The 43rd All Japan Amateur Honinbo Tournament was held from August 22 to 24 in 1997, and I had the luck to win the championship. It was my 6th Honinbo title after an absence of eight years. This was my 10th time to win the All Japan Amateur Championship together with six winnings of Amateur Meijin title.
Until the last winning of eight years before, I used to think that I had played good games by thinking very hard and won for myself. But now that I am over sixty, I would rather enjoy games, naturally making quite a few mistakes. Nevertheless I won. I cannot help feeling I was very lucky and that I owe the luck to many people around me.
Receiving the Champion Cup from Pro-Honinbo Cho Chi Kun.