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        by Nagomi ichiban
From Hakone, Kanagawa
Traditional Japanese secret box-Himitsubako.
The first Japanese secret puzzle boxes were designed over 100 years ago in the late Edo period around the Hakone area.  The secret box was originally created as hiding places for jewelry, coins, and occasional secret messages.

Yosegi is not painted.  It is a complicated process of repeatedly binding and cutting numerous colors and specials of wood to create elegantly 
mosaic wood patterns.  These patterns are in turn bound and cut into patterns of increasing complexity.
This process is repeated over and over until a block is produced.  The block is then sliced shrunk and lacquered.  It will eventually create the paper thin
mosaic wood veneer that is traditionally used to 
decorate Himitsu Bako.
 
You can choose from 7 to 27 movements.  You can't 
use the power to open this box.  Don't worry..  We will
enclose English instruction.
Each Yosegi craft is the one of a kind.  There is no
same design because they are all natural wood and
handmade.
 
Yosegi puzzle box
Secret Box -4 sun
           4 movements

A2-02-09
8  x 12 x 5.2 cm H
                       3,300 yen

Hakone puzzle box
Secret Box -4 sun
           7 movements

A2-02-05
8  x 12 x 5.2 cm H
                       3,700 yen

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Secret Box -4 sun
           12 movements

A2-02-06
8  x 12 x 5.2 cm H
                       4,300 yen

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Secret Box -4 sun
           14 movements

A2-02-07
8  x 12 x 5.2 cm H
                       4,500 yen

a2-02-09rs.jpg
Secret Box -4 sun
           21 movements

A2-02-04
8  x 12 x 5.2 cm H
                       6,300 yen

Hakone secret yosegi box
Secret Box -5 sun
           10 movements

A2-02-10
8  x 12 x 5.2 cm H
                       6,000 yen

Hakone secret puzzle box yosegi
Secret Box -5 sun
           21 movements

A2-02-02
9.8  x 15 x 6.5 cm H
                       6,900 yen

Japanese secret puzzle box
Secret Box -5 sun
           27 movements

A2-02-01
9.8  x 15 x 6.5 cm H
                      7,800  yen