Towards the end of the first week of the Congress, on July 29 2011, Zhuyeqing Tea hosted a VIP night. Zhuyeqing Tea is the major sponsor of the European Go Congress.
Frenchwoman, ‘Charlotte’, distributed Zhuyeqing samples to all VIPs. Upon receiving his bag, Takemiya took the opportunity to show off his of command of ‘faire la bise’ or the local tradition of cheek kissing.
Takemiya dances Salsa
He also presented Charlotte with business cards featuring his photograph (that he’d had printed especially for the occassion) so she would remember his handsome face. Takemiya’s strategy proved successful, as later in the night he and Charlotte danced Salsa, much to the delight of other Go fans.
Takemiya compares dancing to the game of Go
It has been said that Go resembles a war, but Takemiya prefers to liken the game to a dance. Dancing is one of his favourite hobbies. He took it up a few years ago as exercise and claims it helps to improve his Go and concentration. Takemiya has even competed in amateur dance competitions.
He also, doesn’t let anything, including lack of a dance floor, get in the way of his enjoyment of dance, much to the amusement of Chinese Go luminary Nie Weiping 9p.
Video of Takemiya dancing
Takemiya is actually quite a good dancer. For those who would like to check out his skills, here’s a video of him dancing a few years ago. No doubt his dancing has become even better since then.
Takemiya Photo Gallery
Here are some more photos from the European Go Congress event and of Takemiya dancing.