This awesome goban set came to Baduk Club from a private home in Osaka.
The board is 13cm thick, and has a pleasant yellow color that is easy on the eyes. A tag underneath reads Heisei 2 (1991). The endgrain is wide and wavy, and the sides of the board look the same color as the legs, so it is probably Katsura based on that dark color and the evenness of the tone throughout the board, but it may be Kaya. A center cut like this (kiomote) leaves beautiful end-grain where both players will sit, and straight lines along each side. The top and bottom have cross-grains in unique patterns like a fingerprint, based on the heartwood of the tree.
The corners and edges are in great condition, with the exception of one dent on the side, please see the photos for details. still, it would be good to plan to wax the board, at minimum, unless your climate is as humid as Japan. Visit my Care Instructions to learn more.
The bowls are cherry, and the stones are slate and shell, size 28 (7.5mm). There are 182 pieces of each color, and the black are slightly larger than the white.
This is a Vintage item.
FedEx International Priority shipping from Japan (to nearly anywhere) is already included. This service reduces the actual transit time to only 5 business days, and also allows more room for padding in order to avoid shipping damage. Please allow a week for Customs preparations, then a FedEx tracking number will be provided that you can use to sign up for notifications.
Because of the quality of this set, Surface shipping is not recommended, but it is possible (in 2 parcels with Japan Post) if you wish to reduce the cost by about $120. Contact us with the chat widget to make such arrangements.