Born in China several thousand years ago, the game of Go is one of the 4 sacred Asian arts and has been played in Japan for more than 1,200 years. It has only recently spread to the West, notably with the publication of the manga Hikaru no Go in the early 2000s, and it now enjoys a great reputation there.
The goal is the creation of territories using the simplest material: a board, called goban, on which a grid is drawn, and black (kuro) and white (shiro) stones, which are placed on the intersections of this grid in turn. Each of the stones represents a soldier, and the surrounded soldiers become prisoners.
The rules can be learned in a few minutes and allow beginners to quickly play exciting games.
Come try this millenium game on the stand of the Ile-de-France Go League at Japan Expo.