News related to INAF.
On May 20, 2021, the Deputy Consul from the Japanese Consulate in NYC, Mr. Futoshi Matsumotoi, visited Rochester, New York, to present the certificate of the 2020 Japan Foreign Minister’s commendation to INAF Executive Director Thomas Hsiang. See https://twitter.com/JapanCons_NY/status/1395385471568592907 and https://www.usgo.org/news/2020/12/aga-ivp-thomas-hsiang-awarded-japanese-foreign-ministers-commendation/
Mr. Hsiang was recognized for “his outstanding achievements in promoting Go internationally and in fostering friendship between Japan and other countries and areas”. Hsiang is a long-time international vice president of the American Go Association, a vice president of the International Go Federation, and the secretary general of the International Mind Sport Association. He was one of the principal organizers for a number of international mind-sport tournaments, including the two versions of the quadrennial World Mind Sport Games. He and former Nihon Kiin Chairman Norio Wada founded INAF in 2014, the first Western foundation dedicated to the promotion of Go.
The Iwamoto North American Foundation for Go has sponsored “Go teachers’ Workshop in Tokyo”, which was held at the Nihon Ki-in between 30 October and 4 November 2018.
The workshop was for the Go instructors in North America who want to learn teaching methods on how to teach go to complete beginers, especially for youth.
5 Americans, 3 Mexicans, and 1 Cuban participated in the workshop.
Mizuma Toshifumi 7p who has rich experiences in teaching Go at schools and his own teaching method gave a lecture and Q&A session for four hours.
The participants visited and watched the actual Go class in Japanese primary and secondary schools and an University.
Remarks/Feedback by participant:
“Attending the INAF Go Teachers Workshop this year was a privilege and a pleasure, one I looked forward to for months. I have been hosting a session for kids and families at the National Go Center, called Family Go, for over a year. I was very pleased with the program of instruction and activities, and have already begun enthusiastically spreading what I’ve learned to my fellow teachers at the National Go Center.”
“In summary, the workshop was a wonderful experience not only for the topics I learned but also for the extraordinary people with whom I shared, and back in the country I plan to implement, together with my federation, everything learned in the workshop starting with a course that allows me to transfer the experiences learned and using the Mizuma method for teaching children, always looking for the best development of Go in Cuba and in the area.”
The Iwamoto North American Foundation and the Nihon Kiin announced the Second Go Teachers’ Workshop to be held in Tokyo from October 29 through November 4 this year. The workshop is conducted in English and is intended for people with interest in facilitating the implementation of Go teaching into school or university curriculum. The sponsors will cover all of the workshop and living expenses for the attendees, plus a $1,000 international travel subsidy. Content of the weeklong workshop includes training sessions on Go instruction and organization; visits to Japanese educational institutions that have Go established in the curriculum; lectures on Japanese Go history and culture; group discussions on implementing Go education; and pro teaching games. The application form and the detailed schedule are attached. US, Canadian, Mexican, and Cuban applicants should apply directly to Mr. T. Urasoe <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Please cc: all correspondences to <email@example.com>.
INAF and Nihon Kiin jointly announced the establishment of a Go Teachers’ Workshop, to be held at Nihon Kiin, Tokyo, in the Fall of 2016. The details may be found here.