Common Puzzle Box Terms
Here we have provided you with a series of frequently used Terms used when talking about the Japanese Puzzle Box.
Aka Fuji Fuji refers to Mt. Fuji (see the above picture) Hanko Seal used for the Craftsman's signature Hakone Japanese town where Himitsu Bako are crafted Hana Flower/Petals Himitsu Bako Himitsu means Secret and Bako means Box Ichimatsu A checked pattern Jindaisaya Jindai means "Ancient Time" and Saya is Traditional Japanese pattern Kagome Woven Bamboo Wood Kaminari Fuji Kaminari=lightning/thunder Fuji=Mt. Fuji Karakuri Mechanism/Trick/Device Katsura Japanese Judas Tree Kikkou Tortoise shell pattern Kirichigai Kire=to cut Chigai=different Kisaya Ki=yellow Saya=Traditional Japanese pattern Koyosegi Many yosegi samples that are connected or joined creating a much larger pattern Kumiki Traditional japanese wooden puzzle toys Kuroasa Kuro=black or dark Asa=hemp Mame Mame=Bean and generally refers to a smaller box (usually 1 Sun or minature) Maru Circle Momiji Maple or Autumn colors Muku Purity Nami Wave Ran Random Ruiji Resemblance or similarity Sakura Cherry Blossom or Cherry Tree Sansui Mountain Lake Seigaiha A wave design made of the arches of concentric circles superimposed upon one another so that only the upper portion of each set of circles is visible. Sun Referring to size of the box (1 Sun = 1.22 inches) Tobrizuru Usually used in reference to flying Geese or Cranes in Zougan marquetry Utamaro Woodblock artists famous for Ukiyoe style prints Uroko Scale (of fish) Yabane Arrow feathers Yosegi or Yoseki Yoseru=To put aside/gather Ki=Wood Zougan Japanese traditional handicraft or marquetry