima
23kyu Kofu 

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<Sept. 1st 2016> 251

Results of 4th Hyogo Pref. and Kobe City Joint Igo Contest

The contest was held at the Hyogo Welfare Center in Kobe city under the sponsership Hyogo Pref. Visually Impaireds Welfare Association and the cosponsership of Kobe City Visually Impaireds Welfare Association on Aug. 5th.
20 persons including 15 players and 5 volunteers participated and games were performed among A class (dan-holders and single) and B class (middle and beginners), using the original Igo boards. 
In particular, the professional Igo player, Yukawa 9dan joined the meeting, acted as the judge and guided the players.

   Champion  2nd  3rd
 A class
Dan - Single
 F. Tanaka
Hyogo
N. Tsujimoto
Kobe
K. Takahashi 
Kobe
B class
Middle-Begin 
M. Hasegawa
Kakobe
T. Hasegawa
Higashinada
K. Sasaki
Kobe 

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<Aug. 1st 2016> 250

19th National Igo Contest to be held on 13th Nov. Participants Recruited

The contest will be held at Osaka University of Commmerce in HigashiOsaka.
The results of this meeting wii be utilized for approval of Dan and Kyu.
The participants are planned from Nagoya city and Toyama Pref. as well as from Kansai area.
The details will be informed later to the persons related.

Fumio Miyano  Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp    http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~sgo/

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<Aug. 1st 2016> 249

3rd Yamanashi Pre. Igo Contest for Visually Impaired on 3rd Sept

In relation to the Second Yamanashi Pref. Art and Culture  Festival, the Igo Contest will be on 3rd Sept (Sat) in Kofu city.
Place ; Yamanashi Pref. Bousai-New Builing, Meeting Room A&B
Reception; 9;30 AM, Start; 10:00 AM, Finish; 15:00 PM
The Igo Contest wirh three classes will be realized by cooperation of Igo members among Yamanashi Welfare Society for the Visually impaired, Yamanashi Light House and Ymanashi Prefetural Office.
Application; by fax, att. Mr.Kobayashi, Yamanashi Light House, Blue Bird Assitance Grouo
  Tel :055-252-7552, Fax : Same number toTel (Final Date 26th Aug
Paricipation Fee ; free (Excluding lunch)

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<Aug. 1st 2016>  248

Igo Records by Mr. Nakamaru, Champion of our Society, with Mr. Saitoh

Together with the Igo Records, the comments of Mr.Matsumura are introduced on Igo Records, which are helpful for players who intend to get be higher dan.
Please click the Nakamaru Kifu. Record No.:156

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Results of Ninth Kansai Area Igo Contest

On July 26th, the contest was held at at Osaka Light House in Nishiku under the rainy sky..

   Champion  2nd  3rd  Fighting Spirit
 A Dan class
7 to 4Dan
 H. Nakano
Osaka
K. Hayashida
Neyagawa
 G. Kadowaki
Neyagawa
N. Asano
Sakai 
B Dan class
3 to 1Dan 
Y. Nakai
Nara 
K. Mukai
Ikoma 
A. Mitani
Hirakata 
A. Nukai
Kawachinagano 
Single Class
1 to 5kyu
 F. Tanaka
Kobe
M. Morita
 Neyagawa
A. Mitani
Daitoh 
M. Takata
Takatsuki 
Upper class
6 to 9Kyu 
K. Yokoyama
Osaka 
S. Kitano
Osaka 
H. Imai
Osaka 
G. Satake
Neyagawa 
 Middle class
11 to 20kyu
 R. Wada
Higashiosaka
I. Sasaki
Kobe
M. Hisabayasi
Osaka 
 M. Yamamoto
Kobe
Beginner
24 to 30kyu 
K. Kako
Takatsuki 
Y. Fukumoto
Takatsuki 
T. Izaki
Osaka 
N. Tsubakino
Osaka 

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<July 3rd 2016>  246

3rd Yamanashi Igo Contest for Visually Impaired on 3rd Sept (Sat)

In relation to the Third Yamanashi Pref. Art and Culture  Festival on Sept. 3rd (Sat), the Igo Contest will be  held as its event under the sponseship of Yamanashi people.
As the Contest is planned to ask paricipants from all over Japan, please join the event enjoying sightseeing of Mt. Fuji.
Coreespondence and details will be informed later when clarified.

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<July 3rd 2016>  245

Igo Records by Mr. Nakamaru, Champion of our Society, with Mr. Saitoh and Mr. Yamazaki

Together with the Igo Records, the comments of Mr.Matsumura are introduced on Igo Records, which are helpful for players who intend to get be higher dan.
Please click the Nakamaru Kifu.

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<June 5th 2016> 244  

4th Igo Contest of Hyogo Visually Impaired on Aug. 5th


The Igo Contest will be held on Aug.5th (Fri) at the Hyogo Municipal Welfare Center in Chuouku Kobe city.
The Contest is under sponsership of Hyogo Municipal Visually impared Welfare Institute and Kobe City Visually Impared Institute.
The contest started four years ago, participants increased and the ability of Igo is being upgraded.
Anyone of visually impaired living in the Hyogo prefecture can join the contest.
Please contact Hyogo Municipal Visually Impaired Institute : Tel 078-222-5556( weekday 9AM to 17PM)
or Kobe City Visually Impaired Institute : Tel 078-371-6245(weekday 9AM to 17PM)

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<May 1st 2016>  243  

9th Igo Contest at Japan Light House on July 26th (Tues)
The annual meeting will be held at the Information and Culture Center of Japan Light House in Nishiku Hogobashi, Osaka.
Games are held among Dan holders and Kyu holders according to Igo ability.
The particpation fee is 500 Yen. The players will join from all Kansai arreas.
The Center is located near the subway station and convenient to visit.
You are requested to participate in and enjoy the meeting.
A common room is prepared for attendants and guide helpers.
Any players other than the Kansai area is welcome.

Place: Japan Light House, Information and Cuture Center Osaka-shi Nishi-ku.
Date: June 26th (Tues) 2016  ):   from 9:30  Am to 15:30 Pm
Closing Date : June 30th 2016
Games: Classified by Dan and KYu
Contact Tel 06-6441-0015(Japan Lighthose Information and Cuture Center)
Traffic: Subway , close to Higobashi station, five min. frm Midousuji Nakanoshima and Keihan Yodoyabashi

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<Mar 2nd 2016> 242

Results of 14th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute

On Feb. 26th, the contest was held at at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute, under the sponsorship of Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center, in Tennouji district.
24 players from Osaka Prefecture, and 10 volunteers and related persons participated in the three-class games. The games were held in tournament play for Dan and high classes and in league competition for middle and primary classes.
This time, Neyagawa group fighted bravely in the contest.
Mr. Yukawa 9 dan, joined the contest to explain how to attack others.

   Champion  2nd  3rd  Fighting Spirit
 A class
Dan class
 K. Hayashida
Neyagawa
G. Kadowaki
Neyagawa
 K. Ohta
Takatsuki
Y. Takai
Takatsuki 
 B class
Dan-Single
 K. Watanabe
Kawachinagano
M. Morita
 Neyagawa
A. Mitani
Daitoh 
M. Takata
Takatsuki 
 C class
Kyu class
 G. Satake
Neyagawa
J. Takita
Kadoma
K. Yoxhida
Kadoma 
 C. Sennda
Takatsuki

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<Feb. 2nd 2017> 241

Igo Classroom opened at Osaka Social Welfare Sevice Center

The classroom is for the visally impaireds using the nine x nine Igo board.
The room is opened for beginners and senior people.
The lesson fee is free. However,the annual fee of 1,000 Yen is needed for member's comfort expense.

Date and Time : Second Friday and fourth Friday, 13:00 to 16:00
Place : Oska Social Welfare Service Center
Address : Higashi Kouzu-chou 12-10, Tennouji-ku Osaka city
Tel : 06-6765-5641
Traffic : 3 minute's walk from Kintetsu, Osaka Kmaihonmachi,
10 mminute's walk from Subway Tanimachi 9 choume

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<Jan. 6st 2016>  240

14th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute on Feb. 26th

On Feb. 26th, the contest will be held at at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute, under the sponsorship of Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center, in Tennouji district.
Please contact Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center, Tel: 06-6772-1766.
Note: Qualifications for participation 18 years old with a physical disability certificate, except residents in Osaka city and Sakai city.
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<Jan. 6th 2016>  239

A Happy New Year !   Igo Texts in Braille and Audio Tapes Completed

Igo texts by our society were transformed into Braile and audio tapes by cooperation of the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute, and are available in the Baralle Library.  The tape is dwonloaded through internet as daisy version.
The text on the Igo titleled as "Routs foe Winning" by Mr.Takahasi 6dan of Japan Igo Association is aavailabe in audio data as daisy version.

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<Dec. 1st 2015> 238  

Flash News! Results of 18th National Igo Contest of the Visually Impaired

The contest was held at Osaka University of Commerse on 15th Nov. under participation of 120 players and 50 volunteers and related people from six prefectures in Kansai area, including Hokkaidou, Ibaragi, Tokyou, Yamanashi, Toyama, Ehime, Kagawa areas.
The game was performed in eight classes according to Igo ability. In Meijin class, former champion, Mr.S. Nakamaru recovered the championship.
The games were held mainly among the visually impaired, while sighted persons, the hearing impaired, severely-disabled persons participated. The prize winners were almost same to the participating ratio.
At this contest, the Masters Honor Player Prize has started. Three players were chosen, who fought for games in spite of their old ages.
Anyone with adventitious blindnes as well as old age people such as eighties with visually impaired can learn nine line board Igo.
Please contact our Society

Results of Igo Contest
 

   Chanpion  Second  Third  Fighting
 Meijin class
(9dan〜5dan)
 S. Nakamaru
(Tokyo)
 Y. watanabe
(Ibaraki)
S. Saitoh 
(Yamanashi)
K. Sonoda
(NeyagawaHSOB)
 High class
(5dan〜3dan)
M. Mizushima
 (Hirakata)
Y. Mito
 (NeyagawaHSOB)
 F. Nakamura
(Kobe Blind SC)
N. Kobayashi
 (Yamanashi)
 Dan class
(3dan〜2kyu)
T. Kishimoto
 (Nara Uv)
S. Yasuda
 (Toyama Light)
 Fujimura
(Osaka)
S. Sasada
(NeyagawaHSOB)
 SingleA class
(2kyu〜4kyu)
S. Takemitsu
  (Kobe) 
 Y. Otubo
(Nara Uv)
 Ki. Sasaki 
(Toyama Light)
S. Maki
 (Kagawa Blind Sc)
 Single B class
(5kyu〜9kyu)
 Y. Matsumoto
(Toyama Light)
*T. Shimoda
(champion, Kobe)
 M. Takada
(Takatsuki)
Y. Takiura
(Nara Uv) 
 Upper class
(10kyu〜13kyu)
R. Inoue
 (Hegurikumagashi)
 S. Kitano
 (Osaka) 
R. Ohnishi
 (HeguriKumagasi)
 Y. Moriguchi
(Hegurikumagasi) 
 Middle class
(15kyu〜20kyu)
T. Fukuda
 (Kyouto) 
 Y. Mikuchi
(Nara)
M. Hisabayashi
 (Osaka)
 I. Ikeda
(Kobe)
 Primary class
(22kyu〜30kyu)
 N. Tozuka
(Nagoya)
 A. Matsumori
(Osaka)
 Y. Kitamori
(Nara Blind Sc)
 H. Ishikawa
(Hirakata)
   *The class with a paricipant of odd number will vary the class.
   *Mr.Shimoda is a champion due to the same ratio results.

Award for Elderly Player  :Masters Honor Player Prize for Three Players

Meijin class     M. Murata       (Sakai)
 Single class   M. Nagasawa (Yamanashi)
 Middle class     K. Nakatani   (Osaka)

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18th National Igo Contest ! on Nov. 15th from Toyama, Ibaragi, Nagoya

120 Players and 50 supportrs from mainly Kansai area, including participants from Hokkaido, Ibaragi, Tokyo, Toyama, Ehime, Kagawa.
They will conpete each other in games with their trained skill
Visitors from the Korea Volunteer Association, Home Assistance Group for the Disabled, etc. will join the meeting.
Anyone who is interested in the Igo by the visually impaired or is interested in Igo by them can contact the Office.

〒565-0853
Kasuga 4-11-4-205, Suita-shi Osaka-fu
Japan Igo Society for the Visually Impaired

Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp
http://fmiyano.sakura.ne.jp/

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<Oct. 2nd 2015> 236

Participnts recruited for 18th National Igo contest in Higashiosaka

The annual 18th National Igo Contest is held on 15th Nov. at Osaka University of Commmerce in HigashiOsaka.
Beginners and first participants are well supported, who can enjoy intercommunication with many groups and friends.
The participants are requsted to contact our office by 25th Oct. by phone,fax and mail.Participation fee is free.

〒565-0853
Kasuga 4-11-4-205, Suita-shi Osaka-fu
Japan Igo Society for the Visually Impaired

Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp
http://fmiyano.sakura.ne.jp/


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<Oct. 2nd 2015> 235

Game Record between Mr .Nakamaru and Mr. Ohta in Yamanashi event

In the event held at Yamanashi Pref., on 5th Sept.,  Igo game was held between Mr. Nakamaru, Post champion.
Black: S. Nakamaru (with 6.5-stone handicap)
White: H. Ohta

55 43 63 67 76 77 47 75 65 35
34 24 86 48 37 38 28 57 46 26
27 45 56 87 52 42 53 85 44 33
54 22

Only the record is shown here. You can enjoy the record on the board from thfrom this record page, game number 151.
The comments by Mr. Matsumura is not uploaded, which ca be read on the this record page in Japanese.

Finished at 32th ston with Black Resignation

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<Oct. 2nd 2015> 234  

2nd Yamanashi Igo Contest Results held on 5th Sept

The contest was held on Sept. 5th as one of the art and cultural events for the disabled people of Yamanashi Prefecture.
30 players and 20 supporters gathered from the Kantoh areas at Yamanashi Prefectural Government, and played the games in three classes, Meijin, Dan and Kyu.
Naomi Nishiguchi fought bravely in Kyu class and got the third rank. The champion was Yuki Nakamaru from Tokyo.
Strong supporting is begining inKantoh area. We would like to have your assistance. 

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<Sept. 1st 2015> 233

18th National Igo Contest to be held on 15th Nov. Participants Recruited

The contest will be held at Osaka University of Commmerce in HigashiOsaka.
The results of this meeting wii be utilized for approval of Dan and Kyu.
The participants are planned from Nagoya city and Toyama Pref. as well as from Kansai area.
The details will be informed later to the persons related.

Fumio Miyano  Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp    http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~sgo/

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<Sept. 1st 2015> 232

Info on Champions at 3rd Hyogo Pref. and Kobe City Igo Contest

The Igo Contest was held at Hyougo Pref. Welfare Center. About 20 players and volunteers participated.
The winners are as follows;
A class (Yudan and Single class)  champion : Mr.T. Hayasi (Akashi city)
B class (Middle class and beginners) champion : K. Sasaki (Kobe city) 
Mr. F. Tanaka  3rd Mr. K. Hirai
B class champipn Mr.M. Hasegawa  2nd Mr. T. Sakai  3rd K. Sasaki

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<Aug. 2nd 2015> 231

Flash News ; Results of 8th Igo Meeting at Japan light House

On July 28th (Tueseday), the Annual Igo Contest of Kansai Area Visually Impaired was held at the Information and Cuture Center, Japan Light House, Higobashi, Osaka. The results are informed as flash news.
60 players and volunteers participated in the event from Osaka Pref. Nagoya Wakayama and Hyougo.
The powerful games were fought among six classes in the hot excited rooom..
We express our appreciation to staff of Japan Light House, instruction volunteers and helpers.
The resuts are as follows.

