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The Power Report: Iyama overcomes Kono fightback in Kisei title match; Yoda resumes playing; Top four decided in 1st Hakata Kamachi Cup; New pair wins Professional Pair Go Championship

Notizie AGA - Mar, 17/03/2020 - 03:08

by John Power, Japan correspondent for the E-Journal

Iyama overcomes Kono fightback in Kisei title match


As noted in my previous report, Iyama Yuta won the first three games in the 44th Kisei title match, but Kono saved the first kadoban. In the fifth game, which was played at the Hotel Kagetsuen in the town of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, on February 26 and 27, Kono continued his fightback. Taking white, he won by resignation after 232 moves. Kono had fallen behind in territory, but managed to pull off an upset. Iyama was apparently quite crestfallen at his failure to convert his early lead into a win. With this win, Kono reached his “norm”against Iyama: two wins.

The sixth game was held at the Tokiwa Hotel in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture, on March 5 and 6. Taking white, Iyama won by 3.5 points after 262 moves. The game featured hectic fighting from the outset, but Kono was let down by a slack move with Black 137—White had a good counter that he had overlooked. This decided the game and gave Iyama the series 4-2. By winning his eighth Kisei title in a row, he matched the record set by Kobayashi Koichi. It also matches Iyama’s personal record set in the Honinbo title. He can now aim at becoming the first player to win two titles ten times. Whatever happens after this, his victory ensures that Iyama remains the number one player for another year.


For the fourth time, the third win in a best-of-seven challenge to Iyama proved elusive for Kono. Aged 39, he cannot expect many more chances to take a top-three title.

Yoda resumes playing

In my previous report, I gave the details of the suspension from play of Yoda Norimoto by the Nihon Ki-in. Since then, Yoda has sued the Nihon Ki-in at the Tokyo District Court. On March 11, the Nihon Ki-in announced that the suspension would be lifted until the result of the court hearing has been given. It is expected at the end of April.

Top four decided in 1st Hakata Kamachi Cup

The first and second rounds of the new Hakata Kamachi Cup were held at the Tokyo headquarters of the Nihon Ki-in on February 15 and 16. The final four—Ueno Asami, Fujisawa Rina, Mukai Akiko, and Nyu Eiko–were players who have been prominent in women’s go recently, but there were some notable results on the way. Competing in the main tournament were the ten players who qualified in the preliminary round, five seeded players, and one wild card, Hei Jiajia (aka Joanne Missingham) of Taiwan. It’s unusual for an overseas player to be given a seat in a domestic tournament, but Hei is popular with local fans. Full results are given below. (The semifinals and final are scheduled for April 13 and 14.)

Round 1 (Feb. 15) Ueno Asami, Women’s Honijnbo, (B) beat Yashiro Kumiko 6P by resig.; Nakazawa Ayako 5P (B) beat Cho Chen 2P by resig.; Xie Yimin 6P (W) beat Tsukuda Akiko 5P by resig.; Mukai Chiaki 5P (B) beat Mannami Nao 4P by 1.5 points; Hei Jiajia 7P (Taiwan) (B) beat Omori Ran 1P by resig.; Nyu Eiko 2P (B) beat Tatsumi Akane 3P by resig.; Tsuji Hana 1P (B) beat Inaba Karin 1P by resig.; Fujisawa Rina, Women’s Hollyhock Cup-holder, (B) beat Moro Arisa 1P by resig.

Round 2 (Feb. 16) Ueno (B) beat Nakazawa by resig.; Mukai (W) beat Xie by resig.; Nyu (B) beat Hei by half a point; Fujisawa (B) beat Tsuji by resig.

