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("Sun" is an old Japanese unit of measure, equal to about 3 cm, or 1 and 3/16 inches.  So the 2 Sun 7 Move box is about 6 cm long and requires 7 moves to open.  "Mame" means "bean" in Japanese.)

 
2 Sun 10 Move (Namiura) Japanese Puzzle Box
2 Sun 10 Move
(Namiura)
$49
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2 Sun 2 Move Coin Bank Japanese Puzzle Box
2 Sun 2 Move
Coin Bank
$32
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Mame 14 Move Japanese Puzzle Box
Mame 14 Move
$39

~ SOLD OUT ~
Mame 14 Move (Kuzushi) Japanese Puzzle Box
Mame 14 Move
(Kuzushi)
$39
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Mame 4 Sun Drawer Japanese Puzzle Box
Mame 4 Move
Drawer
$39
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Mame 12 Move Japanese Puzzle Box
Mame 12 Move
$69
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2 Sun 4 Move Cube Japanese Puzzle Box
2 Sun 4 Move
Cube
$32
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2 Sun 4 Move Cube (Kuzushi) Japanese Puzzle Box
2 Sun 4 Move
Cube (Kuzushi)
$35
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2 Sun 7 Move Cube Japanese Puzzle Box
2 Sun 7 Move
Cube
$39
~ SOLD OUT ~

 

 

 

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2 Sun 4 Move
Cube with Drawer
$45

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2.7 Sun 12 Move Japanese Puzzle Box
2.7 Sun 12 Move
$49
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2.7 Sun 12 Move Japanese Puzzle Box
2.7 Sun 12 Move
(Kirichigae)
$49
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3 Sun 4 Move Japanese Puzzle Box
3 Sun 4 Move
(Ichimatsu)
$42
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4 Sun 4 Move
$50

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4 Sun 4 Move (Kirichigae) Japanese Puzzle Box
4 Sun 4 Move
(Kirichigae)
$59

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4 Sun 7 Move Japanese Puzzle Box
4 Sun 7 Move
$55

~ SOLD OUT ~

 

4 Sun 9 Move Coin Bank Japanese Puzzle Box
4 Sun 9 Move
Coin Bank
$59

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4 Sun 12 Move
Coin Bank
$59

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4 sun 14 move Japanese puzzle box
4 Sun 14 Move
$65

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4 Sun 21 Move Japanese Puzzle Box
4 Sun 21 Move
$79

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4 Sun 7 Move "Maze" Japanese Puzzle Box
4 Sun 7 Move "Maze"
$89

~ SOLD OUT ~

 

3 Sun 14 Move Cube Japanese Puzzle Box
3 Sun 14 Move
Cube
$79

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4 Sun 27 Move (Sansui Kagome) Japanese Puzzle Box
4 Sun 27 Move
(Sansui Kagome)
$169

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4 Sun 27 Move (Bird Kagome) Japanese Puzzle Box
4 Sun 27 Move
(Bird Kagome)
$169

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Cube 18 Move
$130

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Pentagon 6 Move Japanese Puzzle Box
Pentagon 6 Move
$95
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4 Sun 12 Move (Double) Japanese Puzzle Box
4 Sun 12 Move
(Double)
$79

~ SOLD OUT ~
4 Sun 4 Compartment Japanese Puzzle Box
4 Sun 4 Compartment
$89

~ SOLD OUT ~

 

 

 
5 sun 21 move Japanese puzzle box
5
Sun 21 Move
$120

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5 sun 10 move Japanese puzzle box with sound drawer
5
Sun 10 Move with Sound Drawer
$125

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5 Sun 10 Move (Zougan) Japanese Puzzle Box
5
Sun 10 Move (Zougan)
$199

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5 Sun 27 Move Japanese Puzzle Box
5 Sun 27 Move
$179

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5 Sun 36 Move Japanese Puzzle box
5 Sun 36 Move
$199

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5 Sun 36 Move (Kirichigae) Japanese Puzzle Box
5 Sun 36 Move
(Kirichigae)
$199

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5 Sun 36 Move Japanese Puzzle Box
5 Sun 36 Move
(Yabane)
$199

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Secret House
$179

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5 Sun 14 Move (Double) Japanese Puzzle Box
5 Sun 14 Move
(Double)
$120

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6 sun 54 move Japanese puzzle box
6 Sun 54 Move
$450

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7 Sun 78 Move Japanese Puzzle Box
7 Sun 78 Move
$540

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~  Each one of our Japanese Puzzle Boxes is handcrafted using traditional techniques.

~  The outer surface isn't painted - it's created by the natural colors of different types of wood.

~  Each Japanese Puzzle Box comes with instructions.

 

Himitsu-Bako (Personal Secret Box)

The Himitsu-Bako is a traditional Japanese puzzle box, which was developed over 100 years ago in the Hakone region of Japan.  Hakone was a relay station on the main road to Edo (present-day Tokyo), and the puzzle boxes were popular souvenirs for travelers.

Today there are only 9 National Master Craftsmen producing Himitsu-Bako in the Hakone region.  The youngest is over 60 years old.  It is impossible to say whether this magnificent artwork will survive to another generation.

 

Yosegi-Zaiku Woodwork

Yosegi-Zaiku marquetry is a form of inlaid and mosaic woodwork unique to the Hakone region of Japan.  The Hakone Mountains are famous for their great variety of trees.  The Yosegi-Zaiku geometric pattern is formed by binding together different colors of wood.  Shaved off with a special plane, very thin sheets of wood are then used as an outside finish for various handicrafts - like the Japanese puzzle boxes known as Himitsu-Bako.

 

Zougan Woodwork

Zougan means "marquetry."  This art form originated about 3000 years ago in Egypt.  It then traveled through Persia, India, China, and Japan, where the technique has been handed down by generations of Master Craftsmen.

In the Hakone region of Japan, the Zougan technique takes advantage of the wide variety of trees and the natural colors of their wood.  Different woods are inlaid to form a picture block, which is then planed into thin sheets and applied to the outside of various handicrafts, including secret boxes.

 

Trees of Hakone

Different trees produce the different colored woods used in Yosegi-Zaiku and Zougan woodwork.

White - Dogwood, spindle tree
Yellow - Japanese lacquer tree, wax tree, sumac
Light Brown - Japanese pagoda tree, walnut tree, camphor tree
Dark Brown - Persimmon
Reddish Brown - Cherry tree, jindai of zelkova tree
Gray - Japanese white bark magnolia
Black - Black persimmon tree, jindai of Japanese Judas tree

Jindai refers to a tree which has been buried by landslide or volcanic activity for a long period of time.  When dug up and exposed to air, the wood color turns very dark, but retains the original wood grain.

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For handcrafted wood and stone boxes (of the non-puzzle variety), please visit our other web site, Jim Thomson's Wood and Stone Boxes.

Pandora's Puzzle Boxes
15590 Poverty Pond Road
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone Toll-Free 1-877-PUZZLEBOX
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