 Prize wiiners for 8th Contest     

   Champ  2nd  3rd  Fight
 Dan classA
7ー4dan
H. Kano
 (Osaka)
 N. Asano
(Sakai)
 H. Nakano
(Osaka)
G. Kadowaki
(Neyagawa) 
 Dan classB
3-1dan
K. Takahashi
(Kobe)
T. Hayashi
(Kobe)
A. Mitani
(Hirakata)
M. Ohmae
(Wakayama)
Single
1ー5kyu 
T. Yamashita
(Osaka)
 K. Mukai
(Ikoma)
K. watanabe
 (KawachiN)
S. Nonaka
 (Toyaonaka)
 Upper
6-11kyu
K. Yokoyama
(Osaka)
T. Shimoda
(Kobe)
M. Takada
(Takatsuki)
C. Sennda
(Takatsuki)
Middle
12- 20kyu
T. Sakai
 (Kobe)
 S. Wada
(H.osaka)
 I. Sasaki
(Kobe)
H. Kitagawa
(Osaka) 
 Primary
21-30kyu
H. Ishikawa
(Hirakata)
Y. Fukumoto
(Takatsuki)
N. Tozuka
(Nagoya)
R. Wada
(H.osaka)

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<July 2nd 2015> 230
2nd Kou-Shin-Etsu Igo Contest for Visually Impaired on 5th Sept

In relation to the Second Yamanashi Pref. Art and Culture  Festival, the Igo Contest will be on Sept. 5th (Sat) in Kofu city.
Place ; Yamanashi Pref. Bousai-New Builing, Meeting Room A&B
Reception; 9;30 AM, Start; 10:00 AM, Finish; 15:00 PM
The Igo Contest is realized by cooperation of Igo members among Yamanashi Welfare Society for the Visually impaired, Yamanashi Light House and Ymanashi Prefetural Office.
Application; by fax, att. Mr.Kobayashi, Yamanashi Light House, Blue Bird Assitance Grouo
  Tel :055-221-1260, Fax : 055-221-0886 (dead line ; Aug.31st, 2015)
Paricipation Fee ; free (Excluding lunch)
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<July 2nd 2015> 229
3rd Hyougo Pref. Igo Conteat to be held on Aug. 7th

The Igo Conest wii be held on Aug. 7th (Fri) at Hyougo Welfare Center, Astep KOBE, in Chuouku.
Any resident in Hyougo Pefecture can participate .
Details shall be confirmed to Tel : 078-371-6245.

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<July 2nd 2015> 228

Mr.Yukawa 9dan (Representaive Manager of our Society) Win First Game
In the first game held on June 21st with Mr. Chou Son Jin 9dan, Mr.Yukawa won the game under 63th NHK Cup.
Hoping his victory for the next, your backup is requested.

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<June 2nd 2015> 227

Yamanashi (Kantou and Koushinetu) Contest to be held in Sept.

The contest will be held this September, continuing to last year's meeting.
Details on place, date, etc. will be communicated to every groupe and uploaded on the home page.
Anyone who has sufficient time is requested to participate in the meeting.

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<June 2nd 2015> 226

Igo Boards for the Visually Impaired are Available Soon

Much nuisance has been given to many persons due to lack of stock.
The boards will come in soon (within this week), and available for sale.
The size of the board is a little smaller (29.5 x 29.5cm) than the old one.
The goods will be sent as soon as ordering is made.

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<May 2nd 2015> 225

Particpants Recruited for 8th Igo Contest at Japan Light House on July 28th

The meeting will be held at the Information and Culture Center of Japan Light House in Nishiku Hogobashi, Osaka.
Games are held among Dan holders and Kyu holders according to Igo ability.
The particpation fee is 500 Yen.The players will join from all Kansai arreas.
The Center is located near the subway station and convenient to visit.
You are requested to participate in and enjoy the meeting.
Any contact shall be sent to the followings.

Place: Japan Light House, Information and Cuture Center Osaka-shi Nishi-ku.
Contact Tel 06-6441-0015(Japan Lighthose Information and Cuture Center)
Traffic: Subway , close to Higobashi station, five min. frm Midousuji Nakanoshima and Keihan Yodoyabashi

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<Apr. 2nd 2015> 224

Igo Class Opens This Month  at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute

The Igo class opens twice a month (every second and fourth Saturday, at 13:00 to 15:00) at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute located at Kamihonchou in Tennouji district.
Igo Boards of our society which is improved for being used by the visually impaired are used, and beginners and seiniors are welcome to enjoy Igo.
The object persons are owner of the physical disability certificate.
Please contact the Institute to notice the details.

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<Mar 4th 2015> 223

Results of 13th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute

On Feb. 20th, the contest was held at at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute, under the sponsorship of Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center, in Tennouji district.
22 players from Osaka Prefecture participated in the three-class games. The games were held in tournament play for Dan and high classes and in league competition for middle and primary classes. This time, the consolation match was held to warm up the contest.
Mr. Yukawa 9 dan, Mr. Asae, Mr. Fujise, Mr. Orie and Mr. Takagi joined the contest to help and support.

   Champion  2nd  3rd  Fighting Spirit  Special
 Dan class
2-7 dan
 G. Kadowaki
Neyagawa
 Y. Takai
Takatuki
 K. Hayasida
Neyagawa
M. Mizusima
Hirakata 
 
 High class
1-8 kyu
 A. Inaba
Neyagawa
K.Watanabe
 Kawachinagano
T. Inoue
Takatuki 
M. Morita
Neyagawa 
 
 Middle/Primary
10-20 kyu
 J. Takita
Kadoma
 H. Hasegawa
Takatuki
S. Wada
Higasiosaka 
 S.Nakatani
Kadoma
 K. Kako
Takatuki

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<Feb. 2nd 2015> 222

 Igo Exchange Held by Hamuro School and Takatsuki Group on Jan. 30th

Igo exchange games were held between 10 members of Takatuski Group and 20 pupils of Igo club under assistance by 2 volunteers and 3 teachers. On rainy and cold day of Jan. 30th, many lower pupils joined to observe games. The exchange between the visinally impaired and pupis will help lead a meaningful future life.
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<Feb.2nd 2015>221

Igo Record by Mail between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr. Saitoh

The game was held by mail last month between Mr. Nakamaru, the Past Champion of our Society, and Mr. Saitoh, the amateur top of Yamanashi Pref.. Comments by Mr.Matsumura are helpful to learn the Igo game.
You can see the record by Java at No. 162 on this home page.

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<Jan. 3rd 2015>220

13th Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute

On Feb. 20th, the contest will be held at at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute, under the sponsership of Osaka Visually Impaired Wefare Center, in Tennouji district.
Please contact Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center, Tel: 06-6772-1766.
Note: Qualifications for participation except residents in Osaka city and Sakai city.

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<Jan. 3rd 2015>219

  Igo Exchange in Hamuro Primary School in Takatsuki

The Igo exchange games will be held on 30th Jan. between Hamuro Primary School in Takatsuki City and the Takatsuki group.
The exchanges have been held for more than ten years in a similar way as the fifth class pupils of the Abusan Primary School.
Let's give your help to the Takatsuki Group.

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<Jan. 3rd 2015>218

Thirty Players Participated in First Yamanashi Pref. Igo Contest

On Dec. 6th last year, the games were held at the First Yamanashi Igo Convention by the Visually Impaired in three classes of eight dan holders, three kyu holders and four beginners. Three players and one volunteer from Osaka and two players from Tokyo joined the game.
We hope such Art and Culture Festival as Yamanashi being held in every place.

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<Dec. 26th 2014>217

Igo Record by Mail between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr. Yamazaki

The game was held by mail last month between Mr. Nakamaru, the Past Champion of our Society, and Mr. Yamazaki.
Comments by Mr.Matsumura are helpful to learn the Igo game.
You can see the record by Java at No. 160 on this home page.

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<Dec. 6th 2014> 216

Igo Exchanges will be held between Abusan Primary Scholld and Igo Players of our Society

Twenty pupils of fifth year class will hold Igo games with the visually impaired from Takatsuki Igo group and instruction volunteer, for one hour in the classroom.
The games will be performed using the Igo boards and Igo stones which are lent by our society. 
Igo playing with stone position notice employing unmovable and distinguishable stones will help impact pupils.
We hope this kind of exchange will prevail among primary schools in Japan.

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<Dec. 5th 2014> 215

The First Yamanashi Pref. Igo Contest to be held on Dec. 6th in Kofu City

The first Yamanashi Pref. Art and Culture Festival by the disabled will be held on Dec. 6th in Kofu city.
Music, dance, show, paintings, etc.will be newly introduced The Igo Contest is one of such ivents, which is held first time in Yamanashi Pref..
The Igo Contest is realized by cooperation of Igo members among Yamanashi Welfare Society for the Visually impaired, Yamanashi Light House and Ymanashi Municipal Office.
Three players of visually impaired and one instruction volunteer from Osaka will participate as well as Mr. Nakamaru 9dan, former champion, from Tokyo.
More than twenty players including players from Yamanashi Pref. will make games heated and exciting.
The results will be informed later.

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<Nov. 13th  2014 > 214

Ups and Downs in 17th National Igo Contest, Mr. Hosoo 6dan got Championship,

On the 11th of November, the Contest was held and Mr. M. hosoo 6dan got the championship after continuedvictories, blocking the past champion, Mr. Nakamaru's winning.
We hope Mr. Yamazaki and Mr.Nakamru make efforts to upgrade their abiities.
In other classes, every player is enpowering his Igo abilitiy, which gives us happy feeling.
In the contest, 106 players(five volunteers on behalf of five absentee of player), 30 volunteers and 30 helpers participated. The winners of the contest whichi certifies dan and kyu are as follows

 Champion  2nd  3rd  Fighting
 Meijin(9-5dan)  M. Hosoo  K. Sonoda  M. Yamazaki  S. Nakamaru
 High dan(4-3dan)  Y. Taniguchi  I. Takayama  T. Itoh  D. Mihara
Primary 2 dan(2dan-1kyu)  K. shiono  N. Tsujimoto  N. Nakao  A. Mukai
 Single (1-4kyu)  T. Kaneko  N. Furukawa  T. Yamashita  F. Takehara
High class (11-18kyu)  T. Shishida  K. Saho  G. Ohota  M.Nishiyama
 Middle class(19-24kyu)  S. kitano  I. Sasaki  K. Yoshida  Y. Mikuchi
 Primary(25kyu-30kyu)  H. Kui  H. Ishikawa  K. Kako  R. Ishida

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<1st Nov. 2014> 213
17th National Igo Contest to be held with Participants of 106 Players and 30 Volunteers

The participation for the contest of Nov. 9th was closed.
This year, the Welfare society of Rikutoh in Shiga prefecture and the Nine Line Board Club of Nara prefecture newly joined.
And, 90 players, 30 volunteers and more than 30 members of helpers and families will join the contest mainly from six prefecture in the Kinki are and other prefectures.
Young people who started by learning Igo in primary and middle schools will participate in the meeting, whom we would like to support as they are to be leaders succeeding us.
Our society has contacted through the contest with the Aiwakai, Asunaro of the physically impaired for more than 10 years and with the hearing impaired for 6 years.
We are proud of achieving difficult exchange between them. We wouls like to meet a challenge for denying the impaired's possibilty.

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<2nd Oct 2014> 212

17th National Igo Contest Participants Recruited

Applications for players and volunteers of the Contest of nine lines board are accepted, which will be held on 9th Nov. 10.00 to 15:20 at Osaka University of Commmerce in HigashiOsaka.
The participation fee is free. The games are played according to Igo ability, without regard to age, gender, etc.. You are reccommnded tohabe games with th visuallu impaired.
The rules are to read out Igo records and to touch stones on the board by finger for confirmation.
The participants are requsted to contact us with your name and Igo ability. The details willbe informed. The hotel is informed with a special discount.
・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・
Fumio Miyano
Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp
http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~sgo/

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<1st Sept 2014> 211

Flash News on 17th National Igo Contest on 9th Nov. .
The annual 17th National Igo Contest is held on 9th Nov. at Osaka University of Commmerce in HigashiOsaka.
Beginners and first participants are well supported, who can enjoy intercommunication with many groups and friends.
The participants are requsted to contact our office. The application sheet, guidance, accomodation and traffic etc. will be sent.

〒565-0853
Kasuga 4-11-4-205 Suita-shi Osaka-fu
Japan Igo Society for the Visually Impaired

Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp
http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~sgo/

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<Aug. 14 2014> 210

Second Igo Contest at Hyogo Prefeture and Kobe City
The Igo Contest was held at Hyougo Pref. Welfare Center. The winners are as follows;
A class champipn Mr.T. Hayasi  2nd Mr. F. Tanaka  3rd Mr. K. Hirai
B class champipn Mr.M. Hasegawa  2nd Mr. T. Sakai  3rd K. Sasaki

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<Aug. 2nd 2014> 209

Flash News ! Results of Seventh Igo Contest for Japan Light House Cup

On July 29th (Tueseday), the annual Seventh Igo Contest of Kansai Area Visually Impaired was held at the Information and Cuture Center, Japan Light House, Higobashi, Osaka. The results are informed as flash news.
Mr. Yukawa, pro-8dan (representaive of our society), Mr.Asae (editor of igo-magazine), 61players and 10 volunteers participated in the event.
The powerful games were fought among six classes in the hot excited rooom..
We express our appreciation to Japan Light House, instruction volunteers and helpers. We hope the meeting will be more enjoyable combining everyones power.
The resuts are as follows.
Results Yu-dan A
5dan>
Yu-dan B
4-1dan
Single Class
1-5kyu
Upper Class
6-14kyu
Middele Class
16-19kyu
Beginner Class
 21-30kyu
Champion G. Kadowaki
(Neyagawa)
Y. Nakai
(TNara)
N. Nakao
(Toyonaka)
M. Takada
(Takatsuki)
I. Sasaki
(Kbe)
 M. Hisabayasi
(Hirano)
Vice-champion K. Hayasida
(Neyagawa)
H, Mizunuma
(Hirakata)
F. Tanaka
(Kobe)
A. Inaba
(Neyagawa)
T. Toshida
(Kobe)
M. Fukunaga
(Kobe) 
Third Place Y. Takai
(Takatsuki)
T. Nakamura
(Takatsuki)
K. Mukai
(Nara)
K. Yokoyama
(Kadoma)
T. Sakai
(Kobe)
 Y. Sakamoto
(Kobe)
Fighting Spirit Prize M. Takeuchi
(Hyougo)
H. Takayama
(Hirano)
S.Nonaka
(Toyonaka)
H. Shimoyama
(Hirano)
S.Wada
(Higashiosaka)
Hi. Matsunori
(Kobe) 

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<July 2nd 2014> 208
Igo Club Started In Toyama Prefectural Association for Visually Impaired

The association located in Isobe,Toyama Prefeture has been iregularly holding Igo classes from last year.
Officially this April, "Toyama Light Igo Class" started by the leadership of Mr. Yasuda, Facility Manager of the Association
The class is planned to hold twice a month at the so-called Toyama Light Center. It will be 16th and 27th in July, from 10 o'clock.
They are voluntarily planning to participate in the National Igo Convention held in Osaka.
We would like to support Toyama Light Igo Class, hoping increse of Igo friends in Hokuriku District.
Inquiry "Toyama Light Center " Tel 076-425-6761

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<June 3rd 2014 >207

Flush News on Igo Contest by the Visually Impaired in Hyougo on Aug. 1st

The Igo Conest wii be held on Aug. 1st (planned)at Hyougo Welfare Center in Chuouku.
Nine line boards are put on the ivent for the resident in Hyougo Pefecture.
Details are informed later when clarified.

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<June 3rd 2014 >206
New School Buildings of Osaka Prefecture's Visually Impaired Supporting School Completed

In December, 2103, the new school buildings and dormitory were completed and from April this year, new pupils are attending classes.
Due to the construction work, Igo club and room were closed for one year.  They started again the rooms, which had been opened 21years before.
This is thanks to efforts by teachers and volunteers, in addition to pupils' motivation to learn Igo.
We hope the continuation of Igo rooms in the School.

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<May 1st 2014>205

Seventh Igo Meeting by Visually Impaired in Kansai Area to be held on July 29th (Tuesday)

The meeting will be held at the Information and Culture Center of Japan Light House in Nishiku Hogobashi, Osaka.
The players will join from Hyougo, Kyouto, Nara, and all around Japan, as well as mainly from Osaka area.
The Center is located near the subway station and convenient to visit. You are requested to participate in and enjoy the meeting.
Any questions shall be sent to the followings.

Place: Japan Light House, Information and Cuture Center Osaka-shi Nishi-ku.
Date: July 29th (Tuesday) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
Traffic: Subway , close to Higobashi station, five min. frm Midousuji Nakanoshima and Keihan Yodoyabashi.
Contact Tel 06-6441-0015(Japan Lighthose Information and Cuture Center)

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<Apr. 6th 2014>204

Let's pass on 9x9 board Igo to new pupils and new faces

There are many sports which are enjoyed by the visually impaired, such as soccer, ping-pong and tennis.
These athletic games use special means which sound signals, and games are played in narrow playgrounds.
Board games, such as othello game, shogi and chess, are played on boards with eight to nine line grids, which make possibe for the visually impaired to play with mind's eye.
How about Igo? 3000 years have passed since Igo started and 2000 years have passed since the 19x19 board Igo began. For the visually impaired, however, the 19x19 board is too wide to grasp the entire field.
We believe, from our 21 years' experience of 9x9 board Igo popularization, that this mini 19x19 board is the most suitable for Igo biginners and the visually impaired to understand and enjoy the Igo game.
That means mini Igo becomes a good tool to communicate between the visually impaired and unimpaired.
We hope the present 9x9 Igo players make efforts to promote spreading of mini Igo games to new faces.

