people are tired of giving the same old gifts like gift
cards for special occasions and are looking for a unique
gift. One gift you may want to consider is a Japanese
puzzle box. These boxes are beautiful wood boxes that
have a secret.
a Japanese Puzzle Box?
boxes are also referred to as a himitsu-bako which literally translates to Personal Secret Box. They have been in existence for over 100 years
and have been traced back to a region in Japan called
Hakone. They are wood boxes that at first glance look
like a box that is just beautifully decorated. However
upon further examination of the box the recipient will
soon learn that the box holds a secret.
secret is the box opens. There are designed to have an
enigma type effect. This means that they will first peak
your curiosity and then draw you in by the benign look
of the boxes. Once you have begun to work the box
however you will learn that it is deceptively difficult.
One reason is because they were intentional designed
when given specific instructions on how to open the box
it is difficult. This is because the beautifully inlayed
wood creates a design that often makes it very difficult
just figuring out which side is the top. They do however
range in levels of difficulty which depends on how many
moves are require for opening the box.
Some of the less difficult boxes to open take as
few as twelve moves and the most difficult box known to
exist requires 325 moves to open the box.
giving a puzzle box to someone who is inexperienced with
them you may want to start them off with a box with
fewer steps to open it. Starting someone off with a box
that is too complicated may frustrate them and leave
them uninterested in trying to complete the puzzle. The
goal is to challenge them without deflating them.
great thing about giving a puzzle box is once the
recipients understand it you can make it a tradition to
supply them with a new one each year and steadily
increasing the difficulty. The Japanese puzzle box makes
a great unique gift. The box itself is beautifully
decorated and would make a nice gift all by itself but
itís the box's secret that makes it completely unique.