New pair wins Professional Pair Go Championship

The semifinals and final of the Professional Pair Go Championship 2020 were held at the Nihon Ki-in in Tokyo on March 1. Because of the corona virus, there were no spectators, although Pair Go tournaments thrive more than ordinary tournaments on the close contact between players and spectators. For their part, the organizers were probably relieved at being able to complete the tournament schedule. A live commentary was broadcast on the Net. In one semifinal, the pair of Okuda Aya 4P and Murakawa Daisuke Judan beat Chinen Kaori 6P and Motoki Katsuya 8P; in the other, Suzuki Ayumi 7P and Yo Seiki 8P beat Yoshida Mika 8P and Onishi Ryuhei 5p. In the final, Okuda & Murakawa (W) beat Suzuki & Yo by 10.5 points.

Tomorrow: Shibano starts well in Judan; 75th Honinbo League; 45th Meijin League


AGA Encourages Players to Stay Home

Notizie AGA - Sab, 14/03/2020 - 20:06

The following statement has been released by the American Go Association’s Board of Directors.

“Generally, the AGA considers promoting face-to-face go to be one of it’s biggest priorities. As COVID-19 has progressed, however, it has become clear that practicing social distancing is something that everyone needs to do for their health and the health of those around them.

With that in mind, the AGA is encouraging folks to cancel or postpone all planned club and tournament events in March and April. This is a developing situation that is changing weekly (and lately daily), and we hope that we will be able to resume in-person play soon – once the pandemic has subsided.

The Seattle Go Center in Seattle and the National Go Center in Washington, DC have both suspended tournaments and face-to-face play and are closely monitoring the situation. Updates are at and

At this time, the AGA is making no recommendations about events in May or any time after that. Preparations for the US Go Congress in Estes Park at the beginning of August are continuing, even as we develop contingency plans in case the effects of the pandemic continue into the summer. Congress staff are working closely with the YMCA and monitoring recommendations from public officials. Colorado has declared a state of emergency and recommended postponing gatherings of 250 or more for the time being.

Stay safe – and maybe take this opportunity to rediscover online go playing, read some go books, and watch some of the many videos available on Twitch and YouTube!”


“Alphago to Zero” Twitch stream draws record crowd

Notizie AGA - Sab, 14/03/2020 - 03:26

More than 13,000 viewers — a new record for the AGA’s Twitch channel — tuned in for Thursday night’s Twitch broadcast featuring Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock discussing their new book “Alphago to Zero” and reviewing a game from the historic 2016 showdown between the world champion and the DeepMind AI. “Their passion for this game is infectious,” said CalmExit. The two talked about what it was like to provide the English-language commentary for the 2016 match for a global audience with intense media attention, and took questions from viewers. Chayashida wondered about “Michael and Chris’s thoughts, looking back, four years later…on the actual match as well as how AI has changed the game in the past 4 years.” And sam83a wondered “Does Michael plan writing other books using AI other than this 4-volume series? For example revisiting his san ren sei book, or analyzing historical classical games.” Check out the video to hear the answers to those questions and more, as well as Redmond’s review of Game 4 — chosen by a viewer poll — of the AlphaGo-Lee Sedol match. “I absolutely love how much Redmond loves the game,” said Trevoke. Stephen Hu produced the stream.


Stay home, watch go! Pandanet City League this weekend

Notizie AGA - Ven, 13/03/2020 - 17:21

Self-Isolation? Recovering from St Patty’s Day? Miss other sporting events? Logon to Pandanet this Sunday March 15th at 3pm EST/12pm PST and watch some go! Many of the country’s top players are playing throughout the day. Check out our schedule pages for your favorite players and local teams for the times they’re playing.

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Registration Open for 2020 AGHS School Team Tournament

Notizie AGA - Gio, 12/03/2020 - 21:11

“Registration for the 2020 AGHS School Team Tournament is now open through March 31st, ” says Promotion Head Sophia Wang, “All participants must be North American residents in grades K-12 and attend the same school as their teammates. Each team has 3 players, with no more than 5 teams per institution. A total of four rounds will be held on two Sundays—April 5th and 12th—at 10am and 1pm PST each day. Players of all four rounds will receive a participation prize, and the top teams in each division will receive cash and trophies.”