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<Mar 2nd 2014>203

Flush News on Results of 12th Igo Contest at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute

Twenty two players participated in the contest held on Feeb. 22nd at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute, under the sponsership of Osaka Visually Impaired Wefare Center.
Cooperations were provided by Yukawa 9dan and Mr. Asae, Igo magazine editor, including Mr.Sefuji, Mr.Orihata and Mr. Nagatomi, Neyagawa instruction volunterrs.
   Champion  2nd rank  3rd rank  4th rank
 Dan class  K. Hayasida(Neyagawa)  G. Kadowaki(Neyagawa)  K. Ohata(Takatsuki)  Y. Takai(Takatsuki)
 Kyu class  M. Takada(Takatsuki)  A. Inaba(Neyagawa)  K. Yoshida (Kadoma)  M. Hinaga(Takatsuki)

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<Mar. 2nd 2014>202

Recent Igo Records by Champion Mr.Nakamaru Shown in This Page .

The records shown in this page are obtained from the games in 16th National Contest with Mr. M. Ymazaki, former champion, Mis. M.Takeuchi Third winner, and from the game in Ymanashi Prefecture with Mr.S.Saitoh, 6 dan of amateure.
The records will be useful for beginners as well as High class plyayers to learn Igo, though they are expressed in Japanese.
The explanations by Mr. Matsumura, Osaka Univercity of Commerse, wii be helpful to understand.

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<Feb. 2nd 2014> 201

Takatsuki Group made Igo-Exchanges with Hamuro Primary School in Takatsuki city

The exchanges between Takatsuki group and pupiles from Hamuro primary school was held on Jan. 30th at the school.
Twelve players from Takatushi group participated, including the cooperation volunteers and the instruction volunteers of Mr. Saiki and Mr.Shimokawa.
From Hamuro school side, eleven pupils (with two girls), Mr,Uno 2dan, teacher and two instrutor joined the games.
After the games, our menbers kindly instructed the Igo, as almost pupils are beginners.
Ay the end of exchanges, the principal joined for greeting and thanks. Hamuro menbers enjoyed the exchanges and appreciated for having such chances.
Mr.Hinaga of Takatsuki group gave us a report that they had a pleasant hours with the pupils.
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<Feb. 2nd 2014> 200

12th Igo Contest to be held on Feb. 22nd at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute

The games will be held from 10 a.m. to 16 p m at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare institute in Tennouji Osaka, where is covenient to access from the Tanimachi 9choume station of Subway Tanimachi line.
The contest is becoming familiar to the visually impaired people in the Kansai area. The qualified participants are the physically-challenged aged over 18.
From our Society, many players will join the games.
Persons who have free time can enjoy a tramp game called "hoist", which is played for demonstaration.
Please contact Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center.
Address: Ikutama Maemachi 5-25 tennnouji-ku Osaka Tel: 06-6772-1766
Note: Qualifications for participation are except residents Osaka city and Sakai city.

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<Jan 5th 2014> 199

 Igo Exchange between Takatsuki Member and Abusan Primary School

On Dec. 17th, five members of Takatsuki City, Mr.Shimokawa and Nr. Saiki, instruction volunteer, and,  Mr. Hirose and Mr. Nagaya,  cooperation volunteer performed Igo exchange games with 17 te pupils of Abusan Primary School in Takatsuki city. Three vokunteers from the school joined.
After 45 minutes' games, the pupils shared their feelings that they had good experiences and wanted to know more about Igo.
We believe that such exchange will be helpful to the pupils in their future life. We hope similar tries are tobe made and hallenged by other groups.

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<Jan, 5th 2014> 198
1st Yamanashi Igo Contest was Carried Out in Kofu City

The results of Yamanashi Igo Contest are informed, which was held in Kofu city on Dec. 7th, 2013.
The games were held among about 30 players with impaired sight and about 30 sighted persons, using Igo boards prepared and provided by our Society. The Meijin class was fought by 16 players with 5 dan and the  championship match was held between Mr. Sakata, 8 dan and Mr.Nakamaru, who lost the match.
The convention proved that Igo games could be performed and exchanged between the visually impaired and sighted persons. We believe the convention will be continued in the future.

 Resuls  Champion  2nd  3rd
 Meijin class  N. Sakata  S. Nakamaru  Y. Ohta
 Dan class  T. Tanaka  G. Saito  M. Mizushima
 Kyu class  H. Fukuda  A. Inaba  A. Shimizu

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<Dec 3rd 2013> 197

More Than A Dozen Players from Kansai Participating in Kanto Yamanashi Contest

On Dec. 7th(Sat), the 13th National Art and Culture Convention of the Phisically-Challenged is opened by the sponsership of the Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry and Yamanashi prefecture.
Simaltaneously, the first Igo Yamanashi convention by the visually impaired is opened.
From Kansai area of our society, more than a dozen players and five volunteers will participate in the convention. And about ten persons will join the meeting. This means this meeting will be the scale of the Kanasai area meeting.
The Igo meeting is based on the 9x9 board and the boards of our society are utilized.
The purpose of the meeting is that other than the visually impaired experience the 9x9 board Igo and undersatand everyone can enjoy to play with it.
We would like to support the meeting and expect the meeing to be continued.
You can know the information site of the Kanto Yamanashi Convention.
http://www.13geibunsai.net/news.html

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<Nov. 11th  2013 > 196

Flash News!  In 16th National Igo Contest, Mr. Nakamaru got the Third Championship!

On the 10th of November, the Contest was held at the University of Commerce in Higashi Osaka and Mr. S. Nakamru got the continued third championship.
This time, Miss M. takeuchi, 18 years of age, amateur 5 dan, challenged Mr.Nakamaru and had the game in her hands, but finally Mr. Nakamaru won the game with his good game management. However, she generated a buzz and gave us a good stimulus.
Followings are prize winners.

 Champion  2nd  3rd  Fighting
 Meijin  S, Nakamaru  M. Yamazaki  M. Takeuchi  G. Kadowaki
 High dan  T. Taniguchi  N. Kobayashi  H. Hayashi  I. Nakamura
 2 dan  F. Nakamura  K. Takahashi  N. tsujimoto  T. Hayashi
 Single A  A. Mitani  K. Watanabe  F. Tanaka  K. Mukai
 Single B  K. Ozaki  N. Yoshikawa  A. Inaba  T. Yamashita
High class   M. Takada  K. Ohta  H. Saho  S. Okita
 Middle class  T. Shimoda  M. Yamamoto  S. Wada  T. Sakai
 Primary  Y. Matsuda  Y. Mikuchi  H. Kui  K. Ohhashi

Followings are the record for the championship between Mr. Nakamaru and Miss Takeuchi

Black Mako Takeuchi (Komi 6.5)
White Satoshi Nakamaru
65 35 67 73 34 24 23 25 44 47
63 62 52 64 53 75 76 5566 54
45 46 56 74 72 82 61 86 87 96
58 78 48 38 88 22 33 13 32 49
92 93 81 91 36 37 92 68 77 91
84 85 92 83 94 57 97 91 89 71
62 81
(winning by Black's resignatin at 62nd)
You can see the above record by the goodshape of Taikai.

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<Nov. 1st 2013> 195

16th National Igo Contest(Nov. 10th), Mr.Nakamaru or Mr.Yamazaki?

The contest is coming next week. About 100 players and 50 volunteers of the visually impaired in Kinki areas, including the Deaf Support Osaka with impaired hearing and Toyonaka Aiwakai with physical impairment and  Heguri junior high school studennts with visually unimpaired.
The games are performed in 8 classes by more than 60 dan and single-kyu players and other players.
Can the 14 and 15th champion, Mr. Nakamaru get the continued 15th championship?
Or, can the 13th champion, Mr.Yamazaki revenge the two defeats?
A female Igo player from the blind school will make her debut at this contest. Will she become the new challenger to the championship?
Furthermore, 6 teachers from the school for the visually and aurally impaired, and 2 alumini of the school for the visully impaired will join the games. This time, an American 5 dan player will participate in the contest.
We hope the cooperation of the people concerned.

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<Oct. 2nd 2013> 194
Participants Requested for National Igo Contest on 10th Nov. and Kantou Igo Contest on 7th Dec.

The annual 16th National Igo Contest is held on 10th Nov. at Osaka University of Commmerce in HigashiOsaka. The closing date is 25th Oct..
On 2nd Dec., the first kanto Area Igo Contest is held at the Aimesse Yamanashi, Koufu city, Ymanashi Prefecute. The closong date is 22nd Nov..
Beginners and first participants are well supported, who can enjoy intercommunication with many groups and friends.
The participants are requsted to contact our office. The application sheet, guidance, accomodation and traffic etc. will be sent.

〒565-0853
Kasuga 4-11-4-205 Suita-shi Osaka-fu
Japan Igo Society for the Visually Impaired

Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715
fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp
http://www7.ocn.ne.jp/~sgo/

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<2nd Oct. 2013> 193

Many children Joined in Igo Experience Class at Suita City Museum

A special event was held under the thema of "Touch and Exciting Experience"at the Suita City Museum near the JR Suita station.
Touching is impotant for the visually impaired to provide judging sense. The Igo by 9x9 board will help the citizen to understand the visually impaired.
Takatsuki group paricipated in the event and played games with chilidren.
Despite the rain and the taifu wind, many people joined the event. In the afternoon, the mayor and the head of education board watched and played Igo games.
The exchange games were played among 20 children, 10 parents and 6 adults with fight and laugh.
We hope such an expeience classes are opened in other areas.

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<Sept. 2nd 2013> 192

Next Year, Igo Contest to be held  in Hyogo Prefecture

Mnay requests from welfaresocietys from Hyogo Prefecure and Kobe City arrived, asking to open the Igo contest in Hyogo.
Our Society has determined to join the contest by arranging judging persons, Igo players and Igo boards.
Igo player and instructors are recruited in Hyougo areas.
Please contact us.
(Person in charge: Mr.Miyano 06-6318-6278, Fax 06-6338-6715, mail: fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp).

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<Sept 2nd 2013> 191
Igo Contest in Koufu City on Dec.7th (Sat)

The contest in Kantou and Yamanashi wi  be held as one of the national event of art and cuture.
Igo plyer and supoortes will participate from the Kansai area.
This is the first time to hold the Igo contest in the Kanto area. Visiting there with your family is recommended.
Koufu is the best place to see the Mt. Fuji, World Cuture Treasure.
The Igo contest is hosted by Ymanashi Municipal Welfare Society for Visually Impaired and backed up by Japan Igo Society for Vsually Impaired. 
Place ; Ai-Mess Yamanashi, Ohtu-chou Koufu city
Date; Dec. 7th 2013, 10AM to 4PM 

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<Sept. 2nd 2013> 190

Igo Experience Class of Igo for the Visually Impaired at Suita City Museum

The class will be held on Sept. 15th, 13:00 to 16:00 at the Suita Museum, 2nd floor's Exposition Room.
Instruction members of Takatsuki city and Kyoto Lighthous and Igo clubs og schools will join the meeting.
Contact: Suita City Museum, Kishibe Kita 4-10-1 Suita city
TEL:06-6338-5500
FAX:06-6338-9886
e-mail:hakubutsukan@suita.ed.jp
HP address of Museum
http://www.suita.ed.jp/hak/riy/riy.html

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189<Sept. 2nd 2013> 189

Latest Igo Record by Mr. Nakamaru ,Champion of Our Society

The record is the game between Mr. Nakamar and Mr. Futamura, 6dan.
The Black: Mr.Nakamaru (Handicap,6.5stones)
The White: Mr. Futamura
Date: July 10th to Aug.9th 2013

44 56 65 66 36 63 55 76 46 58
53 83 75 85 48 78 72 73 62 82
81 49 39 38 59 47 37 49 84 74
48 52 57 42 86 94 87 23 33 22
32 31 43 61 24 13 96 77 88 89
68
(Finished at 51st stones by White's resignation)

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<Aug. 1st 2013> 188
Flash News ! Results of Sixth Igo Contest for Japan Light House Cup

On July 23rd (Tueseday), the annual Sixth Igo Contest of Kansai Area Visually Impaired was held at the Information and Cuture Center, Japan Light House, Higobashi, Osaka. The results are informed as flash news.
60 players, 20 volunteers and 10 related people gathered from Kansai area such as Osaka,Takatsuki, Hirakata, Sakai and Kobe. This was the largest participants in the past. The powerful games were fought among five classes. After the games were over, they shared their feelings on the games.
We express our appreciation to Japan Light House, instruction volunteers and helpers. We hope the meeting will be more enjoyable combining everyones power.
The resuts are as follows.

Results Yu-dan A Yu-dan B High Class Middle Class Beiginner's
Champion M.Yamazaki
8-dan
(Hirakata)
M.Nagake
3-dan
(Takatsuki)
K.Watanabe
8-kyu
(Kawachinagano)
K.Ohta
21-kyu
(Sumiyoshi)
M.Kubayashi
28-kyu
(Hirano)
Vice-champion T.Nakao
4-dan
(Sakai)
Y,Yoshii
1-dan
(Hirano)
T.Inoue
3-kyu
(Takatsuki)
T.Yamashita
10-kyu
(Hirano)
I.Ikesa
23-kyu
(Kobe)
Third Place N.Asano
4-dan
(Sakai)
M.Mizushima
2-dan
(Hirakata)
T.Hayashi
1-kyu
(Hirano)
T.Takiyama
18-kyu
(Kobe)
T.Sakai
23-kyu
(Kobe)
Fighting Spirit Prize I.Takayama
4-dan
(Hirano)
Y.Nakai
1-dan
(Nara)
N.Tsujimoto
1-kyu
(Hirano)
K.Nakatsuka
18-kyu
(Kadoma)
S.Wada
23-kyu
(Higashiosaka)

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<July 03 2013> 187

16th National Igo Contest to be held on 10th (Sunday) Nov.

The 16th National Igo Contest will be held on 10th (Sunday) Oct. in the Osaka University of Commerce in Higashi Osaka City.
We are pleased to have the 16th Contest, thanks to all persons related, in addition to the Contest on 3rd Mar. sponsored by Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Inatitute, and the Contest scheduled to be held on 23rd July by Japan Light House
This year, Igo classes, rooms, training courses etc. have been  already realized in various places and many people have joined them.
Many newcomers from all over the Japan are expected for the 16th Contest. We hope everyone does his best and cooperates to enjoy exchanges.
The details will be later informed.

Please contact Mr.Miyano for information.
Igo Society for the Visually Impaired. Office Manger Miyano.
〒565-0853 Suita-city Kasuga 4-11-4-205 Osaka prefecture
Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715 fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp

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<June 3rd 2013> 186

Kyoto Lighthouse Opens Saturday Igo Classroom (Prticipation Requsted)

The Lightouse used to open Igo classrooms on weekdays. However, for working people and inconvenient persons for weekdays, the house started Igo classrooms on weekends.
Under the corporation from Mr. Yamamaoto, house director, Mr. Yoshikawa, visually impaired, and Mr. Kikuzawa, a volunteer, are making efforts to form a new Igo classroom open for anyone with or without visual impairment, and with physical impairment.
With present eleven participants, they are making Igo textbooks, preparing standard Igo boards, collecting contributions for facility expenses and calling for participation in the National Igo Contest.
We expect their activities from now on.(cgi under test)

Information on Igo Classroom in Kyoto Lighthouse

Igo Circle, Hananobo, 5th regular meeting
Date: June 15 (Sat), 13:3-2 hours
Place: Kyoto Lighthouse, B1F, No.3 Training room

An universal Igo circle is opened on third Saturday afternoon, every month, where the participants can enjoy Igo without considering handicap.
Persons who are interested in Igo are requested to join them. 100 Yen is to be chipped in.
Schedule:
5th meeting, June 15th(sat) 13:30
6th meeting, July 20th 13:30
7th meeting, Aug. 17(Sat) 13:30(No.1 training room)
Contact: Social Welfare Corporation, Kyoto Lighthouse
〒603-8302 Kitaku Shibano Hanaobomachi 11 kyoto
Tel 075-462-4400/Fax  075-462-4402  info@kyoto-lighthouse.or.jp; 


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<May 3rd 2013> 185

Igo Club started at the Welfare Hall of Kawasaki City for the Phisically Impaired

The Communication that the Wekfare Hall of Kawasaki City for the Phisically Impaired (Director;Mr.Masashi Watanabe) was intended to start the Igo Club for the visually impaired has arrived to us.
Our Society presented three sets of boards and stones with the related textbooks.
We informed that the nine-line Igo could be enjoyed by the physically impaired as well as by the visually impaired. They are going to widely use the sets for them.
Our Society plans to support them to be able to exchange Igo among Kantoh area.
 
Contact; Wekfare Hall of Kawasaki City(Northern area) for the Phisically Impaired
Address: Mzoguchi 1-18-16 Takatsu-ku, Kawasaki City
Tel; 044-811-6630(Mr.Watanabe,director)
Fax;044-811-6517

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<Apr.2nd 2013> 184

Sixth Igo Meeting by Visually Impaired in Kansai Area to be held on July 23rd(Tuesday)

The meeting will be held at the Information and Culture Center of Japan Light House in Nishiku Hogobashi, Osaka.
The players will join frm Hyougo,Nara, and all around Japan, as well as Osaka area.
The Center is located near the subway station and convenient to visit. You are requested to participatein and enjoy the meeting.
Any questions shall be sent to the followings.

