Traditional Kaya Go Board with legs
The board being offered here has the highly-prized tenchimasa grain (straight grain going across the top and staight grain going across the bottom). It is rare to find a board of this cut and quality at this price. There are two minor problems with this board.
First, on one of the sides facing a player during a game, there are small areas where the tree was struck by lightning. These are not very prominent and are only apparent on close inspection.
Second, due to a small mishap, it was necessary to shave off a millimeter or so from the bottom surface. As the board had been standing for about 30 years, the color of all the surfaces had mellowed. Since the shaving exposed fresh wood, the color of the bottom surface is a bit different from the other five surfaces. However, over time, the color of this surface will mellow and should match the other surfaces.
These small imperfections are not very prominent and do not detract from the board’s overall attractiveness.
The color of this board is a beautiful golden yellow. The tree from which it was cut was harvested in the late 1960s in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It has been standing as a finished go board for about 30 years in the artisan’s store room, so it is very well seasoned and, with proper care, there is no danger that it will crack or warp.
The board being offered here has the highly-prized tenmasa grain , and it almost has straight grain going across the bottom as well as the sides, so it is very close to the shihomasa grain, which is the finest cut, ranked even above the tenchimasa cut. In this particular board, There is a 3cm-square area where the grain lines are wavy. On the sides facing away from the players, there is a dark grain running through the length of the board . In addition, there is a blotch on the upper left, seen in the image on the bottom right. Other images of this board showing its various surfaces are available on request.
The board offered here is a beautiful golden yellow. The tree from which it was cut was harvested in the 1970s in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. It has been standing as a finished go board for about 20 years in the artisan’s store room, so it is well seasoned and, with proper care, there is no danger that this board will crack or warp.
Kaya Table Board
This beautiful 6-cm thick Hyuga kaya table board is made of five pieces of Hyuga kaya, cut from the same tree. The width of highly-prized masame grain running across the top is quite close, as is typical of kaya harvested in Hyuga. It has a natural finish with a subdued golden yellow hue that highlights this grain. The five pieces have been expertly joined together and finished by a master craftsman.
Over the last four years, there has been a tremendous demand for shell and slate stones from Mainland Chinese. Chinese go players are willing to pay high prices for whatever stones are available. As a result, it has become difficult for Kiseido to obtain these stones. Because of this demand, the main manufacturer of shell and slate stones in Japan will drastically raise their prices in April.
Keyaki, Chinese Quince, and Kusu Bowls
As can be seen from the image below on the left, keyaki is a beautiful wood whose golden brown color is an excellent match with the color of kaya boards. These extra large bowls will hold up to 11.3mm-thick stones.
Chinese quince is a wood with a rich dark color , similar to the island mulberry bowls, but not as expensive. These bowls will hold up to 10.1mm-thick stones.
The kusu bowls above are made from the wood of the camphor (laurel) tree. Its color is a deep orange (or brownish orange).These bowls will hold up to 10.1mm-thick stones.
Island Mulberry Bowls
The finest mulberry bowls are from trees harvested on Mikura Island However, a volcano erupted on neighboring Miyake Island a few years ago, so the trees there can no longer be harvested. Bowls from Mikura Island are highly prized by go-equipment connoisseurs. They have a reddish hue and one of their most appealing characteristics is that they glisten and change color as they are tilted in the light. Kiseido has access to a supply of the Mikura Island bowls crafted by Tagami Sukeshiro, a famous artisan, designated as aJapan National Treasure, who specialized in making bowls used in tea ceremony. His “nom de plume” was Yoshiaki, the characters for which he carved on the back of each bowl he made. He died in the 1990s, well into his 90s. Below are some bowls he carved that are currently available.
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