Click here for registration
Click here for detailed rules


Redmond and Garlock on AlphaGo Thursday on Twitch

Notizie AGA - Gio, 12/03/2020 - 04:02

Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock, who teamed up four years ago to comment the historic AlphaGo-Lee Sedol match in Seoul, will appear on the AGA’s Twitch channel Thursday night at 7p EDT to discuss the match and their brand-new e-book AlphaGo to Zero.

“When AlphaGo defeated Lee Sedol, some said it was the end of go,” Redmond and Garlock say in the book’s introduction. “As we have seen since then, it is rather more likely that in many ways the game has just begun.”

The two will discuss the book with viewers, and will take another look at some of the games from the match, with questions and comments from viewers. “Being able to interact with viewers in real time is a real treat,” says Garlock. “We’re really looking forward to it!”


Member’s Edition: Yilun Yang’s March Hard Life and Death Puzzle

Notizie AGA - Mar, 10/03/2020 - 07:00

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Black to play. Use the marked stone to attack.
Published in the March 10, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

Yilun Yang 7P is one of the most popular go teachers in the US. You can reach him at


Member’s Edition: Guo Juan 5P on a Pro Handicap Game

Notizie AGA - Mar, 10/03/2020 - 07:00

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White: Wang LaoXi 7P
Black: AGA 1 dan
Commentary: Guo Juan 5P
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the March 10, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

This month you’re sure to find fascinating Guo Juan’s commentary on a 7 stone handicap game between a pro and a dan player. Guo Juan gives this background for Wang LaoXi 7P and his handicap playing style:

Wang Laoshi 7p was one of my go school classmates back in China, a long time ago. I met him when he was ten years old. Without mentioning his successful pro career, he is one of the best Go teachers in China now. His students include many of the top Chinese pros. I really admire his way of playing handicap games. He plays correct moves without trying dirty tricks. A long time ago when I just came to Europe I was troubled by playing high handicap games, because I thought I could not improve myself anymore. But Nie Weiping 9p told me that he also had to play handicap games, even in the China National team. The important thing he said to me was that if we play without dirty tricks, we will still play good style and our students will benefit the most.

Guo Juan 5P is a popular go teacher based in Amsterdam. Check out her online go school, featuring recorded lectures and problems presented in a Spaced Repetition System. Here you will learn and remember correct play. And there’s a one month free trial!


Upcoming Go Events: Painesville

Notizie AGA - Lun, 09/03/2020 - 21:15

March 22: Painesville, OH
7th Lake Erie Go Tournament
Soren Jaffe 440-231-7057

Get the latest go events information.


Canadian Open update

Notizie AGA - Lun, 09/03/2020 - 14:50

Plans for the Canadian Open to be held late June in Vancouver have been cancelled. “The host organization has had to withdraw, due to the issues with COVID-19 virus,” reports Canadian Go Association president James Seddwick. The CGA is looking into alternate arrangements, with an initial target of holding something on Labour Day weekend September 4-7; stay tuned for a future announcement. “I also wish to offer our sympathies to CGA members with families & friends in China,” Sedgwick added. “I know it has been a tough time with ill family members who cannot be visited, and business and personal impacts. Hopefully lives will return to normal soon.”

Plans for the U.S. Go Congress — scheduled for Estes Park, CO, August 1 – 9 — are moving forward; organizers are monitoring the situation closely with the safety of the attendees and community paramount; stay tuned for updates.


