Our Fancy: Japanese Puzzle Boxes

Japanese puzzle boxes were designed a century and a half ago – mainly to store workman’s tools. Some are now being crafted by Kenji Nakazato in Hakone, Tokyo at the Izumiya company as extraordinary, decorative novelties.

An original Super Cubi 324-step Yosegi Muku to keep the bored busy.

72-step Japanese puzzle box .

5-Sun 21-step puzzle box

4-Sun Japanese puzzle box

Marc Weber is visiting a store which specializes in Japanese puzzle boxes – all requiring some expertise in opening – some boxes have up to 1500 or more moves and sliding panels. You can see the designer Kenji, demonstrate opening a 72-step box in the video below:

– altered by Hystoria

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