Posted by: softypapa | February 7, 2008

Portable Japan Go Board and Stones – Vintage Goban Set

Portable Japan Go Board Stones Vintage Goban Set Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Portable Japan Go Board Stones Vintage Goban Set Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Portable Japan Go Board Stones Vintage Goban Set Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Portable Japan Go Board Stones Vintage Goban Set Japanese Tokaido Softypapa

Portable Japan Go Board Stones Vintage Goban Set Japanese Tokaido Softypapa


Portable Japan Go Board Stones Vintage Goban Set Japanese Tokaido Softypapa 


This portable Japanese go set includes a folding wooden board and two plastic bowls with black and white stones.  The board and stones are less than 30 years old and in good condition though both have marks and scratches from past use and wear a darkened patina of age.

Size of Go board:
Height: 0.7 inches (1.8 centimeters)
Width: 9.5 inches (24.4 centimeters)
Length: 10.1 inches (25.8 centimeters)
Weight (board and stones): 27.6 ounces (789 grams)

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More about the game of Go

When I was about ten years old my father came home one day with a new board game which he intended to teach my brother and I to play.  The game board was made of wood with equally spaced lines running across the surface in a pattern which created dozens of small squares.  The game was played with pieces that resembled small black and white stones, which were separated by color and stored in two small wooden bowls.  The rules of the game were simple, and within an hour after supper that evening my father and I were engaged in our first game of Go together.  Years later, during my first visit to Japan I was delighted to spot groups of old men playing Go out in the open in public parks.  After moving to Japan I began to notice Go halls here and there in my community, where fans of the game would gather to compete on an amateur level.  I spotted Go columns in the newspaper and even saw professional games aired on television!  Truly this game, which had been a novel and exotic pastime in my youth, was a serious affair in Japan and, as I would later learn, most of China and Korea as well as with ardent fans the world over!

The game of Go has its roots in China where it was developed roughly 4,000 years ago.  The game spread to Korea and eventually to Japan when Buddhist priests brought the game with them from the continent in the 5th century.  Largely unchanged since ancient times, the rules are simplicity themselves and can be learned in less than an hour, while the strategy and tactics needed to master the game can take a lifetime to master.  The object is simply to lay claim to as much board space as possible before the match is declared over by mutual consent of both players.  Territory is marked out by placing one’s stones upon the board at points where the lines intersect such that a boundary of stones is created around the area one wishes to claim.  But beware, for your opponent may try to block your progress or even muscle in on your space through strategic placement of their own stones or by deliberate offensive moves meant to capture yours!  The decisions, maneuvers and sacrifices of the game in many ways create a black and white map of wits upon the board which has earned the game the nickname “hand conversation”.  Top Go players often begin their careers at a young age and even today in Japan it is not uncommon for budding champions to take up residence in the home of their master as they prepare for their debut upon the professional Go circuit.

More photos below!

item code: R1S6-0003879
ship code: G3



  1. Are you selling this go set ?

    If so, how much (including S&H to Seattle, WA 98122) –

    Thanks –

    Rabindranath Darling
    Apple Certified Technician
    Mobile (anytime): #206/335-0980

  2. i came by from google, this is a great site i will be visiting very often.
    i’m Jason Tom , now working in Tuscaloosa .Very glad to know you here.

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