2020 Redmond Cup and AGA Girls Cup Registration Closing Soon

Notizie AGA - Lun, 09/03/2020 - 08:06

Registration for the 27th Redmond Cup and 3rd AGA Girls Cup will be closing soon on March 11th and March 18th respectively. Competitors must be residing in the US, Canada, or Mexico and be members of their respective national Go association. The Redmond Cup is restricted to players under 18 with an accredited rank of 1 dan or stronger, while the AGA Girls Cup is restricted to females under 16 with an accredited rank of 10 kyu or stronger. The two finalists in the AGA Girls Cup and the Junior (12 and under) and Senior (13-17) divisions of the Redmond Cup will be invited to the 2020 US Go Congress with all reasonable expenses paid for by the American Go Foundation to play in a best-of-three match. All other participants who complete either preliminary tournament will be eligible for a $200 scholarship to the 2020 US Go Congress.

The Redmond Cup will begin on March 15th with preliminary matches played online through early-mid June. The AGA Girls Cup will follow a similar schedule starting on March 22nd. Players eligible for both tournaments may participate in them simultaneously. Interested players can read more about the Redmond Cup rules here and register here. Likewise, players can read more about the AGA Girls Cup rules here and register here.

–Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator


Redmond and Garlock release “AlphaGo to Zero”

Notizie AGA - Dom, 08/03/2020 - 10:30

Four years ago today, the whole world watched as a computer program took on one of the top go players in the world. And won. From the historic AlphaGo-Lee Sedol showdown in Seoul in March 2016 to the release of AlphaGo Zero in November 2017, Michael Redmond 9P and Chris Garlock have had a front-row seat, commenting, analyzing and reporting as the AlphaGo AI upended thousands of years of human history. Today, on the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the AlphaGo-Lee Sedol match, they’ve released Volume 1 of AlphaGo to Zero, the first of a 4-volume EPUB series that will thoroughly cover the AlphaGo phenomenon.

Redmond (right) and Garlock commenting AlphaGo vs Lee Sedol 9P Game 1, March 8, 2016

Redmond and Garlock will discuss the book and review games from the AlphaGo vs. Lee Sedol 9P match on Twitch at 7p EDT on Thursday, March 12. They’ll also discuss their experience doing the commentary on the historic match and take viewer questions.

Since the 2016 AlphaGo-Lee Sedol match, Redmond and Garlock have released a popular series of AlphaGo videos and game commentaries on the American Go Association’s YouTube channel. In AlphaGo to Zero, Redmond and Garlock use the power of the EPUB platform to take an in-depth look at the March 2016 showdown between AlphaGo and Lee Sedol 9P. The EPUB not only includes new insights into the match and each game, it enables readers to easily review video game summaries Redmond and Garlock recorded after each game, including some never before released to the general public. The game commentaries include clickable diagrams and Redmond’s original commentaries alongside brand-new comments. It’s also illustrated with color photos of all the action, including some never previously published.
In addition to EPUB, the book is also available in the Go Books app on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

As the AlphaGo Team says in their introduction, “Chris and Michael experienced first-hand the anticipation and excitement felt by the entire AlphaGo team, and understand better than anyone the significance of these games in showcasing what can be achieved when human and machine come together to solve complex problems.”

“This book is our attempt to capture that story,” say Redmond and Garlock, “to tell you what we saw at the time, what we see now, and to try to place this moment in the history of the game, to get a sense of where we may be headed. When AlphaGo defeated Lee Sedol, some said it was the end of go. As we have seen since then, it is rather more likely that in many ways the game has just begun.”


Su and Kim top 7th North American Kyu Championships

Notizie AGA - Gio, 05/03/2020 - 23:15

Jiayang Su 1k and Andrew Kim 2k topped the 85-player field at the 7th North American Kyu Championships on February 1st held on the KGS Go Server. Su (Junior champion) and Kim (Senior champion) will both have the opportunity to test their strength against stronger opposition in the Redmond Cup starting later this month. Nearly 80% of the field was made up of Junior Division players (12 and under) and international representation was strong with 18 players from Mexico and 5 players from Canada. Final tournament results including all division winners and the crosstab can be found here. Each winner received a crystal trophy engraved with his or her name, and all participants who participated in each round are eligible for a $200 scholarship to the 2020 US Go Congress in Estes Park, Colorado.

