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Japanese secret opening puzzle box 4 Sun 10 Step Kirichigae pattern


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A traditional Japanese puzzle box made in the Hakone region of Japan by Himitsu-Bako Master craftsman.

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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.

This puzzle has the same 10 steps as the well known Koyosegi pattern boxes.
But box is the Kirichigae pattern. Kiri means to cut, slice or carve. Chigai means to be different. The design name literally means "different cut". This name is given to several patterns by different craftsmen.  On our website you can see examples of 5 Sun & also a 6 Sun box with examples of Kirichigae pattern that look quite different to 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.

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
This puzzle box comes in a lovely blue press board gift box with solution included.

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Difficulty Level 4
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