Place: Japan Light House, Information and Cuture Center Osaka-shi Nishi-ku.
Date: July 23rd (Tuesday) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
Traffic: Subway , close to Higobashi station, five min. frm Midousuji Nakanoshima and Keihan Yodoyabashi.
Contact Tel 06-6441-0015

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<Mar. 2nd 2013> 183

Flash News! Results of 11th Meeting at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center

The games were held on Mar. 2nd at the Center in Tennouji, Osaka. The meeting was sponsored by Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Inatitute.
30 players from the Osaka area such as Takatsuki, Neyagawa and Hirakata fought in separate groups of dan and kyu classes for the champion at the meeting in tournament play.
The meeting was characterized that female players showed the strong power.
The results are as follows:

Dan class
First : Ken Hayashida, 7 dan (Neyagawa)
Second : Gensei Kadowaki, 6 dan (Neyagawa)
Third : Asao Mukai, 2 dan (Kawachinagano)
Fourth : Akiyo Mitani, 3 kyu (daitoh)

Kyu class
First : Akemi Inaba, 10 kyu (Neyagawa)
Second : Kunio Watanabe, 8 kyu (Kawachinagano)
Third : Chieko Senda, 8 kyu (Takatsuki)
Foruth : Goroh Satake, 6 kyu (Neyagawa)

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<Feb. 2nd 2013> 182

Takatsuki Group deepened Exchanges with Takatsuki Primary School in Takatsuki city

The exchanges between Takatsuki group and pupiles from Hamuro primary school have stopped due to Igo Volunteer, Mr. Aki's illness.
According to the request to reopen the Igo exchange, the games were arranged and held on Jan, 31st at the school.
Under the participation of six players from Takatushi group and Hamuro school respectively, two teachers, five parents and three Igo volunteers (Mr. Shimokawa of Takatsuki group), two games were held.
During games, all pupils of 4th grade classes visited the game room and observed the games. we believe this will be helpful to them in future years.
We recommend you to challenge such a exchange with pupils of primary and middle scholls.
Mr. Aki is getting better, up and around on a wheel chair.

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< Jan. 5th 2013 > 181

11th Igo Contest to be held on March 1stat the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute

The games will be held from 10 a.m. to 16 p m at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare institute in Tennouji Osaka, where is covenient to access from the Tanimachi 9choume station of Subway Tanimachi line.
The contest is becoming familiar to the visually impaired people in the Kansai area.
Participants are requested to challenge the Igo games.
Persons who have free time can enjoy a tramp game called "hoist", which is limited to Center's members
Please contact Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center.
Address: Ikutama Maemachi 5-25 tennnouji-ku Osaka Tel: 06-6772-1766

Note: Qualifications for participation, Residents of Osaka Prefecure,exckuding Osaka city and Sakai city, who have the note of disabled persons with over 18 years of age.

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<Dec 1st 2012> 180

Mr. Saho, Champion of High Class Kyu in 15th National Igo Contest, on Article of Hokkaido Shinbun

Mr.H. Saho made four consecutive wins at 15th National Igo Contest and got the championship.
He was posted on an article of Hokkaido Shinbun as of Nov. 27th, as he was the first person to get the champion of visually impaired Igo players.
He lives in Ebetsu city in Hokkaido and is making practice in an Igo club in Sapporo city to promote his igo level.
The article is shown in the followig page.

http://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/news/sapporo/422629.html
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<Nov. 14th 2012> 179

Flash News! Results of 15th National Igo Contest--Nakamaru 8dan Got Champion for Two Years in a Row

On the 11th of November, the Contest was held at the University of Commerce in Higashi Osaka and 150 participants including players and related people joined from Kinki area, Hokkaido, Miyagi, Tokyo, Yamanashi and Ehime.
The games were performed in seven classes according to Igo ability. The prizes were presented by our Representative, Yukawa 9dan.
Followings are prize winners.

Ranking
Class Champion Vice-Champion Third Class Fighting Spirits
Meijin S. Nakamaru M. Yamazaki H. Nakano H. Kanou
8dan - 5dan Tokyo Hirakata Takatsuki   Hirano
High class dan J. Suzuki T. Hirose T. Taniguchi M. Ohmae
4dan - 2dan Tokyo Takatsuki  Miyagi wakayama
Higher 2dan T. Itoh M. Nagataku S. Nakanishi A. Mukai
2dan - 1dan Deaf-supportOsaka Takatsuki Toyonaka Kawachinagano
Single S. Takanashi F. Tanaka G. Satake Y. Yasui
1kyu - 8kyu Heguri Kobe Neyagawa Hirano
High class kyu H. Saho K. Watanabe Y. Fujimura Hi. Kayukawa
9kyu - 15kyu Hokkaido Kawachinagano Heguri Kadoma
Middle class kyu K. Yokoyama T. Takiyama H. Shimoyama M. Komuro
17kyu - 24kyu Kadoma Kobe Hirano Hirano
Primary class K. Ohta T. Yokomi T. Sakai I. Ikeda
25kyu - 30kyu Hirano Kobe Kobe kobe
Letter of Appreciation for Long Years Efforts K. Tominaga E. Sugwara
Hirakata Tokyo


Kifu Records between Mr. M. Yamazaki 7dan (Hirakata) and Mr. S. Nakamaru 8dan (Tokyo)
for championship at 15th National Contest

 
Black : Yamazaki with 6.5stones Komi
White ; Nakamaru

 Black 1st  :66 44 45 35 54 36 43 34 53 85
 
Black 11th :75 86 84 77 67 94 83 68 58 78
 
Black 21st :33 47 48 38 57 23 22 14 46 37
 
Black 31st :39 29 69 79 88 98 97 89 99 49
 
Black 41st :59 98 24 25 99 76 98 65 39 55
 Finished at 50th stone with Black Resignation

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<Nov. 6the 2012> 178

Meeting with Board Members of Bay Area Go Players Association

In the middle of October, a mail was sent to us from Mr. Roger Schrag, president of Bay Area Go Players Association, one of the largest go clubs in the United States. According the mail, he is visually impaired, but he has enough vision to play go on a regular board. He has some blind friends who are interested in learning to play go, and he is looking for a 9x9 go set for the blind.

Thanks to kind arrangement by Mr. Mamoru Matumoto(http://www.facebook.com/mamoru.matsumoto), we, Mr. Miyano and Mr.Fukuda could see and talk with Mr.Roger and Mrs.Lisa Shrag in Takatsuki.
We explained that anyone of the visually impaired could understand Igo with imagination and can easily play games. Our request to make 9*9 Igo be prevailed in the States is accepted by him. We expect future progress of Igo in the States.

Following is the text uploaded in the homepage of Bay Area Go Players Association.

Blind People Play Go


meeting at the home of Mr.Matsumoto Bay Area Go Players Association board members Roger and Lisa Schrag recently met with Mr. Fumio Miyano (second from right in photo) of the Japan Go Society for the Visually Impaired in Osaka, Japan. The Society produces special 9x9 and 19x19 go sets and Braille go books so that blind and visually impaired people can play go. Black and white stones can be differentiated by feel, grid lines are raised, and the stones fit into holes in the board so that they will not move when a player touches them to read the board position.

The Japan Go Society for the Visually Impaired also hosts an annual international go tournament for blind players. There are some strong go players out there who are blind. Nakamaru Hitoshi of Japan and Song Jung-taek of Korea, for example, each are rated at 5 dan.

The Society has provided Bay Area Go with a special 9x9 go set and Braille go materials. So if you have a blind friend interested in learning to play go, we now have the necessary equipment here in the Bay Area. Contact us for details and to make arrangements.

Until next time!

Roger Schrag
Bay Area Go Players Association
www.bayareago.org


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<Oct 1st 2012> 177

Closing date is 20th Oct. for 15th National Igo Contest

Participants are recruited. Anyone with hig class or low class can join the contest. Participation fee is free.
As the games are played on the 9x9 board according to player's ranking, either veterans or amateurs can join the games.
Every one has a chance to get a glittering? prize.
However the players, in the contest, must announce the position of the stone which is put on the board.
Details and application sheet will be sent. deadline is 20th Dec.
(Person in charge: Mr.Miyano 06-6318-6278, Fax 06-6338-6715, mail: fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp).

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<Sept. 14th 2012> 176

Igo Record between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr.Yamazaki by Mail

The game was played between the present and former champions, from June 30th toJuly 12th,2012.
Only the record is shown here. You can enjoy the record on the board from thfrom this record page, game number 151.
The comments by Mr. Matsumura is not uploaded, which ca be read on the this record page in Japanese.

44 57 56 66 65 75 55 47 76 67
74 85 84 35 34 25 46 36 37 27
77 78 86 87 95 23 24 14 33 22
88 89 98 51 32 31 21 11 13 12
42 41 68 38 72 71 62 61 82 81
58 48 79 59 92 15 52 13
The game was over at 58th stone with Black's win by 2.5stones.

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<Sept 3rd 2012> 175

Igo Club Started at Osaka Branch of JRPS

An Igo club with 10 players was established at the Osaka Branch Office of JRPS, abbrev. of Japanese Retinitis Pigmentosa Socity. There are the previous champion and dan-players who are recruiting members and managing Igo class with instructions. The club is expected to participate in Igo competition and exchange meetings. If you are interested in the club, please contact the Osaka Branch Office.

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<Aug. 4th 2012> 174

Participants being Invited to National Igo Contest on 11th Nov. (by Igo class, with no Fee)

Participants with or without Igo abilities are welcome. As the games are played on the 9x9 board without participation fee, according to player's ranking, either veterans or amateurs can join the games and have a chance toget glittering? prize. However the players, in the contest, must announce the position of the stone which is put on the board.
Participants from a distance can use the accommodation facility with discount, which is arranged at the reception.
Guide volunteers can be arranged if requsted. Please contact the office of our Society for applications and questions
Details and application sheet will be sent. deadline is 20th Oct.
(Person in charge: Mr.Miyano 06-6318-6278, Fax 06-6338-6715, mail: fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp).

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<July 8th 2012> 173

Flash News! Results of Fifth Igo Contest for Japan Light House Cup

On july 3rd under heavy rain, a total of 60 players gathered for the igo meeting at the Information and Cultue Center, Osaka Higobashi.
Mr. Kanou is the first champion in the dan class. Congratulations!
8 players are first-time participants, showing high common interest.
The resuts are as follows.

Results Yu-dan A Yu-dan B High Class Middle Class Beiginner's
Champion Kanou
4-dan
Mizunuma
1-dan
Tsujimoto
4-kyu
Watanabe
23-kyu
Yamamoto
28-kyu
Vice-champion Kadowaki
5-dan
Tsuneki
1-dan
Nonaka
8-kyu
Inaba
13-kyu
Kubayashi
30-kyu
Third Place Nakano
6-dan
Nakao
3-dan
Morita
2-kyu
Yokoyama
23-kyu
Ohta
30-kyu
Fighting Spirit Prize Hayashida
7-dan
Nagake
2-dan
Hayashi
3-kyu
Tajiyama
21-kyu
Yokomi
27-kyu

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<July 2nd 2012> 172

15th National Igo Contest on 11th Nov. at Osaka University of Commerce, Higashi-Osaka

Details of the Contest will be later informed. Your cooperation is appreciated.

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<July 2nd 2012> 171

Igo Record by Mail between Mr. Nakamaru and Former Champion, Mr. Yamazaki

The record is introduced here and on this home page(Nakamaru's Igo records 4. No.150) for your reference.
The comments by Mr. Matsumura, Osaka University of Commerce are also shown.
The Black : Mr.Nakamaru with a handicap of 6.5 stones. The White : Mr.Yamazaki
Game date from June 4th to 12th 2012

43 66 46 63 67 76 77 36 56 37
74 64 73 44 65 34 62 52 72 53
51 41 61 42 48 38 59 47 57 55
75 45 39 29 49 28
(The game is over at 36th stone. The White won by 0.5 stone.)

Comments by Mr.Matsumura
Black should have made a 2-step hane of B35,W25 and B24 before the invasion of B74.
White must follow by W34,B45 and W23 and then Black puts B74.
Then, W34 and B84 will make White in danger.
Even if White can escape, Black can catch two white stones by cut of B26 and stay in lead.

In the game, the connection of B72(19th stone) was the cause of game loss.
The 19th can block White at B42. White can not cut at W72 as Black puts at B54.
White can temporarily make W55 effective,but can not fight for the connection of B75.
Black can stay in lead by putting B42 at the connection of B72.

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<June 2nd 2012> 170

Fifth Igo Contest to be held on July 3rd in Higobashi, Osaka

The Igo meeting is held on 3rd (Tuesday) July at the information and Culture Center of the Japan Light House.
Many Igo lovers including visitors from Fukuoka and Tokyo join the meeting and play games.
Being visually impaired or not, Igo ability level and belonging area are not questioned.
Participants can try each skill and enjoy local exchange.
Anyone who is going to join, please contact the Center Office.

The meeting is planned and managed by the visually impaired circles.

Date: July 3rd (Tuesday) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reception starting time 9:30.
Place: Japan Light House, Information and Cuture Center, 4th floor. Osaka-shi Nishi-ku.
Participation fee :500Yen
Please contact, Mr.Hiroyuki Nakano, Tel 06-6322-8028

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<May 2nd 2012> 169

Igo Club of Our Society to be Introduced on NHK E-TV at 12:00 to 12:30 on May 6th(Sun)

The introduction of the Igo Club belonging to the Society will be made in the program of Igo Focus.
They visit the Igo Club in Koufu-city, Ymanasi^pref. and broadcast the life of impaired people living a forward-looking life.
Your watchng the program is appreciated.

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<Apr.3rd 2012> 168

Members recruited for Igo Club, Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center

The Igo Club in Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center has been opened again, after the temporary recess due to Mr. Hayakawa 's retirement.
In response to requests from the members, we asked Mr. Asae, editor of the Igo magazine, Ryouzanpaku, and former person in charge of Igo program of Japan Welfare Broadcast Station, for his support. Mr. Asae gave willing consent to this request
The Igo Club started again in March this year, including ten members. The club is received well, thanks to his popular topics and various teaching ways.
The members are being recruited. Anyone from Osaka-fu, who is interested in learning 9x9 board Igo is welcome.
The Igo Club is open from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

Please contact us, Tel 06-6338-6715, att; Mr.Miyano. Japan Igo Association for Visually Impaired

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<Mar 3rd 2012> 167

Sentences are written, sent and searched by voice order


NTT docomo has started free of charge services of "talk and concierge",which are enable to write, send, and search sentennces, and to call the functions by talking to the portable phone. Only to do is to talk to the phone once the free software is loaded. For example, if you talk to the phone, "I want to to send a mail to someone, the mail senntennce will be be automatically displayed on the screen and the body senntennce can be recorded by your voice. Retrieval of images and guidance on transferring tickets can be made only by talking. Docomo's smartphone, which is loaded with Android application (Googl's, basic software) is needed to utilize these finctions.(Asahi Shinbun Feb. 29th 2012)
This is a good newes for our members, who can not read Braille letters and are using IBM's reading software. Please contact NTTdocom, 0120-800-000.

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<Feb. 8th 2012> 166

Flash News! Results of 10th Meeting at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center

The games were held on Feb. 3rd at the Center in Tennouji, Osaka. The meeting was sponsored by Osaka Visually Impaired Institute.
21players, separating in two groups, fought for the champion at the meeting in the tournament play .
The representaive of our society, Mr Mitsuhisa Yukawa, 9dan, performed instruction games with multiple players.
The instructors from Neyagawa and Kadoma, Mr. Setoh, Mr. Orihata, Mr. Nagatomi, joined to judge the games.
Mr.Asae, Editor of Igo Magazine, Ryouzanpaku, also participated the meeting, who talked about Igo lessons at the center.

