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Japanese trick opening puzzle box 4 Sun 10 Step



Japanese trick opening puzzle box 4 Sun 10 Step

To open a Japanese puzzle box one or more sliding panels hidden within the patterns on the box must be moved.   There are 10 separate moves or 10 steps to open this trick opening puzzle box.
A fantastic way to prolong the excitement of giving a gift.  Imagine Dad on Father's Day or you brother at Christmas trying to open this one.

Traditional Japanese secret opening boxes were first made in the Hakone region about the 1890's by master woodworker Ryugoro Okawa and are decorated with a veneer called yosegi zaiku marquetry.  Today the youngest of the Himitsu-Bako Master craftsman is about 60 years old.  This very precise process starts with gluing different coloured woods together to form the desired pattern.  Then very thin sheets called zuku are shaved with a special plane and glued on to the puzzle.

In May 1984, Hakone-Yosegi-Zaiku was designated a national traditional handicraft by the International Trade & Industry Minister of Japan

Because each puzzle box is handmade in Japan the pattern on each one will be very similar but may vary slightly from the photo shown here. 

Size:  4 Sun (a traditional unit of measure to denote length) 
Actual size outside: 120mm x 83mm x 52mm  
Space inside:  80mm x 63mm x 38mm 









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