Japanese Yosegi Puzzle Box

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US$51.00

The Japanese Secret Puzzle Box was originally created as hiding places for jewellery, coins, and the occasional secret message. Now, it can be a puzzle or gift box as well.

Last updated on 21st May 2018 7:39 pm

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This Japanese Yosegi puzzle box or secret box (himitsu-bako) is made in the Yosegi pattern – a traditional Japanese traditional parquetry using the natural fine grains and textures of wood to create mosaic work.

It may looked like it’s painted but actually each Japanese puzzle box is beautifully handcrafted by Japanese Yosegi masters in Hakone (Japan), using techniques passed down through the generations since the Edo Period. It is a complicated process of repeatedly binding and cutting many colours and species of wood to create elegant mosaic wood patterns. These patterns are in turn, bound and cut into patterns of increasing complexity. This process in repeated to produce a block. The block is then sliced, shrunk and lacquered. It then becomes a thin mosaic wood veneer that is traditionally used to decorate the puzzle box.

Japanese Yosegi Puzzle Box
Japanese Yosegi Puzzle Box

Every Japanese Yosegi puzzle box is a little different in design depending upon how the pieces are applied.

Yosegi Puzzle Box

The Japanese Yosegi puzzle box differs in sizes and number of moves required to open it. The physical length is measured in sun (pronounced “soon”), with one sun equal to about 3 centimetres, hence a “4 sun” box would measure about 12 centimetres (4.7 in) in length.

Yosegi Puzzle Box

Yosegi Puzzle Box

The Yosegi puzzle box shown here is 4.7 x 3.2 x 2.2 inches – a good size to keep some notes and trinkets etc – and is opened in 10 steps. For other sizes and steps, check out more Yosegi puzzle boxes from Amazon or Ebay. You can decide on the difficulty depending on who you are giving the box to as some may see it as a good challenge but some will feel frustrated.

It’s a little pricey, but the excellent workmanship and good fun make it a great gift, especially for a lover of puzzles and Japanese wood crafts.

4 Sun 10 Steps Japanese Puzzle Box, Puzzle Boxes Japan

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Current Price $51.0021st May 2018
Highest Price$158.8420th December 2017
Lowest Price$43.569th December 2017
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$51.0017th May 2018
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Winshare Puzzles and Games

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0792491295545

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0792491295545, 0721405378517

Item Dimensions

Height: 230, Length: 570, Width: 340

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Height: 230, Length: 570, Weight: 35, Width: 340

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1

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4 Sun 10 Steps Japanese Puzzle Box

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