The meeting results are as follows;

A group (9 players) 
First: Gensei Kadowaki (Neyagawa)
Second: Tadaaki Nakamura (Takatsuki)
Third: Asao Mukai (Kawachinagano)
Fourth: Youichi Nakai (Takatsuki)
   
B group (12 players)
First: Akiyo Mitani (Daitoh) 
Second: Akemi Inaba (Neyagawa)  
Third: Masako Hinaga (Takatsuhki)  
Fourth: Sachiko Iwanaga (Neyagawa)

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<Jan.14th 2012> 165

10th Meeting to be held on Feb. 3rd at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute

The games will be held at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare institute in Tennouji Osaka on Feb. 3rd.
Participants will play games according to their igo ability. Instruction games wii be performed by Yukawa 9-dan (professional).
Judgements will be made by Mr. Yukawa, Mr. Sedou and Mr. Orihata, who are our Neyagawa and Kadoma instructors.
Persons who have free time can enjoy a tramp game called "hoist", which is limited to Center's members
Please contact Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center.
Address: Ikutama Maemachi 5-25 tennnouji-ku Osaka Tel: 06-6772-1766

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<Jan. 5th 2012> 164

A happy New Year! We wish your continued cooperation and assistance

Last year, 100 players gathered for the 14th National Igo Contest, including the visually impaired, non-impaired, hearing impaired and seriously disabled. They played Igo on the 9*9 board without handicap.
Furthermore, new Igo clubs and rooms were established under our assistance in Kawachi-nagano city, Kobe city, Hiratsuka city, Kawasaki city, the Blind School in Okayama, and Higasi Primary School in Itoigawa.
In Takatsuki city, Igo exchanges among three primary schools have been continuing for 10 years.
We are going to continue such assistance for clubs and activities and to enhance the Contest.
Your continued instruction and assistance are requested.

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<Dec. 5th 2011> 163

Pleasant Igo Exchanges with Three Primary Schools of Takatsuki in Nov.

In November, Igo exchange games were held with pupils from three primary schools (Wakamatsu, Hamuro, Abusan) in Takatsuki. The exchange started ten years ago.
Ten players from our Takatsuki group played with 6 pupils from Wakamatsu Primary School on Nov. 2nd, with 14 pupils from Abusan Primary Schools on Nov. 15th, and 18 pupils from Hamuro primary School on Nov. 24th. after school hours, using Igo boards of our Society.
The Takatsuki group passed the busy month, holding the contest in Takatsuki on 12th and the national contest on 13th Nov..
They were appreciated from the teachers and requested to have a continued exchange.

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<Nov. 14th 2011> 162

Mr. Nakamaru Got Japan Title, Holding Two Titles of World and Japan

The National Igo Contest was held according to classes at the Osaka University of Commerce on Nov. 13th.
In the Meijin class, last year's Japan champion, Mr. Yamazaki and World champion, Mr. Nakamaru played the game for this year's champion, and Mr. Nakamaru got the Japan champion.
The games were played among the participants from all around the Japan without handicaps of visual, hearing and bodily disabilities .
The representative of our society, Mr. Yukawa, 9 dan, played games together with more than self-confident 20 players, giving them enjoyable time.
We thank all instructors, volunteers, guide helpers and the University members for their supports and cooperation.
The record of champion games is as follows and you can watch the record on the board.
Black: Mr. Yamazaki (6 dan)
White: Mr. Nakamaru (9 dan)
56 53 36 34 75 77 68 85 84 86
74 67 57 78 43 44 33 23 22 24
52 62 42 64 55 54 73 63 12 65
66 76 72 61 71 82 94 95 25 41
14 81 (resignation)

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<Nov. 2nd 2011>161

110 players from around Japan participate in National Igo Contest

The contest will be held at the Osaka University of Commerce on Nov. 13th.
Registration was closed at the end of October.
110 players include 35 players with dan and 34 players with single kyu, which means they are occupying 60 percent of players.
Players with hearing disability communicate in sign language. Players with severe physical disorder indicate points with pencil tip held in his mouth, asking assistance by helpers.
The features of the contest are such that games are played according to Igo-ability only, regardless of impaired or unimpaired
Our society is assisting and helping to establish a new Igo club all around Japan. Please contact us.

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<Oct. 3rd 2011> 160

Participants being Invited to National Igo Contest on 13th Nov. (Deadline 25th Dec.)

The 14th National Igo contest is held on 13th Nov. at the Osaka University of Commerce (Higashi-Osaka city), which is hosted by our Society.
Participants other than Igo groups and schools belonging to our Society are also welcome. Furthermore, any igo-players and groups can join the contest. As the games at the contest are played on the 9*9 board according to player's ranking, either veterans or amateurs can join the games. However the players, in the contest, must announce the position of the stone which is put on the board.
Participants from a distance can use the accommodation facility with 30% discount, which is arranged at the reception.
Please contact the office of our Society for applications and questions (Person in charge: Mr.Mayan 06-6318-6278).

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<Sept. 3rd 2011>159

Results of 4th Kansai Igo Contest (Nihon Lighthouse Cup) and Names of the Promoted.

The Contest was held on 26th July at the Information and Culture Center.
The results are as follows;

Dan-class
Champion: H. .Nkano(6 dan, Takatsuki)
Second: S. Hirose(3 dan, Takatsuki)
Third: M. Yamazaki(6 dan, Hirakata)
Fighting spirit: G. Kadowaki(5-dan, Neyagawa)

Upper class
Champion: Y. Yasui(3 kyuu, Hirano)
Second: A. Mitani(5 kyuu, Neyagawa)
Third: M. Morita(5 kyuu, Neyagawa)
Fightin spirit: T. Inoue(5 kyuu, Takatsuki)

Middle class
Champion: H. Imai(15 kyuu, Hirano)
Second: A. Inaba(15 kyuu, Neyagawa)
Third: M. Hatanaka(13 kyuu, Hirano)
Fightin spirit: K. Nakatsuka(19 kyuu, Hirano)

Primary class
Champion: C.Yamazaki(22 kyuu, Hirano)
Second: M.Komuro(23 kyuu, Hirano)
Third: H. Shimoyama(22 kyuu, Hirano)
Fightin spirit: H. Nakajima(30 kyuu, Kobe)

The following plyers were promoted;
Dan class; S. Hirose8Takatsuki) 3dan to 4dan
Upper class; Y. Yasui(Hirano) 3kyuu to 2kyuu, M. Morita(Neyagawa) 5kyuu to 4kyuu
Middle class; H. Imai(Hirano) 15kyuu to 13kyuu, A. Inaba(Neyagawa) 15kyuu to 14kyuu
Primary class; C. Yamazaki(Hirano) 22 to 19, H. Simoyama(Hirano)22 to 20,
M. Komuro(Hirano)23 to 20, I. Ikeda(Kobe928 to 27, H. Shimao(Sayama)28 to 27,
H. Nakajima(Kobe)30 to 26, K. Yokoyama(Johtoh)30 to 28, T. Yokomi(Kobe)30 to 28

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<Aug. 1st 2011> 158

14th National Igo Contest to be held on Nov. 13th at the Osaka University of Commerce

The contest of the Visually impaired will be held as usual at the university in Higashi-Osaka city.
This year, new clubs were established in blind schools of Okayama city and Niigata city, and in institutes in Hiratsuka city,Kawachi-Nagano city and Kobe city.
It is requested for all menbers being engaged in Igo activities to join the contest.
The details on application etc. wii be informed later.

Please contact Mr.Miyano for information.Igo
Society for the Visually Impaired. Office Manger Miyano.
〒565-0853 Suita-city Kasuga 4-11-4-205 Osaka prefecture
Tel:06-6318-6278 Fax:06-6338-6715 fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp

P.S.
The 4th contest among the visually impaired in the Kansai area was held in happy harmony at Japan Light House.

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<July 1st 2011> 157

Igo Club Starts at Visually Impaired Welfare Institute in kobe City

An Igo Club has been established at the Welfare Institute for Visually Impaired in Kobe City by ten Igo devotees.
They have started activity at the Integral Welfare Center in Tachibna, Central Area, Kobe City.
Igo clubs were established in Kobe and Amagasaki, when our Society was founded.
However, they have stopped activity due to Kobe earthquake(17th Jan. 1995).
Restarting the Kobe Igo Club is in the fullness of our heart. Your assistance and cooperation are requested.
Details wii be informed later.

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<June 17th 2011>156

Igo Club Starts at Welfare Institute in Kawachi-Nagano, Osaka

An Igo Club has started at the Welfare Institute for Visually Impaired in Kawachi-Nagano City, Osaka.
The activity has already begun with participation of six members. Two visually impaired who have Igo experience join the activity.
Their success is expected. Any parson who is living in Kawachi-Nagano an interested in the club is requested to contact Mr.Miyano, Tel. 06-6318-6278.

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<June 16th 2011> 155

New Movement Support System to be introduced for Visually Impaired

The New Movement Support System will be introduced at Osaka Universal City Station on June 27th (Monday).
The system, which was developed by the cooperation of NTT Nishinihon and NEC, will be presented at the 13th floor of Wakoh Building in the Universal City. The pedestrian keeps a camera on the eyeglass and the support center will guide the pedestrian using the camera.
For the participation, the registration in advance is needed. Please refer to the ACT Forum.
  http://www.actforum.org/wayfindingsig/index.html

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<June 1st 2011> 154

Igo Contest to be held at Information and Culture Center at Higobashi, on 26th July

The Igo meeting wii be planned and managed by the visually impaired circles.
Many Igo lovers join the meeting and play games, separating in dan, high class, middle class and beginners.
We hope successful results by participants .Anyone who is going to join, please contact the Center Office.

Date: July 26th (Tuesday) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: Japan Light House, Information and Cuture Center, Osaka-shi Nishi-ku tel
Please contact, 06-6441-0015

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<May 19th 2011> 153

Igo Club Established and Instruction Started at Okayama Prefectural Blind School

A teacher who knows Igo games established the Igo club and started to teach Igo, as there is no such club.
He plans to introduce Igo by touching Igo stones and boards and by explaining the igo rules.
We hope his challenge is to be continued and to be achieved. We are going to assist him from our heart.

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<May 12th 2011> 152

Nine Board Igo Lecture opens for the Visually Impaired in Hiratsuka City, Kanagawa

The Social Welfare Council in Hiratsuka City in kanagawa Prefecture will open the nine board Igo Lecture in May or June this year.
There are many Igo fans in Kanagawa Prefecture, but the visually impaired have not played igo games before. The Social Welfare Council is responding the earnest request from them.
Our society has much experience for spreding the mini-go games and is holding dan-players more than sixty.
We are ready to provide information how to enjoy Igo games and to play exchange games.
The groups or persons interested in instructing Igo games to the visually impaired are requested to contact us.

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<Apr. 26th 2011> 151

New Game Records between World Champion Mr. Nakamaru and Present Japan Champion Mr. Yamazaki

Recently 9 board Igo players have increased among the visually unimpaired and the partially sighted.
Mr. Yamazaki is one of such Igo players, who recently won the championship at the Igo convention sponsored by our society.
The Igo games were held between Mr. Yamazaki and Mr. Nakamaru, who is the last year world champion.
You can see the Igo records in this home page (the game number 146 and 147) with the comments in Japanese by Mr.Matsumura, Osaka University of Commerce.

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<Apr. 1st 2011> 150

Primary School in Niigata Opens First-ever Igo Club for Visually Imparied

A primary school at Itoigawa city in Niigata prefecture will open an igo club for the visually impaiered pupils for the first time.

Our society, since its foundation, has held the National Igo contest, organaizing Igo players of society members from welfare centers and Igo players of students from blind schools.

Recently, many pupils are studying in ordinary schools. In one of such schools, a 9x9 board Igo ckub will start so that pupils with impaired vision and healthy vision can play the games.This activity will be a new communication means between the ordinary pupils and the visually injiured, passing the casual life.

The school that has such Igo activity plan is requeted to contact our society. We are ready to assist the school.
Tel: 06-6318-6278
Fax:06-6338-6715

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<Mar. 1st 2011> 149

Flash newes! Results of Igo Meeting at the Osaka Visually impaired Welfare Institute

18 players, separating in two groups, fought for the champion at the meeting in turnament play .
The representaive of our society, Mr Mitsuhisa Yukawa, 9dan, and the instructors from Neyagawa, Mr.Sedoh and mr. Orihata joined the meeting for judgement and instruction.

The results are as follows;

A group (yudan player) 
First: Ken Hayasida (Neyagawa)
Second: Youichi Nakai (Takatsuki)
Third: Yosihiyuki Takai (Takatsuhki)
Fourth: Asao Mukai (Kawachinagano)
   
B group(Uppaer and middle class)
First: Akiyo Mitani (Daitoh) 
Second: Goroh Satake (Neyagawa)  
Third: Toyoe Inoue (Takatsuhki)  
Fourth: Katsumi Nakatsuka (Kadoma) )

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<Feb. 1st 2011> 148

Igo Meeting to be held on Feb. 25th at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Instituter

The games will be held at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare institute in Tennnouji Osaka.
Participants from 29 cities, towns and villages will join the meeting under some classifications.
Othelo games and Japanses Chess will be held.
Please contact Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center.
Address: Ikutama Maemachi 5-25 tennnouji-ku Osaka Tel: 06-6772-1766

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<Jan. 1st 2011> 147

A Happy New Year !

We are starting 19th year since the establishment of our society.
This year, with new setiment we are going to assist and support the formation of igo clubs and groups in Japan as well as in overseas groups.
Your cooperation and supoorts are strongly requested.

office: Japan Igo Association for Visually Impared

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<Nov. 17th 2009> 146

Champions at 13th National Igo Contest on 28th Nov.

100 players and 50 volunteers participated in the contes held in the Osaka University of Commerce.
The players consisted of 3 blind schools, 13 club teams from welfare centers etc and personal participants.
They came from Hokkaidou,Tokyou and Ehime. Players from Yamanashi and Tokusihima joined the game by telephon.
The games were contested by seven classes.

The champions of each class are as follows;
Meijin class(7dan to 3dan) : Mr. Morio Yamazaki
Yudan class(3dan to 1dan) : Isamu Takayama
Single A class(2kyu to 5kyu) : Mr.Katsuyuki Takahashi
Single B class(5kyu to 'kyu) : Mr. Jiro Yasuda
Upper class(8kyu to 18kyu) : Mr. Rintarou Nakase
Middle class(19kyu to 25kyu) : Mrs. Akemi Inaba
Beginner class(26kyu to 30kyu) : Mrs. Satoshi Miki

The world Igo title match was held between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr. Son. And Mr. Nakamaru won the game.

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<Nov. 2nd 2010> 145

Deadline is Dec. 10th for 13th National Igo Contest

The meeting will be held at the Osaka University of Commerce, in Higashi-Osaka city.
Players from many places of Japan will join the contest.
Exchanges through Igo will be deepened with physical handicap and hearing-impaired.
Details on the contest and application sheets will be publicised .
Anyone who does not belong to our society can participated the contest.
Participation is free. Please contact us.

Date: Nov. 28th 2010 Sunday PM 12:00 to 16:30
Place: Osaka University of Commerce
Access: Kintetsu-Nara Line, KawachiKosaka Station (five minutes on foot)
Information: Tel 06-6358-7069(Office Mr.Miyano)

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<Oct. 1st 2010> 144

Mr. Mitsuhisa Yukawa with societal expectation Assumed our Representative

Mr.Mitsuhisa Yukawa, 9 Dan, assumed the representative of our society as of Oct. 1st on the date of 18th anniversary date of our society.
He has started the instruction of Igo for the viusally impared as an instructor in the Sakai-city group twice a month, and he still continues the instruction.
His activities for our society are respected in spite of daily severe professional igo life. He is suited for our representaive due to his heartful and moderan igo style.
We welcome his assumption of office and ask your cooperation and assistance to the society.

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<Sept. 1st 2010> 143

Igo and Sudoku under Instruction in Japan Braille Library, Tokyo

The 9x9 Igo board is used to play Sudoku in Japan braille Library in Sinjuku,Tokyo, which is considered to be suitble for the visually impaired. Sudoku is a kind of pencil game.
Sudoku is to put figures of 1-9 in 3x3 blocks of Igo board without putting same figures in the same blocks.
Igo boards of our Society match to play Sudoku.
Anyone who is interested in Igo and Sudoku can contact the library to get the information.
Japan Braille Library
Takadanobaba, 1-23-4, Sinjuku,Tokyo Tel : 03-3209-0241

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<Aug 2nd 2010> 142

13th National Igo Contest to be held on Nov. 28th (Sun)

The meeting will be held at the Osaka University of Commerce, in Higashi-Osaka city.
Players from many places of Japan will join the contest.
Exchanges through Igo will be deepened with physical handicap and hearing-impaired.
Details on the contest and application sheets will be publicised .
Anyone who does not belong to our society can participated the contest.
Participation is free. Please contact us.

Date: Nov. 28th 2010 Sunday PM 12:00 to 16:30
Place: Osaka University of Commerce
Access: Kintetsu-Nara Line, KawachiKosaka Station (five minutes on foot)
Information: Tel 06-6358-7069(Office Mr.Miyano)

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<July 23rd 2010> 141

Flash News ! Results of Japan Light House Cup (Mini-Igo Meeting) on july 20th

The Third Mini-Igo Meeting with Japan Light House Cup was held at the Japan Light House Information & Culture Center on july 20yh.
The players of over 50 joined the meeting. This meeting was planned by the visually impaired beyond their barriers from managemento to communication. The games were heated up with the results as follows.
The Light House is heartedly appreciated for their sponsership, provision of facilities and services of staff. Next year, the meeting will be held at the same place. Many players are requested to join the meeting.

