This goban came to Baduk Club from a furniture reseller in Kagawa, Japan. It could easily be mistaken for Kaya, but we believe it to be Shinkaya.
The board is 17.5cm thick, and stands 30cm tall on legs. It has an even yellow color and it weighs 14kg. It is a quarter-sawn board, a Shihou-masa cut. This is the absolute highest rated cutting style for go boards, as it creates straight lines on all of the surfaces. This is only possible with the largest of trees. There are nice waves to the endgrain, reminiscent of Kaya.
The surface of the board is easy on the eyes and no cross-grains interfere with the clean look. It has a traditional raised-lacquer grid. The board edges and corners are in excellent condition. Some white wax residue on the sides is a good sign that the board was cared for, and will clear up with reapplication of wax.
The paulownia lid has done its job to protect the board. It has a patina from age and some odd coloration where some square items were stored on top of it for a long time.
Visit my Care Instructions to learn more about caring for this board.
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 board, Surface shipping is not recommended, but it is possible (in 2 parcels with Japan Post) if you wish to reduce the cost by about $100. Contact us with the chat widget to make such arrangements.