Dango

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Dango
Dango ([ext] source, [ext] license)

Dango, a Japanese go term, means "dumpling shape", and refers to a solid mass of stones without eyes and few liberties - a very inefficient shape.

Chinese: 愚形 (y xng)
Japanese: 団子 (dango)
Korean: 응형


[Diagram]
Dango  

This clump of four black stones is the smallest dango. Adding more black stones to it only creates a larger dango.

As can be seen from this example, a black four-stone dango may be formed by adding a black stone at the empty intersection of an empty triangle. As an empty triangle is already inefficient, this makes a dango even more inefficient.

[Diagram]
Dango  

Here is another example from the squeeze tesuji. The white+square chain is a six-stone dango.


Examples

Etymology

Quacki: Just yesterday, I read my Ranma 1/2 Manga Book (german, Band (volume) 30, I think), which give a translation for dango. It said dango means "balls of fishmeat on a spit" ("Fischbaellchen am Spiess"). Does this have anything to do with our dango?

kokiri: Dango are usually desserts, pounded rice balls filled with azuki beans or the like. I've never heard of fish dango, and frankly I'd be a bit suspicious of the translation, but yes the original dango is a foodstuff.

Lacrymology: Filled in the japanese kanji. Dango is any ball (food). Niku dango are meatballs, goma dango are mochi (rice cake) balls covered in sesamee seeds (goma). I dont know what is the fish dango that they talk about in Ranma, but dango are almost always on a stick, if eaten by themselves (as in oposition to say in some kind of sauce, or whatont), or maybe on a plate with some miso leaves or something wrapping them. In the go, being black and white stones I can see where at some point a big ugly dango like the one up there appeared and someone thought of a dango which by itself USUALLY refers to mochi dango (ricecake-ball) filled with azuki.. black filling, white sorrounding.. nice image.

marnen?: I think you mean [ext] shiso leaves, not "[ext] miso leaves" (which don't exist...). :)

{John F.] I don't think the Japanese refers to "a" dango, but to many: stones being squeezed up together like a lot of dangos. The imagery is rather like a handful of marbles. A load of balls, in other words :)



Dango last edited by 92.20.75.90 on August 12, 2014 - 19:13
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