High school Go clubs in Tokyo
Needless to say, Tokyo has more (junior) high schools than other prefectures. Therefore, it is believed that Tokyo has a stronger youth Go culture than any other places in Japan. This article includes topics about junior high school Go clubs because most private high schools in Tokyo have an affiliated junior high school.
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In Tokyo, there are various games for (junior) high school students.
- Local preliminaries of the High School Championship (by Nihon Ki-in) and the High School Invitational Tournament (by Kansai Ki-in), not allowed for former Inseis
- Large-scale friendship matches in summer and winter, limited to junior high school students
- Training sessions with the Kanto Student Go Association (KSGA)
This is possible because Tokyo has:
- More students and teachers than other regions, note that the Tokyo High School Go Association (THSGA) and the Tokyo Junior High School Go Association are made by school Go club teachers.
- Convienient railway services (JR lines, Tokyo Metro, Tokyo Public Subway etc.)
- Many Go facilities, not only Nihon Ki-in in Ichigaya but also other clubs (such as the Shinjuku Go Center)
- Stronger Internet connection than mountain areas, so they can easily cooperate with other schools, Chiba and Yokohama (affiliated to the Kanagawa Prefecture Go Association)
To participate THSGA sponsored games in Tokyo. You have to apply through your school's Go club teacher. Schools with THSGA membership can get a discount with their application fee. Some schools require additional authorization from the Principal or other executives.
Behalf of THSGA, KSGA is sponsoring the
- Kanto Studnet Go Carnival
- All Japan Student Go Championship (with PandaNet and the All Japan Student Go Federation)
- All Japan Student Go Best 10
The main target of these games are bachelor students but allows the attendance of high school students (and graduate students). THSGA are not responsible for these games but sometimes support the advertisements of them. In order to apply for KSGA sponsored games, high school students must directly take contact and make their payments to KSGA. Any high school students can join unless their school prohibits them.
In Tokyo, there is a myth about high school Go clubs in Tokyo that states "Schools with higher reputation have stronger Go clubs". There are some examples and many counterexamples, which are shown in the following table.
|School Name||Gender||Type||Benesse Corporation Ratings (BCR)||Go club status|
|Kaisei Academy||Male||Private||78 (Highest in Tokyo private schools)||25 appearances at the High School Championship, 6-time high school champion (1994, 2011-2013, 2015 and 2019), and 2019 winner at the High School Invitational Tournament|
|Ochanomizu Women's Univ. Affiliated||Girls||National||78 (Highest in Tokyo)||No data|
|Tsukuba Univ. Affiliated||Co-educational||National||78 (Highest in Tokyo)||No data|
|Tsukuba Univ. Affiliated Komaba||Boys||National||78 (Highest in Tokyo)||33 appearances at the High School Championship and 4-time high school champion (2000, 2003-2005)|
|Tokyo Gakugei Univ. Affiliated||Co-educational||National||77||2011 high school champion|
|Keio Girls||Female||Private||77||No data|
|Waseda Jitsugyo||Co-educational||Private||76||Some alumni members have contributed to the Waseda University Go Club|
|Toshimagaoka Girls Academy||Female||Private||75||2006 and 2014 winner at the High School Championship, 3-time winner at the High School Invitational Tournament (2012, 2015 and 2019)|
|International Christian Univ. Affiliated||Co-educational||Private||73||No data|
|Nishi||Co-educational||Public||73 (Highest in Tokyo public schools)||No data|
|Aoyama Gakuin Univ. Affiliated||Co-educational||Private||72||No data|
|Toyama Metropolitan||Co-educational||Public||72||2015 and 2016 winner of the High School Championship|
|Chuo Univ. Affiliated||Co-educational||Private||71||No data|
|Kokugakuin Univ. Affiliated Kugayama||Co-educational||Private||71||No data|
|Kokugakuin Univ. Affiliated||Co-educational||Private||65||No data|
|Edogawa Girls||Female||Private||64-67 (BCR differs because their are several tests for admission)||No data|
|Jumonji||Female||Private||60-67 (BCR differs because their are several tests for admission)||No data|
|Fujimura Girls||Female||Private||45-55 (BCR differs because their are several tests for admission)||36 appearances at the High School Championship, 14-time high school champion (1977, 1979, 1985-1990, 1999-2003 and 2013), and 2007 winner at the High School Invitational Tournament|
Benesse Corporation is one of the largest company in the Japanese education industry. Schools with BCR higher than 60 are regarded as hard schools, BCR higher than 70 are considered as very hard schools. Stronger schools and schools with higher BCR frequenlty gets important role in THSGA.