Go Bowls Guide

Also known by their Japanese name Gosu, Go bowls are traditionally made out of wood. However you can also find bowls made from stone, straw, plastic and other materials as well. Bowl lids, in addition to keep your stones secure inside, are also used to place your opponent's captured stones in during game play. Wood bowls generally come in two different shapes, Kitani and Go Seigen. These names are coined by popular Go lecturer, Janice Kim, 3 dan. The Go Seigen bowl refers to the shape of traditional Chinese style bowls and the Kitani refers to the shape of Japanese style bowls.

Left: Go Seigen bowl; Right: Kitani bowl