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The house of Hayashi was one of the Four houses.

The heads of the Hayashi Go School (林家) (1612-1884) were:

1 Monnyusai 門入斎 8-Dan 1612-????
2 Monnyu 門入 6-Dan ????-1685
3 Gen'etsu 玄悦 5-Dan 1685-1706
4 Bokunyu 朴入 8-Dan 1706-1726
5 Incho 因長 8-Dan 1727-1743
6 Monri 門利 7-Dan 1743-1746
7 Tennyu 転入 7-Dan 1746-1757
8 Yugen 祐元 7-Dan 1757-1789
9 Mon'etsu 門悦 7-Dan 1789-1816
10 Tetsugen 鉄元 6-Dan 1816-1819
11 Genbi 元美 8-Dan 1819-1848
12 Hakuei 柏栄 7-Dan 1848-1864
(h) Yubi 有美 5-Dan 1856-1862
13 Shuei 秀栄 5-Dan 1864-1884

In 1884, Hayashi Shuei merged the School into the Honinbo School, becoming Honinbo Shuei.

All heads of the School from Gen'etsu through Hakuei were known when head as Hayashi Monnyu 林門入, in the same way as the standard Inoue Inseki and Yasui Senkaku. See iemoto system.

The Hayashi is the only School to never have a Meijin, if you discount Shuei.

Hayashi in Japanese means woods. It is said that when the Shogun offered a surname to this school, he suggested Mori 森, or forest. The recipient modestly declined and chose instead the more humble Hayashi.


John F. I think a better way of describing Shuei's translation back to the Honinbo family could be found, as the Hayashi family did not then cease. A collateral branch came down through Yubi - Hayashi Sano was the 16th generation, for example, which probably makes the Hayashi family the first to have a notable female player.

Hayashi last edited by Dieter on November 30, 2023 - 16:22
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