The size of each box is measures in a traditional Japanese
unit called "Sun" One "Sun" equals 1.2 Inches - See Chart Below
Our puzzle boxes are each
individually handcrafted in the city of Hakone, Japan and imported by us
directly from the artists offering the best quality and pricing available. The
skills have been passed down through the generations since the Edo Period. Each
box comes with instructions on how to open the box, but give it a try first.
The steps required to open the box are only the first half of the story. The second art form is the fine inlay work that goes into each box. The Hakone area is famous throughout Japan for the wide variety of trees that are native to the area. The wood from these trees provide a colorful palette from which the artists are able to work without the need of stain, paint, or dye to produce the inlay work. These various woods are carefully aged then cut into thin pieces in many different shapes. The pieces are then assembled to create a small repeating pattern. This process is repeated over and over and the patterns are joined together to make one large piece. This final piece is shaved across the grain to produce a fine veneer which is then glued to the surfaces of the puzzle boxes.