To open a Japanese Puzzle Box, you need to find the first panel that you can slide either side to side or up and down. This will then free up another piece to be able to move. And then another… and another…. until you’ve made the 6 moves in the correct order. But where to start?
Hiroyuki Oka makes these puzzle boxes in his own workshop in Hakone where he’s been developing his own designs and style since 2003. He served a 10-year apprenticeship before he started his own business so he is a master craftsman in every sense of the work. But he’s now creating puzzle boxes some traditional and others showcasing his own innovative designs.
The woodworking on this one is traditional Yosegi-zaiku, using many natural woods in the marquetry. The photos are representative of the puzzle boxes but there can be variations in each box depending on where the wood was cut.
Different to many traditional Japanese puzzle boxes, this box is uniquely hexagonal in shape. The actual size outside: about 115mm across and 60mm high. Size inside: 58mm x 35mm x 49mm although the opening is slightly restricted due to the hexagonal shape so you cannot fit something of those exact measurements through it.
Packaged in a white pressboard gift box with a distinctive mauve sayagata patterned lid with some small gold and silver leaf flecks. It has a printed solution inside.