Results of Meeting
A class (6dan to 2dan)
Champion: M. Yamazaki 2dan (Osaka city)
Second: M. Murata 5dan (Sakai city)
Third: T. Asano 4dan (Sakai city)

A class (6dan to 2dan)
Champion: M. Yamazaki 2dan (Osaka city)
Second: M. Murata 5dan (Sakai city)
Third: T. Asano 4dan (Sakai city)

B class (1dan to 7kyuu)
Champion: N. Nalamura 2kyuu (Takatsuki city)
Second: S. Kan
Third: O. Tsuneki 3kyuu (Hirakata city)

C class (8 kyuu to 20kyuu)
Champion: H. Imai 20kyuu (Osaka city)
Second: I. Nakanishi 10kyuu (Nara city)
Third: M. Hinaga 8kyuu (Takatsuki city)

D class (21kyuu to 30kyuu)
Champion: S. Nakatani 21kyuu (Kadoma city)
Second: A. Inaba 22kyuu (Neyagawa city)
Third: S. Suzuki 30kyuu (Toyonaka city)

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<July 1st 2010> 140

Game Record between Nakamaru Champion and Tada 3-dan

A game record is introduce for your reference.
 Black stone: H. Tada 3-dan
 White stone: S. Nakamaru, Champion
Date: May 17 to June 18 2010

54 67 47 34 36 53 43 44 33 23
22 24 52 63 62 73 55 12 32 41

72 82 83 84 93 94 74 92 83 93

64 83 85 86 75 95 81 71 42 91

76 87 96 97 25 21 51 96 77 78

88 (At 5, black won by a wide margin.)


Comment by mr. Matsumura
White lost due to black's 7th stone. White's connection to 24 by 12th stone was too honest.
In this case, recommendable sreblack 52,white 64, black 55 and white 65.

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<June 1st 2010> 139

Igo Playing Software "Takuchan" to be used with Actual Igo Board

Recntly we are receiving questions on how to use the igo software with voice "Takuchan".
The visually impaired can play Igo according to the Igo board image on the monitor.
However, the blind can not see the board, and image the board following the voice guide. This requires a very high level technique. Therefore, we propose an idea for the visually impaired to be able to enjoy "Takuchan".
You prepare an Igo board with 9*9 or 19*19 lines beside the computer. Followong the Pc voice of positions of the stones, you put the stone on the board. You can confirm positions on the board.
You can download "Takuchan" from this Page.

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<May 6th 2010>138

Enjoying Cool Igo Contest by Osaka Visually Impaired Circle on 20th July

The Igo meeting wii be held at Information and Culture Center at Higobashi by the visually impaired circles
Many Igo lovers join the meeting and play games separating in dan, high class, middle class and beginners.
We hope successful results by participants .Anyone who is going to join, please contact our office.

Date: July 20th (Tuesday) 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: Japan Light House, information and Cuture Center
Address: higobashi osaka city1

Please contact, 06-6358-7069 Mr.Miyano Japan Igo Association for Visually Impared

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<Apr. 1st 2010>137

Igo Instructor and Igo Instruction Group Recruted  

The visually impaired asking to learn Igo are now increasing in many area.
Those who like Igo and are interested in teaching or playing Igo with them are recruited.
The applicant's level of Igo is prefarably around first dan. The game is played on the 9*9 board with voice indication and finger touching confirmation on stone location.
We are ready to help and assist such activities particularly in Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama and Kumamoto.
Please contact us, Tel 06-6358-7069, att; Mr.Miyano.


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<Mar. 4th 2010>136

Flash Report! Information of Igo Meeting held at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Institute

Excited games were played in Visually Impaired Welfare Center in Tennnouji with sponsorship of the Institute on 26th Feb..
Thirty players joined the game in A and B groups. The results are as follows;
A group: Champ; K. Hayashida, Second; Y. Takai, Third; K. Ohta, Fourth; N. Nakamura
B group: Champ; A. Mitani, Second; J. takita, Third; G. satake, Foruth; M. Hinaga

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<Feb. 4th 2010>135

 Compact Disk for Mini-Igo Board to be presented to those who are interested

An original CD burnt by our society was introduced by The Mainichi Shinbun in Braille issued 21st Jan. 2010
The CD contains a text in Braille and a printed text for Igo beginners and Igo playing software with voice.
Please contact us if you are interested in playing Igo. Tel 06-6358-7069 att. Mr. Miyano

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<Jan. 14th 2010> 134

Igo Volunteer Instructor are recruted in Kanto Area

This year, we are going to support establishing Igo clubs in the Kanto area, in particular, in Tokyo.
We plan to contact institutes for visually impaired and blind schools.
If someone wishes to play igo, please inform us. Your assistance and cooperation are requested.
Contact : Society Office
Tel : Mr. Miyano 06-6358-7069

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<Dec. 25th 2009> 133

Mr.Omae of Wakayama Prefect. Blind School OB got Second Champion in Igo Meeting
In the 21st Wakayama physical disability Igo meeting, Mr. omae, Wakayama Prefect. Blind School OB and teacher of Wakayama middle school, got the second champion.
Mr. Omae was learned Igo from Mr. Takagishi, his instrucor since the primary scool age. Also, Mro. Omae always participate in the igo meetins of our society.
furthermore, in this Wakayama igo meetings, visually impaired are authorized to play games with the 9*9 board.

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Nov. 25th 2009> 132

Igo Meeting to be held on 26th Feb. 2010 at Osaka Visually Impaired Institute

The games will be held at Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center in Tennnouji Osaka.
The person enterable are residents in Oska Prefecture, who keep the physical disability certificate and are over 18 years old.
Please contact Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Center.
Address: Ikutama Maemachi 5-25 tennnouji-ku Osaka Tel: 06-6772-1766

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<Nov. 17th 2009> 131
Prize Winners at 12th National Igo Contest on 15th Nov.

90 players and 60 volunteers participated in the contes held in the Osaka University of Commerce.
the champions of each class are as follows;
Meijin class : Mr. S. Nakamaru
Yudan class : Mr. H. Kanou
Single A class : Mr. S. Hirae
Single B class : Mr. O. Futagawa
Upper class : Mrs. K. Mizushima
Middle class : Mr. J. Takita
Beginner class : Mrs. A. Inaba

The world Igo title match was held between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr. Son. And Mr. Nakamaru won the game.

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<Nov. 5th 2009> 130
Igo Exchange Meetings start between Takatsuki Group and Primary Schools
 
Mr. Aki of Takatsuki Igo volunteer instrutor holds exchange meetings every year so as to enable children to grow up through intercommunication with visually impaired. Visually impaired Igo players are participating in the meetings with pleasure. Our Society also hopes such excnages spread in every area.
Exchange scheduls are as follows;
10th Nov. Abusan Primary School, pupils 13 and our member 10.
11th Nov. Wakamatsu Primary School, pupils 5 and ourmember 10.
26th Nov. Hamuro primary School, pupils 20 and our member 10.

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<Oct. 5th 2009> 129
12th National Igo Contest to be held on Nov. 15th (Sun)

The meeting will be held at the Osaka University of Commerse, in Higashi-Osaka city.
Players from Okinawa, Ehime, Tokyo, Shizuoka, Hokkaido will join the contest. Heated games are expected among classfied players.
Details on the contest and application sheets are sent to instructors.
Visually impaired or unimpaired can participate in the games. Direct application to our office is possible.

Date: Nov. 15th 2009 Sunday PM 12:00 to 16:30
Place: Osaka University of Commerse
Access: Kintetsu-Nara Line, KawachiKosaka Station (five minutes on foot)
Information: Tel 06-6358-7069(Office Mr.Miyano)

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<Sept. 3rd 2009> 128
Igo Club was established in Nissei Day Service Center in Tokyo

In the Nissei Day Service Center managed by Japan Biochemical Reserch Center, an Igo club was formed and will be taken charge of by Mr. Sugawara, Instructor of our Society.
At present, visually unimpaired are recruited. However, the visually impaired will be welcomed as wide activities for bodily and mental exercisere and for habilitation to overcome aftereffects of brain disorder.
Anyone searching for igo players in Tokyo is requested to contact Mr. F. Miyano, Office of our Society.

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<Aug. 13th 2009> 127
Igo Record between Mr. Nakamaru and Mr.Matsumura in June-July 2009

A wonderful play was held by Mr. Nakamaru and Mr. Mtsumura, the strong players, from 19th to 1st July 2009.
The record is introduced here for your reference.
Black player: M. Matsumura (handicap : 6.5)
White player: S. Nakamaru
Black 1st :55 53 63 67 54 43 74 35 36 25 
Black 11th:46 76 58 68 23 32 85 86 88 87 
Black 21th:22 33 52 26 27 21 78 57 48 47 
Black 31th:37 59 39 75 12 44 16 62 72 24
Black 41th:84 98 66 89 79 77 99 69 97 96 
(By last 50th stone, White won.)

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<Aug. 3rd 2009> 126

Mr.Kadowaki got the champion in the A class.

The second Enjoying Cool Igo Contest was held at Osaka Nagai Center for the disabled.
A class: champion Mr. Kadowaki, 2nd Mr.Hayashida, 3rd Mr.Kanou
B class: champion Mr.Mukai, 2nd Mr.Mitani, 3rd, MrTsuneki
C class: champion Mr. Kou, 2nd, Ms. Kou, 3rd Mr.Komuro

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<July 2nd 2009> 125

12th National Igo Contest with dan and kyuu approval to be held on Nov. 15th (Sun)

The meeting will be held at the Osaka University of Commerse, in Higashi-Osaka city.
Everyone is requested to practice Igo games for the contest.
Details on the contest and application sheets are sent to instructors.

Information: Tel 06-6358-7069(Office Mr.Miyano)

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<June 1st 2009>124

Second Enjoying Cool Igo contest by Osaka Visually Impaired Circle at Nagai Center for the Disabled

The Igo meeting wii be held with cooperation of Mr. Yukawa(Kansai kin 9 dan), Mr.Tanigawa and Mr.Matsunaga(Takatsuki and Hirakata Igo instrutor). We hope successful results by participants .Anyone who is going to join, please contact our office.

Date: July 21st(Tuesday) 11a.m. to 16:30p.m.
Number of games: four games
Place: Osaka Nagai Center for the disabled, Higashi Sumiyosi, Tel 06-6697-8681
Subway: Midousuji-line Nagai station, Exit No.1
Participation fee: 500Yen (Payment at the center)

Please contact, 06-6358-7069 Mr.Miyano Japan Igo Association for Visually Impared

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<May 7th 2009>123

Introduction of Yamanashi-Pre Igo Club

New menbers joined to prctice Igo activities with ten people.
Different from cities like Osaka nad Tokyo where trnsportaion network progressed, locla cities are difficult for members to gather.
Ymanashi's club has overcomed the problem. We hope their continuing progress.
A short story on Igo was written by Mr.Tsuyosi Kajiwara(blind Igo player) on a braille magazine "Ake no Hoshi".
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<Apr 1st 2009>122

Report on Results of seventh Igo Contest at Osaka Visually Imparied Welfare Institute

The seventh contest was heatedly held on Feb. 27th between two groups. The management and judge were assisted by Mr. Hayakawa and Mr. Sefuji(from neyagawa), Igo Voluntee, and Mr. Yukawa of Sakai instructor.
The winners are as follows;

Rank A group B group
Champion Kagami Ohta(Takatsuki) Akiyo Mitani(Daitoh)
Second Tadaaki Nakamura(Takatsuki) Toshie Inoue(Takatsuki)
Third Yoshiaki Takai(Takatsuki) Kumiko Yoshidda(Kadoma)
Fourth Ninki Asano Yosiyuki(Izumi) katsumi Nakatuka(Kadoma)

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<Mar 2nd 2009>121

Information and Cuture Center for the Blind is Under Construction for Opening in May to June
Igo Members are recruited

In accordance with opening of newly built Information and Culture Cenrter for the Blind, Igo Club members are newly recruited.
Since establishiment our society, we have gotten cooperation from the center for club activity and Igo broadcasting.
We are going to support the igo club with more fulfill staff. please contact the office, Mr. Miyano, Tel 06-6358-7069

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<Feb 3rd 2009>120

Hirano Igo Group Started in Osaka Visually Impaired Association

In the Community Plaza of the Hirano-kumin Center, Igo activity has started by particiapation of 14 members of Osaka Visually Impaire Association. Mr. Kano, instructor with weak eyesight, called many people for assistance amd organized an Igo group.
He is a unique activitist as a leturer on demand. An expansion of the group is expected.
The person who has interest in Igo is welcomed to contact Our Office (Tel: 06-6358-7069)

Place : Community Plaza of the Hirano-kumin Center
Address:Nagayoshi-Dedo 5-3-58 Hirano-ku Osaka
(Close to Dedo station, Tanimachi line, Subway
Tel: 06-6704-1200
Group: Osaka Visually Imparied association, Hirano-ku group
Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 (Second Friday), Lecture on demand
 
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<Jan 5 2009>119

Igo Club is Opened in Visually Impaired association in Takarazuka,Hyougo, on Jan. 17th

A happy New Year to You!

Defining this is year as the first year of 9x9 igo board, we are going to expand exchanges
between the visually impaired and the unimparied.Your cooperation is requested.

Thanks to efforts by President tanaka of visually impaired associatiob in Takarazuka and Mr.Nakamura , retired teacher of Osaka Municipal Blind school, igo club was established . Mr. K. Miyahara takes charge of Igo instructor.
your assistance and cooperation are requested.

Place : Takarazuka PlazaCom
Address: Urifu Higasinocho 22-7 Takarazuka-city
(10min.on foot frm Nakayama station og Takarazuka line, Hankyu)
Time : 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (First, third, fifth saturday.   


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<Dec 2 2008>118
Igo Class is Opened in Tokyo Welfare Hall for the Phisically Challenged and
Menbers are Recruited
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Our society finished the National Contest and issued dan and kyu certifications.
The certification for group members will be giveb by the instructors.
For the personal participants, the certification will be sent by our office

As one of our activities, we are extending assistance to the impaired.
According to this policy, we are starting Igo instruction in Tokyo area.
Two instructors, Mr.Sugahara and Mr. hagihara wii be engaged in instruction.
They are waiting the visually impaied who are interedted in learning Igo
Fee: Free

Place: Tokyo welfare Hall for the Phisically Challenged.
Tell : 03-3455-6321
Address: Shiba 5-18-2 Minato-ku tokyo
(Close to Mita-station, Asakusa-line, Tokyo-subway)
Instruction Time:2:00pm to 4:00(First and third Saturday)

Information : Our office(for the time being)
Tel:06-6358-7069

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<Oct 7 2008>115
Igo Exchange with Hearing-Impaired held on Sept. 23 in Osaka

The first Igo exchange in the world with hearing-impaired was held without handicap on Sept. 23 in Osaka.
The exchange games were held between our Sakai group and six menbers of Igo club belonging to NPO Deaf Support Osaka.
A sign language interpreter changed from talk to sign or from sign to talk so that excited games were realized as if both players were non-visually- impaireds. The Igo exchange was an impressive landmark.

Such exchane between hearing-impaireds and visally impaireds will be further made without handicap.
In an open game of 11th National Igo Contest on Nov. 2nd, the champion of both members will fight.

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<Sept.9 2008>114
 11th National Igo Contest to be held on Nov. 2nd (Sun)

The meeting will be held at the Osaka University of Commerse, in Higashi-Osaka city. Players from Okinawa, Ehime, Tokyo, Shizuoka,Hokkaido will join the contest. Heated games are expected among classfied players.
Details on the contest and application sheets are sent to instructors. Visually imparied or not can participaed the games. Direct application to our office is possible.

Date: Nov. 2nd 2008 Sunday PM 12:00 to 16:30
Place: Osaka University of Commerse
Access: Kintetsu-Nara Line, KawachiKosaka Station (five minutes on foot)
Information: Tel 06-6358-7069(Office Mr.Miyano)

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<Sept 4 2008>113
Igo Exchange was held between Children and Takatsuki Group on Aug. 31st

On Aug. 31st, the annual Igo exchange meeting was held between 11children of Hikaru's Igo from primary and middle schools nad our Takatsuki members at the Takatsuki New Heght. Games were excecuted in groups and persons.
The children are looking forward to having the contest. We thank to the volunteer instructors, Mr. Tanigawa and Mr. Aki.
We hope such approach to be taken up in every area.

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<Aug. 6 2008>112
Mini-go Contest was held at Osaka Nagai Sport Center on sept. 15

Groups from Sakai, Takatsuki, Hirakata and Neyagawa gathered to hold the Igo contest under the auspices of Mini-go Lovers Group.
Severe games were held in the atmosphere of frienliness.
Our office is going to assist the contest to be continued from now. Each group is requested to have such gathering for each exchange.
The results are as gollows.

