"From the way of Go, the beauty of Japan and the Orient had fled. Everything had become science and regulation. The road to advancement in rank, which controlled the life of a player, had become a meticulous point system. One conducted the battle only to win, and there was no margin for remembering the dignity and the fragrance of Go as an art."
- The Master of Go (1951), by Yasunari Kawabata

Igo (by yukari abe)

The Way of Go

Mountain monks sit playing go

Over the board is the bamboo’s lucent shade

No one sees them through the glittering leaves

But now and then is heard the click of a stone.

- Po Chi (772-846)

(via yama-bato:)