Referred to as Go in English, Go is called Igo (囲碁) in Japanese which literally means ‘encircling game’. It is a strategy game where each player tries to expand their territory using Go stones (one uses black, the other uses white) by trying to make an enclosure. It is usually played on a 19x19 grid (called a Goban) but beginners usually play the game using smaller boards.
Saiko and Shirazu are playing on a 16x16 grid board while Saiko snacks on senbei, a Japanese rice cracker.
It’s pretty cold where I live today, which makes me long for real summer to come. Aaaand that makes me think about elegance of traditional Japanese summer events… So, of course I need these two to express that.