A Class
Champion Akira Futamura 6dan (Kawanishi City)
2nd rank Masaru Mizusima 1dan (Hirakata City)
3rd rank Ken Hayashida 6dan (Neyagawa City)

B class
Champion Akiyo Mitani 15kyu (Daito City)
2nd rank Taduko Kadowaki 7kyu (Neyagawa City)
3rd rank Mitsuo Iwamoto 4kyu (Sakai City)

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<July 10 2008>111
Igo Exchange between Our Society and the Hearing-Impaired

15 years have passed since our society was established. Before then, Igo could not be played by the visually-impaired.
Hearing-impaired cannot play igo games as there is no person to teach Igo.
A player, thanks to his parent's instruction, learned Igo to be Amateur 4 dan and is now teaching Igo to his companions.
We are planning to have an exchange meeting with his members.

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<June 3 2008> 110
Igo contest by Osaka Visually Impaired Circle on July 15th at Nagai Center for the Disabled

The Igo circle in Osaka Prefecture was established as chairman, Mr. Kitagawa of Takatusuki group and vice chairman, Mr. Mizusima of Hirakata group.
They will hold an Igo meeting on July 15th from 10 a.m. to 17 p.m. at the Nagai Center for the disabled.Our society is going to supoort the circle, hoping successful results by participants.Anyone who is going to join, please contact our office.

Date: July 15th(Tuesday) 10a.m. to 17p.m.
Place: Osaka Nagai Center for the disabled, Higashi Sumiyosi
Participation fee: 500Yen (Payment at the center)
Please contact, o6-6358-7069 Mr.Miyano Japan Igo Association for Visually Impared

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<May 1. 2008> 109
Volunteer Igo Instructors are recruited in Kanto, Tokyo areas

Now, in Tokyo area, some visually impaireds are eager to learn Igo games. We are planning to organize igo clubs or circles in this area. Igo instruction volunteers are recruited there. We are offering Igo boards and texts free of charge for group. (not free for parsonal use).

Please contact us if you are interested.  Society Office att. Mr. Miyano

Tel 06-6358-7069   Mail: fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp

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<Apr. 4 2006> 108
Report on Results of Sixth Igo Contest at Osaka Welfare Institute

The contest was held on Feb. 24 between two groups. The consolation matches were held to remove disadvntage.
The winners are as follows;

Rank A group B group
Champion Nkano Hiroyuki(Takatsuki) Mitani akiyo(Daitoh)
Second Kadowaki Gensei(Neyagawa) Nakai Youichi(Toyonaka)
Third Ohta kKagami(Takatsuki) Hinaga Masako(Takatsuki)
Fourth Takai Yosiyuki(Takatsuki) Terada Shizuko(Takatsuki)

Awards for the Lost

A group B group 1 B group 2
3 Mizushima Masaru(Hirakata) 2 fujimoto syuuko(Kadoma) 2 Senda Chieko(Takatsuki)
3 Mukai Asao(Yao) 1 Satake Goroh(Neyagawa) 1.5 inaba Akemi(Neyagawa)
1 Asano Ninki(Izumi) 1Morita Goroh(Neyagawa) 1 Inoue Toyoe(Takatsuki)
1 Watanabe Kunio(Kawachinagano) 1 Sakaoka Sumie(Suita)

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<Mar. 4 2008> 107
Igo-club started at Cosmos in Yamatokooriyama city with help of Volunteer Group

A day care ins
titution for visually impaired, Cosmos, started Igo-club with help of Mr. Takeuchi and Mr. Koizumi, who belong to Syudan no kai, an Igo volunteer group. Six trainees paricipate The club was established by Mr. Kakimoto, representative of the institution. Our Society will make efforts for assiting them.

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<Feb. 1 2008> 106
Volunteer Igo Instructors are recruited in Kooriyam, Nara

A vocational training facility in Kooriyama city is going to start an igo club. Our Society Office supports them and coordinate Igo volunteer instructos in the area.
Please contact us if you are interested.  Society Office att. Mr. Miyano
Tel 06-6358-7069   Mail: fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp

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<Jan. 11 2008>105

Igo Meeting to be held by sponsorship of Osaka Welfare Institute on Feb. 22nd

The Osaka Welfare Institute for Visually Impaireds is going to hold meetings of Igo contests from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Trump games called "hoisist" will be demonstrated. Participants shall directly contact the office, General Coordination section.Tel : 06-6772-1776.

Osaka Welfare Institute for Visually Impaireds, Place : Center Hall

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<Dec. 4 2007> 104
Morino 9-dan, Our Representative, Conducted Igo Training at National Tukuba University

The university is the only one that educates visually or hearing impaired students, where Morino 9-dan and professional igo players visited and conducted training by means of 9x9 boards of our society. Twenty students participated in the training and had effective lessons.
We are ready to assist establishing igo circles in the Kanto area. Please contact us if you start learning igo games.
Tel: 06-6358-7069

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<Nov 09 2007>103

Igo Exchange Meeting in Talatsuki on 22nd and 28th Nov.

The Takatsuki group plans the Igo meetings with pupils of primary schools as follows;
As there are a few chances to enjoy games with children, they are looking forward to having meetings.
Similar events are recommended to your club.

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<Oct 2 2007>102

Flash Report : Tenth National Go Contest held on Sept 30

The contest was held under more than eighty participants as follows;
Date and Time : 30th sept. (Sunday), from 12:00 to 17:00
Place : The Re/Ra/Ku Hall of Osaka University of Commerce in Higashi-Osaka city

The winners are as follows;

クラス First Second Third
Meijin class Son Chun Teq(Korea) K. Hayasida(Neyagawa) Y. Takai(Takatsuki)
Dan holder class H. Kadowaki(Neyagawa) K. Ohta(Takatsuki) T. Okada(Heguri)i
Single class T. Itoh(Hikaru) D. Yatomo(Heguri) A. Mukai(Yao)
Senior class K. Nishikawa(Heguri) Y. Takahashi(Heguri) K/ Nakao(Wakayama)
Middle class S. Nonaka(Toyonaka) K. Okada(Heguri) Ye Hua(Wakayama)
Beginner Class S. Nakatani(Kadoma) A. Mitani(Daitoh) Hi. Saho(hokkaido)

The record of the title match is shown on this page.

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<Sept. 7th 2007>101

Volunteer Igo Instructors are recruited in Tokyo Area

Many requests asking to learn Igo in Tokyo area are arriving from the visually impaired.
As Tokyo is a big city, ther must be instructors who love Igo games and can allocate some hours twice a month.
Our Society Office supports and coordinate Igo volunteer instructos in the area.

Please contact us if you are interested.  Society Office att. Mr. Miyano
Tel 06-6358-7069   Mail: fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp

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<Aug. 8th 2007> 100

Takatsuki Group Holds Exchange Meeting with Primary and Middle Schools in the City on 26th Aug.

On 26th Aug. at 13:00 - 16:00, our Takatsuki group will hold an exchange meeting with 15 members of the Igo group "Hikari's Igo Room"in Takatsuki in the assembly house of Takatsuka Newheight neighborhood community.Thanks to efforts by the instruction volunteers, Mr. Aki and Mr. Tanigawa, exchange meetings with pupils are to be held. The children are strong players with 2-3 dan. This is the result of instruction by Mr. Aki and Mr. Tanigawa.

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<July 6th 2007> 099

Let's start lessons for the National Igo Contest!

Only three months are left for the Contest. The contest will be held at the Osaka University of Commerse in Higashi-Osaka city,
This year, we will welcome a group from Okinawa, in addition to last years group from Hokkaido.
We would lile to meet you at the Contest.

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<June 8th 2007> 098

Igo instruction to be temporarily closed at Osaka Welfare Institute

Mr. Hayakawa, Instructor at Osaka Welfare Institute for Visually Impaireds, is now staying at a hospital.
The instruction class of three times a month (1PM to 4PM om 2nd and 4th Tuesday, and 3rd Sunday) will be closed until his recovery. We pray for his earlier return. Reopening will be noticed.

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<May 2nd 2007>097

Tenth National Igo Contest to be held on Sept. 30 (Sun)

The meeting will be held at the Osaka University of Commerse, in Higashi-Osaka city.
The detailed information on date, time, place and contents will be later noticed. Our members in various sites are requested to prepare for participation.

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<Apr. 5th 2007>096

Congratulations! 30-year anniversary of Nara Instruction Volunteer Syudan Group

Since our society atarted, the Nara Instruction Volunteer Syudan Group has cooperated for us with instructing Igo game for 30 years.
They are planning to issue a memorial magazine and to have ivents. We express our congratulations and thanks.

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<Mar. 9th 2007>095

Results of 5th Igo Meeting of Osaka Welfare Institute for Visually Impaireds

Contest Meetings of Igo, Othello and Shogi games were successfully held on 9th Feb. by the Institute.
Followings were winners after heated games. Members of our groups joined the meeting from distant locations.

A gruop
champion: N. M. Murata(Sakai), 2nd: H. Nkano(Takatsuki)
3rd: K. Ohta(Talatsuki), 4th: N. Asanp(Sakai)

B group
Champion: M. Morita(Neyagawa), C.Senda(Takatsuki)
3rd J. Takida(Kadoma), 4th: M. Hinaga(Takatsuki)

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<Feb. 2nd 2007>094

9x9 boad games in National Invitational High School Igo Tournament !


This March, the National Invitational High School Igol Tournament will be held.
Winners of preliminary or local contests will participate in the tournamant.
We hope that our society, if possible, also join the tournament from the next year.
A plan to establish a 9x9 board division with paricipants from the blind schools.

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<Jan. 5th 2007>093

A Happy New Year !

2007 is the year of the Boar. We would like to go forward.
In particular, we are planning to have Igo exchange games with visually unimpaired
Our members are recommended to enjoy daily lives with Igo,jobs and families.
Your cooperation is requested.

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<Dec. 7 2006>092

Igo Meeting to be held by sponsorship of Osaka Welfare Institute on Feb.9th

The Osaka Welfare Institute for Visually Impaireds is going to hold meetings of Igo, Othello and Shogi contests from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Trump games and hoisist games will be demonstrated. Participants shall directly contact the office, Mr.Suwa by 19th Jan.

Osaka Welfare Institute for Visually Impaireds
Place : Center Hall
Date : 9th Feb.
Tel : 06-6772-1776

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<Nov. 16 2006>091

Flash Report : Ninth National Go Contest held on Nov. 12

The contest was held under more than eighty participants as follows;
Date and Time : 12th Nov. (Sunday), from 12:00 to 17:00
Place : The Re/Ra/Ku Hall of Osaka University of Commerce in Higashi-Osaka city

The winners are as follows;

クラス First Second Third
Meijin class Nakamaru Satoshi Ohama Youchu Chin SyaoPao
Dan holder class Nakano Hiroyuki Kitamura Chihiro Hamada Youichi
Senior class Kakishima Mitsuharu Nakao Naoyuki Nakai Youichi
Middle class Iniue Mayumi Simomura Hideo Tsutsui Misayo
Beginner class Sakaguchi Emiko Yoshida Kumiko Mitani Akiyo

The record of the title match is shown on this page.

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<Nov. 3 2006>090

Takatsuki Group Starts Exchange Meeting with Three Primary Schools in the City.

Thanks to efforts by the instruction volunteers, Mr. Aki and Mr. Tanigawa, exchange meetings with pupils are to be held.
The similar meetings are requested tobe held in your clubs. The schedules are as follows;
Nov. 2 at Takatsuki Tomuro School (Participant, 25pupils)
Nov. 8 at Takatsuki Wakamatsu School (Participant, 8 pupils)
Nov. 29 at Takatsuki Abusan School (Participant, 8 pupils)

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<Oct. 10 2006> 089

Subscription for National Igo Contest to be Closed in One Week

We are busy for preparation of the contest. this year, we are welcoming participants from Okinawa, Kumamoto, Tokyo, etc..
You will bei in time even if you apply for the contest now! Plese contact us.

Main Office ; Mr. Miyano Tel 06-6368-7069 e-mail: fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp
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(Sept. 18 2006>088

Ninth National Igo Contest to be held on Nov. 12. Participants are Recruited.

The meeting will be held at the Secon floor of Re/Ra/Ku Hall , Osaka University of Commerse, in Higashi-Osaka city on Nov. 12.
Our members in various sites are requested to prepare for participation. As the contest site is a new place, please contact us on the place and route. Anyone who is interested in Igo are welcome.

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<Aug. 2 2006>087

Igo members are recruited to play Igo with exchanging e-mails!

Our society’s members are enjoying Igo games employing e-mail by PC or Keitai (portable phone). Anyone who can receive and send e-mails with PC or Keitai, and has a level of 5- kyu class Igo-ability can join our mail group to play Igo games with the visually impaired.  The visually unimpaired are welcome. We will introduce partners to play games. Please contact us.  Tel: 06-6358-7061  Fax: 06-6358-7146  Mail; fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp

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<June 15 2006>086

Volunteer Igo Instructors are recruited in various areas

Thirteen years have passed since our society was established. This is because of kind assistances and instructions by Igo fans, for whom we heartedly thank. Volunteering people, however, are getting old and aging. Though we are succeeding activities to next generation and asking their corporation, we cannot satisfy requests from nationwide clubs and feel the shortage of Igo instructors. As blind schools and general citizen’s groups are listed up on this home page, please check a club and participate in activities at the available location. If you cannot find any club at your neighboring location, we will arrange to set up a new club.

Please contact us if you are interested.  Society Office att. Mr. Miyano

Tel 06-6358-7069   Mail: fmiyano@skyblue.ocn.ne.jp

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 <May 15 2006>085

This year’s Contest to be held on Nov. 12 at Osaka University of Commerce in Higashi-Osaka

The Contest we informed of last month, is held on Nov. 12Sundayat Osaka University of Commerce in Higashi-Osaka. We are now arranging the Contest with refreshed mind. The President of the college, Mr. Tanioka, is showing a deep and strong understanding for our society’s activities.  The details on the map and address will be informed later. Your daily practice is requested.


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<Apr. 5 2006>084

Ninth National Go Contest to be held in late October

The Contest will be held in the latter part of October in the Osaka University of Commerce in Higashi-Osaka, which includes certification of your dan and kyu classes.
Details will be informed later. Your practice is requested for the Contest.

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<Apr. 5 2006>083

Go textbook for biginners in Braille(English)

Our society is, as part of 9x9 Go popularization, planning to put Japanese textbooks into English, so that the visually impared other than Japan may enjoy Go games.
In the first, we have completed to put the Japanese textbook for Go biginners into English for printed letters and braille.
The Japanese textbook was translated into English by Mr. K. Fukuda. a Go instructor in Hirakata city,
The Engish book was put into English braille by Mr. Katoh, office manager of Kyoto LightHouse Information Centr. We thank thieir efforts.
We hope the texybooks are useful for many people.
We are planning to put the textbook into Chinese and Korean.

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<Feb. 17 2006> 082

Champions are Mr. Asano for A group and Mr. Zaitsu for B group
at Igo Meeting of Osaka Welfare Institute for Visually Impaireds

Contest Meetings of Igo, Othello and Shogi games were successfully held on 3rd Feb.
Followings were winners after heated games. Members of our groups joined the meeting from distant locations.

A gruop
champion: N. Asano(Izumi) 2nd: Y. Nakai(Toyonaka)
3rd: H. Murata(Sakai) 4th: T.Hirose(Takatsuki)

B group
Champion: T. Zaitsu(Takatsuki) C.Senda(Takatsuki)
3rd M. Morita(Neyagawa) 4th: T.Inoue(Takatsuki)

Lost group
G.Satake(Neyagawa) Y.Takai(Takatsuki)
M. Tsutsui(Neyagawa) S. Fujimoto(Kadoma)

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<Jan. 31 2006> 081

Igo Meeting to be held by sponsorship of Osaka Welfare Institute on Feb.3rd

The Osaka Welfare Institute for Visually Impaireds is going to hold meetings of Igo, Othello and Shogi contests from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Trump games and hoist games will be demonstrated. Our groups are going to jin the meeting.

Osaka Welfare Institute for Visually Impaireds
Place : Center Hall
Date : 3rd Feb.
Tel : 06-6772-1776

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<Dec. 29 2005> 080

Igo Exchange Meeting between Takatsuki Group and Three Primary Schools

The Takatsuki Group had Igo exchange meetings with Abusan, Wakamatsu and Hamuro Primary Schools in December and the end of November.
Severe games and instruction to beginners were held among them. As six to twenty two many pupils participated from the schools, Neyagawa and Kadoma groups joined to assist the activity.
This kind of meetings wii be held in the future. Your assistence is requested.

