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Common Puzzle Box Terms

Here we have provided you with a series of frequently used Terms used when talking about the Japanese Puzzle Box.

 

Akaasa

Aka=red/crimson/scarlet

asa=flax/linen/hemp

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
 
 
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