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Demonstrations & Performances

Peter Freedman Memorial Oregon State Go Tournament Sponsored by Portland Go Club


Saturday, November 16, 2024

  • Round 1: 9:30 AM
  • Round 2: 12:30 PM
  • Round 3: 2:30 PM

Sunday, November 17, 2024

  • Round 1: 9:30 AM
  • Round 2: 12:30 PM

Public Presentations

  • Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 3 PM.


  • Cathy Rudd Cultural Corner: Public Go Presentations

  • Yanai Classroom: Tournament playing room

Visit Portland Japanese Garden and watch players compete in the Peter Freedman Memorial Oregon State Go Tournament. Guests will also have the opportunity to learn more about Go, a game that is believed to have been played in Japan since the Nara Period (710-794).

Go is an ancient board game which takes minutes to learn the rules and a lifetime to master the strategies. The game’s equipment includes a wooden board marked with a 19×19 grid, black stones, and white stones. The object of the game is to surround the largest area and avoid being surrounded. Many players see Go as an analogy for life, an exercise in abstract thinking, or a beautiful art in which black and white dance in a delicate balance across the board.

Visitors to the Garden will be able to quietly observe the tournament games in progress in the Yanai Classroom. Anybody curious about Go can come to the public presentations by Stewart Towle of Portland Go Club to learn about the origins and cultural history of Go and learn to play this 5000-year-old game of skill.

About the Portland Go Club

The Portland Go Club is the official Portland chapter of the AGA (American Go Association). They meet to play and discuss the game of Go. Players of any level or those interested in becoming players are welcome to attend their events, which include weekly meetings where that feature casual games and discussions of strategy.

Tournament play at Portland Japanese Garden in 2022.

Information and photos of the 2022 tournament hosted at Portland Japanese Garden

Tournament registration information coming soon.


Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center

The Jordan Schnitzer Japanese Arts Learning Center was designed to be the cultural, educational, and architectural hub of the new Cultural Village. “With a new classroom, library, and performance space, the Learning Center provides an open and welcoming space where visitors can learn more about the culture that gave us the Japanese garden art form,”