The Box with a Ribbon

by Mike on June 17, 2011

Yesterday I received a shipment of Puzzle Boxes including “The Box with a Ribbon” by Akio Kamei.This was my first exposure to this popular himitsu bako, even though it was designed way back in early 1996. To be frank, I made the purchase solely on my attraction to the bow on the box and knowing that it was an authentic piece by one of the best master craftsmen in Japan. I had heard by others, prior to my purchase,  that it was an easier piece to solve but REALLY liked the presentation of the puzzle.

Unwrapping and examining the box, I did not read the full description by Kamei and attempted to pull or shift the ribbon, as it appears that the lid will lift easily. No luck there. 🙁   When shaken, I could hear the Oak wood body rattle against the lid but it would not lift off. The beautiful walnut bow spins freely as described getting you nowhere on solving the mystery of the trick box.

It took me only 5 minutes to solve it, a bit too simple to my liking but probably one of the most desirably looking boxes I own. Simple to solve but elegantly designed and crafted. I was VERY happy of the larger secret compartment though, measuring a roomy 3.25 x 2.75 x 2.38 inches.

Appearing as a present, this particular puzzle makes a fantastic vessel for keepsakes or gifting valuables inside. This box is stamped with Akio Kamei’s hanko on the base and will include the traditional Kamei gift box and instructions.
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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Albert Conrad March 15, 2015 at 9:41 am

I recently came across this box at a yard sale. It is not an original as it does not have the stamp on the bottom. I would really like to have the solution to open this box.




Sandra January 9, 2013 at 6:31 pm

I have been searching endlessly for the Kamei Bow Box Wooden Puzzle if anyone knows where I may find it for sale I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance


Mike January 9, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Hi Sandra,
We do have several left available on our website at
Please email us if you have any additional questions:-)


Sandra January 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Hi I searched the web site and found the Kamei Ribbon box which is a square box. I am looking for the Kamei Bow Box which is rectangular and didn’t see that on the website. If you can send me a link if it is there I would greatly appreciate it, I had one and it was sentimental and unfortunately it was destroyed in a fire and would love to replace the item. Thank you again for your help.


Mike January 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Thanks for clarifying. I no longer have the Bow Box by Kamei unfortunately. Some of his older pieces are extremely hard to find. I do have one of his Pile of Disk boxes and the Impossible box along with some others but not the Bow Box..sorry. Hopefully someone else out there can help:-)


Sandra January 12, 2013 at 6:51 am

Hi still searching for that box. Would you happen to know if that one comes back in stock or has it been out for sometime now. Thanks I appreciate your input.

Mike November 4, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Thank you for your inquiry. Lately we have been inundated with solution requests for hundreds of puzzles. It is with great regret that we no longer are able to provide this service:-(


Michael rocky Johnson September 22, 2012 at 10:09 pm

We saved a kamei ribbon ribbon from a dumpster ,the box doesn’t. Have the stamp on bottom, but sure looks like the ones online.would please help us open it up. Cheers,mike & taryn


Mike September 22, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Thank you for your question. Without the stamp, I am confident that it is a reproduction box. I will send you a solution sheet to your email address. Have a great week!


Mike January 12, 2013 at 8:38 am

Unfortunately I do not know if this box will ever be re-crafted. It has not been available for quite a long time. Sorry:-(


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