Marquetry box (Hakone Yosegi Zaiku)


It took almost 4 years for the craftsman to make this marquetry box for me. The box is large enough to store A4 papers in it and he said that it had been particularly difficult to make such a large box because the marquetry sheet had to be evenly and beautifully made. He normally makes smaller objects, so he can get away with little scratch marks etc by placing the damaged area at a corner or where it can be cut off.

The pattern must be already familiar to you, I suppose. It is 麻の葉模様 or linen leaf design, which we believe it keeps away bad spirits from those people who possess it.

It is not cheap, but I would say it is relatively reasonable considering how difficult it is to make this sized box with marquetry.






Should you have any queries or if you are interested in purchasing any of them, please feel free to contact us. We can also ship them overseas by EMS after confirming your payment by Paypal.

Alternatively if you happen to be in Tokyo, you can visit us in Aoyama

How to visit us in Tokyo?

The shop is only 1min walk from Gaienmae station exit 1b on Ginza line Tokyo Metro.

If you are a visitor to Japan, please bring your passport, so you can claim for tax free!

MA by So Shi Te

2-22-15 Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku,

Tokyo Japan 107–0062

Tel: 03-3401-0922



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