Here at the frontier, the leaves fall like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians, and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are still two cups at my table.

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Sunday, January 15, 2006


If you click on the title of this post, you'll be directed to the full news article.
January 14, 2006
Oases Springing Up Here for Ancient Game of Go

In September, a weekend carnival in Edison, N.J.,celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival, a major Chineseholiday. Thousands of visitors swarmed past hawkers ofpork buns and Kettle Korn, acupuncture and healthinsurance. In the booth of the Feng Yun Go School, asmall crowd gathered around a woman in a sleevelesssalmon-colored dress as she juggled 11 simultaneous games of go, the ancient Asian board game played on agrid. Oblivious to the fireworks exploding above, shedrifted silently along an L-shaped table, pausingoccasionally to place a single white stone on a woodenboard.

For Feng Yun, who spent 18 years on China's nationalgo team, the two-hour exhibition did not pose much ofa challenge. Facing financial analysts andschool girls, she won nine matches, losing the othertwo only after offering substantial handicaps. Norwill Ms. Feng, 39, meet anyone of her caliber at theHotel Pennsylvania this weekend during theToyota/Denso North American Oza, a two-day tournamentthat begins today in New York and in Las Vegas.


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