The board being offered here has the highly-prized tenmasa grain (straight grain going across the top), 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 (See the bottom two images). 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.
Airmail shipping and insurance are included in the price.
If you wish to purchase this board, please consult with our head office in Japan
by email at email@example.com.