The Yosegi pattern on this box hides even the slot where you put your money in to the money box. First you must find that. Perhaps you’ll even have trouble finding the slot to put the money in. And its not one of the 9 steps to open they puzzle box and retreive your money!
This one is an excellent idea for people who want to give a little gift of money but add a little challenge to extend the excitement and fun. You don’t have to do all 9 moves and solve the puzzle to get the money inside (see dimensions below) but they will!
Japanese people have been storing valuables inside these type of secret opening boxes for more than 250 years so it makes sense to use it as a money box.
Mr Puzzle imports these puzzle boxes directly from the craftsmen working in the Hakone region of Japan. The yosegi pattern is still made in the traditional way so the pattern on each box is similar but may vary slightly. The yosegi work is particularly pretty on this one with a wide variety of patterns. And the puzzle comes in a lovely lilac colour pressboard box so it would make a lovely christening gift, mothers day present, 21st birthday gift; something that is a keepsake forever. But we must say these puzzles are not made to be a robust toy so please keep that in mind. They are a delicate artwork in their own right. The fit is precise but panels that are designed to move will move smoothly when everything is lined up correctly so please do not use excessive force to try to move something.
Size: 4 Sun (a traditional unit of measure to denote length)
Actual size outside: 120mm x 83mm x 52mm Space inside: 85mm x 62mm x 38mm
The money slot is 30mm wide and 3-4mm high. I could fit 16 sheets of standard paper in the slot.
For Australian customers, our 50 cent coin is too wide to fit in the slot and in thickness the $2 coin just fits.