4 Sun 21 Step Akaasa

4 Sun 21 Step Akaasa

4 Sun 21 Step Akaasa This box takes 21 steps to open and features the akaasa pattern. Japanese puzzle boxes are handmade with superb quality. They combine amazing artistry and design with the challenge of puzzle.  There is only one combination to open each box. Sides of the box move or slide to allow other pieces to move as well.  These actions, performed in the right combination will open the lid.  These beautiful boxes are perfect for gifts or wonderful as a conversation piece or keepsake.  The decorative patterns are called Yosegi, which is an elaborate wood mosaic work treasured in Japan since old days.  Making best use of natural fine grains and textures or wood make the mosaic work.  Timbers of different colors are cut into rods and then glued together.  The surface is then sliced into thin plates of wood which are attached to boxes.  Glaze and finish coating are applied to ensure a durable exterior.  The “sun” in the name is a Japanese form of measurement.  Each “sun” is approximately 3 centimetres in box length.  The more steps in the name – the harder it is to open the box.  The last part of the title is the name of the pattern displayed on the box.  Because of the hand-made nature of the box, the picture or pattern may have slight variations. Comes packaged in a cardboard gift box and includes a solution.  This puzzle box is also stamped with the distinctive mark of the designer.

Trying to see how pieces fit and re-assessing where they might go when they don’t fit is a good exercise in checking and re-evaluating choices. Each piece can only go in to one place so there is none of the compromising and trading-off that takes place in so many other aspects of modern life. This forces the player to constantly re-evaluate their decisions, and teaches patience with the process as it is an integral part of the game.

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