Special thanks to Jeremy Chiu and Andrew Zhang for helping to direct the tournament, as well as Zhongfan Jian and Stephanie Yin from the New York Institute of Go and Sid Avila from the Mexican Go Association for helping the tournament run in a timely fashion.
Justin Teng, AGA Youth Coordinator


November AGA Board Meeting minutes posted

Notizie AGA - Gio, 05/03/2020 - 06:14

The AGA board minutes from their November meeting were approved at the meeting on February 23rd, and are now available online here. A summary of the meeting was first published here on January 19th. Do you have questions or comments about what you see in the minutes? Feel free to submit them here.


2019 Annual Summary of Go in New York

Notizie AGA - Gio, 05/03/2020 - 06:00

by Stephanie Yin and Felipo Jian

The New York Institute of Go (NYIG) and the New York Go Association (NYGA) are happy to bring you our annual summary of achievements.  We concluded the year 2019 with lots of prides and great memories, through which all Go players in our community were bounded closely.

Tournament Achievements (Adult) Our two prominent professional players, Ryan Li 1P and Stephanie Yin 1P, continued to be among the top Go players on the North American Continent. Ryan Li competed in the 3rd International Elite Mind Games, and Stephanie Yin 1P participated in the 10th Qionglong Bingsheng Cup and 3rd Go Seigen Cup World Women’s Championship. The AGA City League New York team, consisting of Ryan Li, Hancheng Zhang and Stephanie Yin, won the 2019 Pandanet-AGA City League again.

Tournament Achievements (Youth) The youth training section has always been our focus. Through various Go classes and after-school programs offered by New York Institute of Go (NYIG), our students improved significantly and won numerous achievements nationwide.

The 6th North America Kyu Championship (NYKC), February 2019
Division B: 1st Place Toranosuke Ozawa 3k
Division E: 1st Place Alan Yang 17k
Division F: 1st Place Jeremy Wong 21k; 2nd Place Jason Yang 21k

2019 North American School Team Tournament, April 2019
Top Division: 
– 2nd Place New York Institute of Go Team 2: Chase Lin 1k, Cathy Liao 3k, Alex Huang 4k
– 3rd Place New York Institute of Go Team 1: Patrick Zhao 3d, Sophie Lin 2d, Marcos Yang 1d
Division 2: 
– 1st Place New York Institute of Go Team 6: Jack Zhang 9k, Brandon Zhu 12k, Alan Yang 13k
– 2nd Place New York Institute of Go Team 4: Jason Long 10k, Jonathan Chen 11k, Lillian Wu 12k

The 1st U20 Eastern Youth Open, August 2019
Division B: 1st Place Sophie Lin 2d
Division C: 1st Place Chase Lin 1k, 2nd Place Samantha Soo 4k, 3rd Place Jerry Ju 3k
Division D: 1st Place Xinyu Chen 6k; 2nd Place Jonathan Chen 9k; 3rd Place Crystal Pang 8k 

2019 North American Young Lions Tournament, December 2019
Division A: 1st Place Toranosuke Ozawa 2d; 2nd Place Sophie Lin 2d; 3rd Place Chase Lin 1d
Division B: 3rd Place Samantha Soo 1k
Division D: 2nd Place Joshua Wong 10k
Division F: 1st Place Noah Carrafa 21k, 2nd Place Enzo Aozono-Araldi 23k, 3rd Place Roger Eckner 25k

Go Promotion By holding various go tournaments and events in 2019, the NYGA promote the interests, activity and outreach of go players within the New York City and Tri-state community. 

New York Go Honor Society The New York Go Honor Society is a non-profit chapter supported by the New York Go Association (NYGA). The NYGHS executive team includes multiple honorary members from Harvard, Yale, MIT, and Princeton. The board members, such as the chairman and board of directors, will be selected in a self-recommended fashion, by NYGA officers and honorary presidents. 

