Castle Games

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Chinese: 御城棋 (ychngq)
Japanese: 御城碁 (oshirogo)
Korean: 어성기

1626 - 1863

The castle games were played in the Shogun's castle by the best Japanese players of the day. The first castle game was in 1626.

In 1664, the castle games became annual (with a few gaps).

1667 is the first year in which more than one game was played.

The last castle game was held in 1863, between Hayashi Hakuei? and Yasui Sanei.

Shusaku is celebrated for his undefeated record in castle games. (See Invincible, The Games Of Shusaku for some game records.)

After 1863

After 1863, the turmoil of the Meiji Restoration disrupted many Japanese traditional ceremonies and institutions.

John F. I can't see what the Meiji Restoration interfered with in go terms. All the damage was done in Tokugawa times.

Gregory: Of course in this case, I believe the Meiji Restoration interfered in the Castle games before the Shogun by ending the Shoganate.

John F. The castle games ended well before the Meiji Restoration.

Masukawa's "Castle Games of the Edo Period"

TakeNGive: An interesting article about the castle games, dealing with the duties of Japanese Go and shogi players at the court of the Shogun, is at [ext] JanSteen's GoBase.

Pok: The article at gobase.org is based on my translation of an essay by Masukawa Koichi. I have revised this translation and published it under the title [ext] The Castle Games of the Edo Period - An Eye-Witness Report.


Castle Games last edited by 24.91.93.132 on May 5, 2014 - 00:50
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