This awesome goban set came to Baduk Club from a private home in Tokyo. The owner says, "I have multiple boards so I never use it. There is just a small scratch on one side about 2cm."
The board is 8cm thick, and stands 20cm tall on legs. It has a pleasant yellow color that is easy on the eyes. The endgrain is dense and wavy and looks like textbook Kaya. It is a Hagi board, made of multiple pieces - this helps prevent warping, which can occur when a board this thin is made from a single piece.
The corners and edges are in great condition. Based on change in hue on the sides, my guess is that there was a table board lid that was used to cover the top of the board for a long time. Overall the board is in great shape with the exception of a small scratch on the side (please see the photos for details) that should be minimized by a fresh treatment of paste wax. Visit my Care Instructions to learn more. It would be good to wax the board, at minimum, unless your climate is as humid as Japan's.
The bowls look like Cherry, but could be Keyaki (zelkova). They come with a protective storage box made of Paulownia. The stones are slate and shell, about size 30 (8mm). There are 181 pieces of each color, plus four black spares.
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.