The mission of the NYGHS is to learn the philosophical ideas that have been embedded in Go for thousands of years. It is a platform that provides young Go players an environment to enrich their Go experience, improve their organizational skills, and broaden their horizons. Specifically, through the NYGHS, our Go players will work together to hone their leadership, logical reasoning, and problem-solving abilities. They will also communicate and cooperate with students from top American colleges to expand social skills and enrich personal accomplishment.

Tournament Organization
– 4th, 5th and 6th US Go Ranking Competition, New York Division
– The 1st U20 Eastern Youth Open, August 2019
– NYGA Monthly Tournaments

Classes We offered a series of go classes to both youth and adult players from beginner to dan-level.  

After-school Programs
– St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School
– PS 77 Lower Lab School

Social Media Our official Youtube Channel “nyig_go” reached 7000 subscribers in November.

We appreciate everyone who has participated in our Go activities in 2019. We shall continue to bring you more exciting events in the upcoming year 2020. More information can be found here:

photos provided by Stephanie Yin


Member’s Edition: Albert Yen 7d on a City League Game

Notizie AGA - Mar, 03/03/2020 - 08:00

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White: Albert Yen 7d
Black: Leo Li 5d
Commentary: Albert Yen 7d
Game Editor: Myron Souris
Published in the March 3, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal

In this game from round 4 of City League between Chicago and Canwa Vancouver 3, Albert describes lots of variations with relatively straightforward results that readers should be able to easily relate to situations from their own games.

Albert introduces this game, “I came out of a slump from round 3, where I made a huge blunder in the first joseki and lost the game immediately. If not for my near instant defeat, I would’ve commented on that game. Anyway, this game was interesting to me, because it exemplifies the importance of shape. There are no complicated fights or difficult semeais. Rather, this game was decided by a few shape mistakes.”

Albert Yen is an 8 dan player from Chicago. He first started playing go at the age of five after watching Hikaru no Go on television, and became 6 dan in Taiwan when he was 7. Albert continued to compete in America after he moved to Chicago in fifth grade and studied under Jiang Mingjiu 7p. To date, he has made several showings in national and international tournaments, including winning representation to the World Youth Goe Championship in 2014, 1st place in the Redmond Cup in 2015, and 4th place at the 2019 World Amateur Go Championship. Albert is currently a second year undergraduate student in UIC’s GPPA BA/MD program in Chicago. Outside of go, Albert enjoys running and ping pong.


Member’s Edition: Yilun Yang’s March Easy Life and Death Puzzle

Notizie AGA - Mar, 03/03/2020 - 08:00

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Black to play. Using the inside stones is key.
Published in the March 3, 2020 edition of the American Go E-Journal.

Yilun Yang 7P is one of the most popular go teachers in the US. You can reach him at


Upcoming Go Events: Little Neck and Seattle

Notizie AGA - Lun, 02/03/2020 - 21:47

March 7: Little Neck, NY
NYGA Monthly Tournament March
Zhongfan Jian 617-921-4105
Stephanie Yin

March 9: Seattle, WA
Mr. Daiki Komatsu 3P at Seattle Go Center
Mike Malveaux 206-545-1424 or 253-906-0095

Get the latest go events information.


AGA players invited to the Canadian Go Association summer camp

Notizie AGA - Dom, 01/03/2020 - 23:46

The Canadian Go Association summer camp is ready to welcome you! Running August 23-28 at Jouvence resort inside Mount Orford National park (near Montreal Quebec), it will combine a sojourn in nature with top-notch Go instruction, luxury meals, and great company. Since the resort is a non-profit, all of this is at a great price! See our web site for full details, and please reach out if you have any questions.

report by Canadian Go Association President James Sedgwick


眠らない nemuranai (don’t sleep, won’t sleep)

Notizie Go Club del Tortellino - Dom, 01/03/2020 - 23:39

In Giappone è presente l’uso di vendere i Goban che sono stati usati in partite importanti, spesso facendoli autografare dai giocatori.

