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54 step + 1 Japanese puzzle box 6 Sun


6 Sun 54 Step Designs

54 step + 1 Japanese puzzle box 6 Sun

To open this Japanese puzzle box you must slide hidden panels in order.  There are 36 moves to make in the correct order and still this box holds one more secret.   One more move is required to find the second secret compartment. 

The Hakone Mountains of Japan are noted for their great variety of trees. Hakone-Yosegi-Zaiku is a inlaid mosaic woodwork unique to this area and takes advantage of this wide variety of natural wood colors and textures to produce their elaborate geometric patterns.

Yosegi-Zaiku handicrafts were being made in the Hakone area more than 1000 years ago in the Heian period and Personal Secret Boxes (Himitsu-Bako) using the inlaid mosaic technique were developed over 100 years ago (1890's) in the region.   5 and 6 Sun (Sun being a traditional unit of measure to denote length - 3.03cm to be exact) secret opening puzzle boxes with 54 and 66 steps were some of the first made.  These puzzle boxes were sought after by people in Japanese high society not only to keep important documents safe but as a beautiful work of art.

As time has gone on "easier" versions like 7, 10, 21 or 36 steps (if you can just call 36 steps easier!) have been developed as these puzzle boxes have become syonymous with the Hakone region of Japan.   We have sourced these boxes directly from the maker in Hakone.

We currently have 6 different colours and designs to choose from however in some cases we have just one of a particular colour and stock levels are constantly changing.  Choose your preference from the list "6 Sun 54 Step Designs".  We strive to keep that list updated as stocks change.  Designs are allocated on a first ordered basis.  The number of skilled artisans trained in this traditional technique is very limited and we could not guarantee that a particular sold out design will be restocked in future.

Size:  6 Sun
Actual size outside: 185mm x 125mm x 95mm
Space inside:  132mm X 105mm X 65mm
Space inside extra compartment is really only for paper or coins or something like that. Size: 140mm x 80mm x 3mm
Packaged in a pressboard gift box with a solution inside.

Partly opened (this exact design may not be available at present).











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