Shin Kaya 2" Go Game Table Board (Goban)

$84.59
4 reviews

Brand: Yellow Mountain Imports

In color, weight, and overall appearance it, Shin Kaya is remarkably similar in appearance to genuine Kaya. This board will impress without carrying the full cost of a Kaya. This board is made with several pieces of wood joined together, preventing warping and ensuring that the visible surfaces show the best face of the wood. Pieces are expertly selected and joined together to appear almost seamless. The lines are individually hand drawn.

Most shin-kaya (Japanese for "alternative kaya") boards from Japan or Korea are made of spruce wood from Alaska or Siberia. Our shin-kaya Go boards are made of Tibet spruce wood from Yunnan Province in southern China. This type of wood is called picea asperata in Latin and is sometimes called "dragon spruce" or "Tibet Spruce".


  • One 2" (50mm) thick shin kaya table board (goban). This board is made of 2-4 solid pieces of wood joined together to prevent warping over time. Please note, because of the nature of wood, the grain will be similar but not identical to the pictures.
  • Board is Japanese standard size (21.5mm x 23mm grids) and measures 18.1" x 16.9" x 2" (460mm x 430mm x 50mm). Playing field is 19x19.
  • Booklet on how to play go, "The Way to Go", by Karl Baker.
  • Please see our other listings for Go sets and stones!

Item YN-TS001-A
UPC 894887001188
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DS
03/02/2020
David S.
United States United States
cheaper quality than I expected

I was very disappointed in the quality of this board. It seems like the wood grain is just a cheap laminate put over some kind of particle board. This may not be the case, I don't know for sure and I am not going to put a hole in it to find out, but it certainly looks and feels like it is the case, so it may as well be. For more than $80 I expected much, much better. You can see pixelation on the printing of the star points. It looks as though the wood grain is printed on it along with the grid. Just over all way below the quality I was expecting. The pictures here make it look much better than it is in reality.

J
03/19/2018
Justin
Disappointing, but functional

I was almost immediately worried with this board as soon as I picked up the box it was in. It is very light for a 2" board. The board looks very little like the one in the picture and is made of a large grained pine of some kind and not the tight grained kaya looking wood in the photo. The board came with a few dents in it out of the box (the packaging was good and I do not believe these happened in transit) and feels soft to the touch so I expect it will be getting many many more dents in it. The grid appears to be a bit fuzzy, my guess is that this is a result of the soft wood or lazy manufacturing (or both), but the finish does appear to be pretty nice. The softness of the wood also means that stones do not make a very satisfying sound when played. If you thought $83 for a 2" board seemed cheap that is because it is. This board will play, but I'm worried about its durability. If you are looking at this board in hopes of getting yourself a really nice board, I'd move on. If you want something that works and looks ok for cheap you could do worse.

DR
03/13/2017
Daniel R.
United States
Nice board, minor shipping damage

The board is beautiful, it almost looks like it's a single piece board and not multiple pieces. I like the color of the finish, the grain is pleasant and earthy, and the grid just looks so clean and solid. Stones softly click onto the surface. My only complaint, and this is probably less the fault of YMI than it is of the shipping service, is that it arrived with a small sort of gouge in the bottom and one corner dented. Otherwise a good experience.

DR
03/13/2017
Daniel R.
United States
Nice board, minor shipping damage

The board is beautiful, it almost looks like it's a single piece board and not multiple pieces. I like the color of the finish, the grain is pleasant and earthy, and the grid just looks so clean and solid. Stones softly click onto the surface. My only complaint, and this is probably less the fault of YMI than it is of the shipping service, is that it arrived with a small sort of gouge in the bottom and one corner dented. Otherwise a good experience.