Le grandi associazioni di professionisti, si autofinanziano anche vendendo agli appassionati dei goban autografati da famosi professionisti, che costituiscono un regalo prestigioso e prezioso.

Sono solo manie da collezionisti?

Anche in Occidente sono presenti usi simili (es: la vendita di quadrati del prato su cui si è giocata la finale dei mondiali di calcio), ma nel sentire giapponese, la cosa ha radici più profonde, connesse con l’animismo Shintoista che, anche oggi, convive nel paese con la tradizione Buddista.

Condivido di seguito un brano preso dal libro di Marie Kondo sul riordino, che, qualche anno fa, ha furoreggiato nelle librerie. Lo ho trovato interessante e rivelatore di un sentire profondamente diverso e lontano da quello della società razionalista in cui sono cresciuto.

Il processo del riordino sembra approfondire le relazioni non solo tra gli oggetti e la casa ma anche tra gli oggetti e noi, e tra le persone stesse. Mentre riflettevo sulla natura di questi rapporti, mi resi conto che i giapponesi trattano da sempre con rispetto gli oggetti di loro proprietà. Il concetto di yaoyorozu no kami, letteralmente «ottocentomila dèi», ne è un esempio. I giapponesi credevano che le divinità risiedessero non solo negli elementi naturali come il mare e la terra, ma anche nel fornello e in ogni singolo chicco di riso, e quindi trattavano tutto ciò con venerazione. Durante il periodo Edo (1603-1868), il Giappone aveva un sistema di riciclaggio efficace e bene organizzato, che impediva gli sprechi. L’idea che tutto sia dotato di uno spirito sembra essere scritto nel DNA giapponese.

Lo spirito degli oggetti ha tre aspetti: comprende lo spirito dei materiali di cui è l’oggetto è composto, lo spirito della persona che l’ha fabbricato e quello di chi lo usa. Lo spirito del fabbricante ha un impatto particolarmente profondo sulla personalità dell’oggetto. Ad esempio, questo libro che state leggendo è di carta. Ma non si tratta di carta qualsiasi. È carta impregnata del mio forte desiderio che vi mettiate a riordinare e dell’aspirazione ad aiutare chi vuole una vita piena di felicità. L’intensità di questi sentimenti continuerà a pervadere l’atmosfera anche dopo che lo avrete chiuso.

Alla fine, però, è il sentimento della persona che usa un oggetto, il suo modo di trattarlo, a determinarne l’aura (in giapponese si dice kuki-kan, letteralmente «sensazione dell’aria»). La luce emessa da questo libro, la presenza che proietta, dipende da voi e da come lo trattate, dal fatto che lo usiate o, invece, vi limitiate a comprarlo senza leggerlo. Il principio vale per tutto, non solo per questo libro: è la vostra mente a determinare il valore di tutto ciò che possedete.

Recentemente un’espressione che continua a venirmi in mente quando lavoro con i miei clienti è mono no aware. Questa frase giapponese, che significa il «pathos delle cose», descrive l’emozione profonda che proviamo quando siamo toccati dalla natura, dall’arte o dalle vite degli altri prendendo coscienza della loro essenza transitoria. Allude anche all’essenza degli oggetti e alla nostra capacità di coglierla. Quando i miei clienti procedono nel riordino, noto un cambiamento nelle loro parole, nelle loro espressioni facciali, come se diventassero più abili nel provare il mono no aware.

Da                             96 Lezioni di Felicità     di Marie KONDO
Titolo originale:       Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.

Marie Kondo è una consulente e scrittrice giapponese, la sua biografia su Wikipedia indica che ha passato 5 anni come miko – una sorta di assistente, un po’ come i nostri chierichetti?


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