Kuroki Goishi Ten
Kuroki Goishi Ten (黒木碁石店) has been a pioneer in the sale of high-quality Go equipment via the internet directly from Japan. Kuroki is a manufacturer and the prices are substantially lower than what one would expect from other retail channels.
Hirotaka Kuroki (黒木 宏高 Kuroki Hirotaka), the webmaster, maintains both English and Japanese websites and advertises separate specials on these. It is strongly recommended that customers browse both websites for Kuroki's specials of the month. The Japanese pages are more frequently updated.
Kuroki Goishi Ten was established in 1971 by Soujiro Kuroki (黒木宗次郎 Kuroki Sōjirō). As of 2005, the owner of the company is Kazushi Kuroki (黒木一士 Kuroki Kazushi).
Kuroki does not speak English and needs to have his foreign correspondence translated. Assuming that he is not travelling, the customer can expect an average turnaround of two days for a response.
For international transactions, the company accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express. Shipping costs vary depending on weight and destination. It is recommended that customers contact KGT via email or fax to inquire about these.
Keep in mind that some countries may charge VAT. The United States does not charge VAT on orders from KGT.