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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