Go Terms Used For Go Equipment
Keywords: Culture & History, Go term, Equipment
Japanese Go terms commonly used for Go equipment:
- agehama (アゲハマ): captured stones. Note: At least two unofficial English-language translations of Hikaru no Go have translated this (incorrectly?) as the container that the captured stones are put into.
- futa? (蓋): lid of the bowl. Used for holding captured stones (agehama) during games.
- goban (碁盤): Go board. Either an abstraction for the game board, or a literal board on the table or free-standing floor board.
- go-ishi (碁石) : Go stone. Note that the Japanese language does not distinguish between singular and plural.
- go-ke, gosu (碁笥): Go bowl. For holding the unplayed Go stones.
- gosu bako? (碁笥箱): box to store Go bowls in
- heso (ヘソ): pyramidal inset cut in the center of the bottom side (cf Surface Finish). Improves drying ( YM)
- kimono (着物): traditional Japanese robes. Sometimes worn by professional Go players in title matches.
- kyosoku? (Kyōsoku) (脇息): arm rest. A small, often padded table sometimes used in addition to a low chair and/or a floor cushion.
- sensu (扇子): paper fan with bamboo struts. Folds into itself for storing. A sensu signed by a professional player is often a treasured souvenir.
- taikyokudokei (対局時計): match clock. Used to time a tournament match.
- tatami (畳): woven reed mat. A common floor covering in Japan, especially in ceremonial or "culture" rooms.
- zabuton (座布団): floor cushion. For the players to sit at the Go table.
- zaisu (座椅子): low chair (without legs). Sometimes used in addition to a floor cushion.