Kiseido is offering a special selection of luxury go equipment discounted from|
the regular prices posted on our web site at http://www.kiseidopublishing.com/go_equipment.htm .
These items are available only from Kiseido's head office in Japan.
Prices are posted in US dollars. Credit card orders will be charged
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Kaya is a special wood ideally suited for use as a go board together with shell and slate stones, as the wood is neither too hard nor too soft. It also has a beautiful golden-yellow color that mellows with age.|
Kiseido has a limited number of 6-cm thick Kaya table boards that we can offer at a steep discount. Previously Kiseido sold these boards for $1,100, but due to special circumstances, for a limited time we can offer them at the special price of $825.00, including shipping.
Shell & Slate Stones
To order any of the above sets of stones, please consult with our head office in Japan by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Besides thickness, the white stones are classified into two grades: yuki and jitsuyo. Yuki stones have many grains which run straight across the top. Jitsuyo stones have either irregular or indistinct grain lines. For the regular prices of other grades and thicknesses, please go to Kiseido's go-equipment page at http://www.kiseidopublishing.com/go_equipment.htm.
Keyaki and Kaya Go Bowls
|Item||Regular Price||Discount Price|
|T378L: Keyaki Go Bowls||US$340||US$280|
|T378EL: Keyaki Go Bowls||US$400||US$350|
As can be seen from the image below, keyaki is a beautiful wood whose golden brown color is an excellent match with the color of kaya boards. The extra large bowls will hold up to 11.3mm-thick set of stones. T378L will hold up to 10.0mm-thick stones.|
|Item||Regular Price||Discount Price|
|T384EL: Kaya Go Bowls||US$430||US$320|
|Kaya is the preferred wood for the finest go boards, but it is quite rare for this wood to be used for go bowls. The set here (above) was made to accommodate a set of shell and slate stones stones from 10.7 mm thick (S38) up to 11.3 mm thick (S40).|
The finest mulberry go bowls are carved from trees harvested on Mikura
Island, part of an island chain bout 200 km south of Tokyo. Unfortunately, a
volcano erupted on neighboring Miyake Island a few decades 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, highlighting their various grain patterns.|
Tagami Sukeshiro was a famous artisan who was designated as a Japan National Treasure. He specialized in making bowls used in tea ceremony, but in the 1970s and 1980s, he crafted a number of go bowls made from Mikura Island mulberry. His "nom de plume" was Yoshiaki, the characters for which he carved on the back of each set of bowls he made. He died in the 1990s, well into his 90s.
Only three pairs of these bowls remain and Kiseido has obtained two pairs of them, which are shown in the images below. Each pair comes with a paulownia box in which they can be stored.
T383XL: Mikura Island Mulberry Bowls $2,100
These bowls will accommodate stones up to 10.7mm thick
T383L: Mikura Island Mulberry Bowls $1,900
These bowls will accommodate stones up to 9.8mm thick
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