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<Oct. 5 2005> 079

Volunteer Instructor Recruited in Ikaruga Nara

The Igo-club has started this year at the Second Jiboen at Ikaruga, Ikoma-gun in Nara-pref. located near the Houryuji. They have two meetings a month.
An instructor who has passion for Igo with first dan class is recruited for an increased members.
A person who is interested is requested to contact the office (Tel 06-6358-7069 att:Miyano).
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Place : 2097-1 Houryuuji Ikaruga-chou Ikoma-gun Nara-pref.
Facility: Second Jiboen
Instruction Date: Second and fourth Saturday
Time: PM1:00〜4:00)

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<Sept. 29 2005> 078

Igo Exchange Meeting between Takatsuki Group and Three Primary Schools

The Takatsuki Group are going to have Igo exchange meetings with Abusan, Wakamatsu and Hamuro Primary Schools in December and November.
Ten people join from Takatsuki Group. Mr. Aki from the school and Mr. Tanigawa of the Group are making efforts.
This experience will a great benefit for them to challenge the life.
Meeting date; 18 Oct. Abusan, 26 Oct. Wakamatsu, 17 Nov. Hamuro

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<Aug. 4 2005> 077

Igo club started in Sapporo
The first Igo club was established in Hokkaido. A group of the visually impaired, Nakamakai, formed the club to study Igo games according to advice of Mr. Tanimura. Our office are going to support them.
Name of the group : Hokkaido “Nakamakai”
Address : 14-2-15-901 Minami 12 Jou Nishi, Chuouku Sapporo
Tel : 011-520-2239

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<Aug. 4 2005> 076

Nagasaki Municipal Blind School Form Igo-Club

Under the leadership of Mr. Satoh, teacher, the club was formed in the school to learn Igo and use it as a tool for exchange between the impaired and the unimpaired.
Participation of teachers is expected to make Igo activities continued in the school. The club will be a base for the Kyusyu area.
Your support is requested.

Name of group : Igo-Club, Nagasaki Municipal Blind School
Address : 873 Nishitokitsugo Tokitsucho Nishisonogigun Nagasaki-Pref.

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<June 11 2005> 075

Flash Report :Eighth National Go Contest held on June 5

The contest was held as follows;
Date and Time : 5th June (Sunday), from 12:00 to 17:00
Place : The Ranka (main office of the society) , 17th floor of Ekimae 3rd Building, Osaka city

The winners are as follows;

クラス First Second Third
A class   Futamura Akira   Ohama Youchu   Murata Minoru
B class   Ohmae Masashi   Hayasihida Takeshi   Nakamura Tadaaki
C class   Ou Tokukei   Sano Kouji   Nakai Youichi
D class   Satake Goro   Yie Hua   Morita Mitsuo
E class   Watanabe Yoshihiro   Kayukawa Hisao     ----

The record of the title match is shown on this page.


(Apr. 6 2005) 074

Eighth National Go Contest to be Held at the Ranka

The Eighth National Go Contest is held on 5th June 2005 at the Ranka (main office of the society), located at the Ekimae 3rd Building.
Date and Time : 5th June (Sunday), from 12:00 to 17:00
Place : The Ranka (main office of the society) , 17th floor of Ekimae 3rd Building, Osaka city
Tel & Fax : 06-4796-4115 (cellphone: 090-5134-7118)

This year, an exhibition game between a Japanese and a Korean will be held.
And, many people from members of society and schools will join the contest.

Please contact Mr. Miyano of the society office:
Tel : 06-6358-7069 Fax : 06-6358-7148

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(Mar 2 2005) 073

An Instructor is recruited in Sapporo

"Nakamakai", a group of the visually impaired is planning to enjoy Igo, and they are siscussing about a place and date.
A volunteer igo instructor with 3 to 2 kyu is recruited. Please contact Mr. Miyano, Tel 06-6358-7069.

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(Feb. 10 2005) 072
Mr. Ohta and Mr. Morita Win Champion at Osaka Welfare Institute's Igo Meeting

23 players participated in the Igo Meeting held at the Osaka Welfare Institute on 4th February. The games were held seoarating into A group consisting of 11dan and high class players, and B group consisting of 12 middle and beginner class players. They played and enjoyed active games.
Results:
A group : Champion Mr. K. Ohta, 2nd Mr. H. Murata, 3rd Mr. T. Nakao, 4th Mr. A. Kitagawa
B group: : Champion Mr. M. Morita, 2nd Mr. G. Satake, 3rd Ms. m. Hinaga, 4th Ms. R. Kubo

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( Feb. 2 2005) 071
Go Exchange Meetings between Two Primary Schools and Takatsuki Group in Feb. 2005

Takatsuki Group (10 members) are going to have Igo meetings with Wakamatsu Primary School 813 pupils) on Feb. 2nd and Hamuro Primary School (11 pupils) on Feb. 17 in Takatsuki city.
The group is highly evaluated for their contribution to childens's general education for three years.
In particular, Mr. Aki (schools) and Mr. Tanigawa (Takatsuki G) are playing a main role.
Igo activitirs with children are recommended for other areas. Please contact us if you are interested in above meetings.

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 (Date: Jan. 19, 2005) 070
Mini-go (5x5) Exercise Book in Braille Available

A new book for high class or dan players has been issued. The book in braille was prepared in one year by Mr. I. Nakamura, teacher of Osaka Municipal Blind School, being based on the exercise book written by Mr. M. Fukui, ninth dan of Nihon Kiin.
The text books in braille for Igo beginners have been published from us. The new book will help increase Igo abilities for go players.
Please contact us if you are interested in the book in braille.
If you wants to buy the printed book, please contact Nihon Kiin, publishing section, Tel 03-3288-8797.
Or you can buy the book "five-line board igo exercise"by 600 yens without tax at a bookstore.

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( Jan. 19 2005)  069
Igo Club Start at Osaka Welfare Institute from Feb. 2005


The Osaka Welfare Institute for Visually Impaireds is going to carry out Igo instructions three times a month from February.
The Institute is an exchange place of visually impaireds in the Osaka area and anyone who is interested in Igo and wants to exchange games is requested to visit there.

Instruction date:
Second and fourth Tuesday of every month PM 1:00 to 4:00 by Mr. H. Hayakawa
Third Sunday of every month, PM 1:00 to 4:00 by Mr. T. Kawabe
Venue : Osaka Welfare Institue, ikutamachou 5-25 tennoujiku Osaka city
Contact: General Affair Section of the Institute, 06-6772-1766

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( Dec. 25 2004)  068
Igo Game Meeting sponsored by Osaka Welfare Institute to be held Feb. 4 2005


The Igo, Syougi and Othello game meeting will be held on Feb. 4 (Friday) in the Institute at Tennouji Osaka.
Our members are requested to join the meeting for its fostering.
Date: Feb. 4 (Fri) 2005
Venue : Osaka Welfare Institue
Contact: General Affair Section of the Institute, 06-6772-1766

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( Dec. 25 2004) 067
Igo club at Toyonaka Aiwakai reopened (Toyonaka city, Osaka Pref)


New staff and memers have started again Igo activities at Toyonaka Aiwakai. Mr. Miyahara and Mr. Kawabe decided to challenge Igo activities responding to three-orthopedically and in conversation impaired's strong intention to study Igo. Three learners are now learning Igo rules.

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( Dec. 25 2004) 066
Igo club started at the Second Jiboen in Nara Ikaruga


Six members and a staff belong to the special elderly nursing home adjacent to Houryuuji temple in Nara, participated in an igo seminar to start Igo activities from January 2005. your assistance is requested.

Instruction day : Second and fourth days of every month, 13:oo to 16:00(planned)
Instructor : Mr. Imamura, Mr. Y. Kumazawa

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( Nov. 10 2004) 065
Go Exchange Meeting between Abusan Primary School and Takatsuki Group on Nov. 26 2004

Abusan Primary School in Takatsuki city and our Takatsuki Group will be held on Nov. 26 2004.
This meeting is realized thanks to arrangement by Mr. Aki who instructs Go to pupils.
Our members welcome the meeting for achieving rejuvenation they have few chances to stay with children.
20 persons will join the meeting including 10 of our members.
More frequent exchanges with children are expected through Igo.

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(Nov. 10 2004) 064
Go Lessen and Go Appeal at Funaoka Festival of Kyoto Lighthouse

On Oct. 31 2004, Funaoka Festval was held at Kyoto Lighthouse Dormitory.
At the festval introduction and appeal of each club were made. Our Go club also introduced himself and demonstrated Go games.
From now on, activities are expected as one of culture club.

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(Oct. 10 2004) 063

Seventh National Go Contest Results

The Seventh National Go Contest was held on 26th Oct. 2004 at the Konishi Hall in Osaka city under sponsorship of our siciety.
The contest finished in success under 120 participants with heated games.
This year, Mr. Son from Korea, players from Yokyo, Kumamoto, Tokushima, Ehime, etc. and telephone players from Nagasaki, Koufu, Iwate and Ehime joned games and made them heated. Many volunteers who assisted games are much appreciated.
Also, appreciated are volunteers who attended telephone calls for a long time.
We would like to arrange game chances as many as possible for the visually impared in the world as well as in Japan.
Followings are names and groups of this year's champions

Class Rank Name Group
Master Champion A. Inagaki Heguricho Igo Club in Nara Pref.
Upper Champion H. Mizunuma Hirakata city group
Middle Champion N. Nakao Toyonaka city group
Junior Champion H. Kayukawa Kadoma city group

Letter of Appreciation and Commemorative gift offered to Mr. M. Sefuji and Mr. Y. Kinoshita

Mr. M. Sefuji made efforts to spread 9x9 board go games for seven years to Neyagawa and Kadoma groups. To him a letter of appreciation and a commemorative gift were offered.
Mr. Y. Kinoshita worked as a bridge between Japan and Korea for go exchange to realize the world title match, to which a letter of appreciation and a commemorative gift were offered.
We thank for their efforts.

Record of World Title Match between Mr. Son and Mr. Nakamaru

The game was held between Mr.Son from Korea, Amateur 5th dan of 19 board, and Mr. Nakamaru, Amaterur 5th dan of 9 board.
The game was won by Mr. Son. Refer to the record.
White : Mr. Son v.s. Black : Mr. Nakamaru.

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(Oct. 10 2004) 062

Volunteer Instructor Recruited in Ikaruga Nara-pref.

A group of the visually impaired in Ikaruga, Nara-pref. is planning to establish an igo circle.
A volunteer igo instructor with 3 to 2 kyu is recruited.
Please contact Mr. Miyano, Tel 06-6358-7069.
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( Aug. 14 2004) 061
Assistant Tool for Visiting Home Pages with Voice and Enlarging Functions (by Hitachi Public System Engineering Co.Ltd)


Home pages based on universal design are highly requested, which can easily visited by the challenged and aged persons.
Hitachi Public System Engineering developed an assistant tool to give;
(1) voice reading
(2) hiragana for kanji and Roman letters for Japanese language
(3) image enlarging function
(4) white and black display
to general home pages. This will help internet users.
http://www.gp.hitachi.co.jp/eigyo/product/zoomsight/#pagetop

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( Aug .13 2004) 060
Road Guide by Voice "NPO Kotoba no Michiannai" Home Page Opened


NPO Kotoba no Michiannai started business to help the visually impaired to visit facilities introduce in home pages of public institutes and private offices.
A guidance to the object facility can be obtained by selecting items following information by voice.
Five groups consisiting of "facilities for the visually impaired", "other public facilities", "commercial facilities" "cultural facilities"and "companies and offices" are specified.
Information will be helpful for visually impaired when going out.
Inquiry Tel 03-3916-0300
http://www.kotonavi.jp/

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(July 24 2004) 059
Many thanks Mr. Hayakawa for his longtime services!

Since starting of Hirakata Group, Mr. Hiroshi Hayakawa has repesented the group and volunteered as an instructor.
As he moved to Osaka city, he was suceeded by Mr. Hiroshi Matsunaga.
We thank Mr. Hayakawa for his long sevices.
From now on, Mr. Hiroshi Matsunaga and Mr. Katsuhiro Fukuda wiil work for the group.
Their cooporation is appreciated.
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(July 24 2004) 058
A volunteer GO Instructor recruited in Ichihara city, Chiba

A visually impaired is going to learn Go at the Ichihara Welfare Center (planned).
A volunteer instructor with more than 2 kyuu class is recruited.
Pkease contact 06-6358-7069 (Mr. Miyano)
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(July 24 2004) 057
Go Activities start at Hikone Welfare Center in Shiga Pref.
(Learners are recruited)

The first Go club will start in Shiga Pref. which is headed by Teacher Todo as a Go instructor, who was engaged in teaching for 40 years in Shiga Municipal Blind School.
Your supports are requested and new learners in the Hikone area are recruited.
Address : 594 Hiratacho Hikone city Tel : 0749-26-1767
Please contact 06-6358-7069 (Mr. Miyano)
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(June 28 2004) 056
Seventh Commemorative National Go Contest to be held on Sept. 26

The date of the contest is officially fixed on Sept. 26 (Sun). The place is as usuall at Konishi Hall in Chuouku, Osaka.
As three monnths are left by the contest, your daily practices are requested.
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(May 8 2004) 055
Seventh Commemorative National Go Contest to be held in October

This year's National Contest is seventh commemorative meeting. Owing to various reasons, the contest will be held in October. Your understanding is requested.
An invitation of a strong player from abroad is being planned. Good news are expected.
Every group and everyone are requested to have practical lessons in preparation for the contest.
So as to reinforce spreading Go to overseas, an English textbook in braille is being prepared by Mr. Tosgikazu Kato, director of the Kyoto Braille Library. We believe this will be helpful. the book will be made public when ready.
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(May 8 2004) 054
Go Exchange Meeting between Toyonaka and Takatsuki Groups being planned in June

Takatsuki Group felt discouraged as Mr. Kanazu, leader of the group, passed away. In spite of such fact, they are improving with a new participant and active lessons this spring.
They are planning an exchange meeting with Toyonaka group as part of their exchange actitivity.
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(May 8 2004) 053
Go Exchange Meeting between Takatsuki and Sakai groups being planned in May

Takatsuki Group is palnning to visit Sakai city in May. As both groups have dan holders, hot games are expected. Results will be informed as soon as possible.
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(May 8 2004) 052
First Go Contest held in Tokyo-- Mr. Murai of Hachioji Blind School got Second Place.

The 12th integrated cultural festival of schools for blind, deaf and disabled children was held from Nov. 21 2003 to Feb. 10 2004 in Tokyo. The first Go contest was opened in addition to traditional Othello and shogi contests, reflecting present popularity of Go. Mr. Murai of Hachiouji Blind School belonging to our society got the second place. Congratulations! We believe this first contest was realized by sevices of Mr. Miyamura of Hachioji school.
Results
Champion : Aihei Shigeta (Johoku Middle School 1st year class) 2nd place : Atsushi Murai (Hachioji School Science 2nd year class) 3rd place : Ken Deki (Johoku Primary school 5th year class) 3rd place : Aishi Shigeta (Johoku Primary School 6th year class)

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(Mar. 23 2004) 051
Volunteer Instructors recruited in Toyonaka

Aiwakai, a welfare corporate association in Toyaonaka city, is preparing a Go meeting twice a month, where the impaired and the unimpaired are planned to play Go games together. Go players are recruited. Anyone who is interested in instructing games is requested to contact us to get detailed information. (Tel. 06-6358-7069)

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(Mar. 23 2004) 050
Volunteer Instructors recruited in Hikone

A visually impaired is going to learn go games in Shiga Welfare Institute in Hikone city, Shiga prefecture.
A volunteer Go instructor staying in or near the city is requested to contact us to get detailed information. (Tel. 06-6358-7069)

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( Feb .14 2004) 049
First Igo Instruction Games sponsored by Shiga Welfare Institute Feb. 6


An experiencing meeting of Igo, Syougi and Othello games was held on Feb. 6 in Hikone city for 17 visually impaired. Among them, 7 participated in Igo games and enjoyed very much.
Mr. Miki, volunteer instructor of Nagaokakyou, Kyoto, joined the meeting. He is highly appreciated for his participation from distant Kyoto.
Later, we received a mail from a person to continue Igo, whom we are going to assist to foster Igo in Shiga.
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( Feb .14 2004) 048
Kitagawa Win First Place in Igo Games sponsored by Osaka Welfare Institute Feb. 6


Twenty of our member joined the meeting and four from Sakai got first to fourth places in Igo game
They seemingly showed high ability. Mr. Yukawa, professional 9 dan from Kansai Kiin, played games with 10 persons He was very aprreciated by the participants. Mr. Seto and Mr. Fujimoto, our volunteer instructor, were thanked for their all day instructing efforts. Your next challenge is requested.
Champion : Akira Kitagawa
Second place : Toshiyuki Nakao
Third place : Minoru Murata
Fourth place : Toshiyuki Miwa
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( Jan .5 2004) 047
Igo Games sponsored by Osaka Welfare Institute to be held Feb. 5


The Igo, Syougi and Othello game meeting will be held on Feb. 5 in the Institute at Tennouji. Our members are going to participate in the meeting. Games with groups without daily contact will be interesting. Your participation is requested.
Contact: General Affair Section of the Institute

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