This 20cm thick goban came to Baduk Club from an bookstore in Hyogo. It is one of the thickest boards you will see. It has a very warm color and could be confused for Kaya, if not for the incredibly uniform growth lines and the lighter weight. It was originally purchased in 1983 so someone took good care of it for a very long time.
It weighs in at 16kg. The end-grain is the most preferred cut (shihou-masa), which provides parallel lines along the ends, the playing surface, and the underside. The grid-lines are slightly raised, a result of being hand-lacquered by tachimori.
The sides have cross-grains on a cut like this. I do not have photos of the sides so I do not know the exact condition, but the edges and corners all look very good so I think the board was well-cared for. Even the original paper box cover is in good shape. Once it has been scrubbed clean and a new layer of paste wax has been applied, this board will really shine.
The bowls look like Cherry with a high-gloss finish, or could be Quince.
The stones are slate and shell, with their original boxes as well. Although the box says size 34, the actual measurements are closer to size 35. I do not know the grade but it seems like a mix of Utility and Moon, and it is a full set of 181 black and 180 white. They probably haven't been cleaned in ages, please visit my Care Instructions to learn more about doing that.
FedEx International Priority shipping to the US from Japan is already included in the purchase price for free, a $300 service that reduces the actual transit time to only 5 business days. This does represent a huge piece of the overall cost, but is necessary given the board's size. The upside is that a FedEx box has sufficient room for padding in order to avoid shipping damage. A FedEx tracking number will be provided that you can use to sign up for notifications.
Please understand that this is a vintage item, so it is sold in an as-is condition.