Professional Go tournaments
I am quite familiar with the professional Go tournaments in Japan, since I have witnessed quite a few while I was insei.
A professional title in Japan is a big thing: they are sponsored traditionally by newspapers, and Go amateurs are following these events very closely. The era of yearly, newspaper titles was opened after Honinbo Shusai, the last hereditary head of the Honinbo house, passed his title to the Nihon Ki-in which turned it into a yearly event. Honinbo Shusai played a retirement game with Kitani Minoru - see the picture below - based on which Yasunari Kawabata wrote the excellent novel The Master of Go.
Other titles (Kisei, Meijin, Judan, Gosei, Tengen) were created later as "newspaper titles".
I found an excellent report by John Fairbairn about a very rare event: a top Japanese title which took place outside Japan: in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It tells a lot about the atmosphere around a title game. And here is another great article about a top title.
I am going to post here links to pages I create for the professional tournaments I follow, where I highlight the positions I find interesting and write down my thoughts on the games.
There is definitely excitement and entertainment behind following a professional Go game, especially one from a top title, but also a great opportunity for us to learn from the masters.