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The harvesting of a Kaya tree
Beautiful, well-defined ring patterns, great flexibility, an amazing natural
oil-rich gloss, and a pleasant scent have earned Japanese Kaya wide recognition
as a premium Go board wood. The Kaya wood produced in Hyuga is of the highest
quality, and is highly prized.
Great temperature differences from season to season, ample rainfall, and the
intense sunshine available in Hyuga all contribute to the development of Kaya's
well defined rings. In addition, trees grown on Hyuga soil grow particularly
slowly. The resulting narrow width and high density of the rings adds greatly
to the beauty of the wood. It is no wonder that Go boards made of Hyuga Kaya
are often used in important Gotitle games.
A craftsman carving the lines on a board
of Go Board wood
|These boards are made from wood selected for extremely high quality as can
be seen in the evenness and clarity of their rings. The beauty of the wood combined
with an excellent "uchiaji" or "feel" when snapping stones in place is sure to
satisfy. There are three kinds of Masame board which vary according to the part
of the log from which the boards were taken: ???, ???, and ???.
||While Itame boards are ranked a cut below Masame boards, they are still of
very high quality. An Itame board of the Kiura (tree back) type displays its
inner face (the face of the block closest to the heart of the tree) on its playing
surface. Kiura boards never display flaws or knots on any face and offer a somewhat
more affordable alternative to Masame boards.
||An Itame board of the Kiomote (tree front) type displays its outer face (the
face of the block that was closer to the bark of the tree) on its playing surface.
These boards sometimes have flaws on their undersides, but never on the playing
surface or on the sides. Although they lack the perfection of Masame and Kiura
boards, Kiomote type Itame boards offer the satisfying feel of Japanese Kaya
at fraction of the cost.