Simple and modern yosegi parquetry business card holder and hand mirror

Yosegi marquetry in Hakone is usually made with very thinly sliced marquetry sheets, which are glued to the surfaces of boxes, photo frames and trays etc. The advantage of using the sheet is that they can produce a large amount of the same designed products at the same time. There are, however, several craftsmen who…

Hakone yosegizaiku marquetry fan 寄木細工の団扇

Hakone in Kanagawa prefecture of Japan has been famous for various wooden products, that is mainly because of the location as being surrounded by a wide variety of woods. They, therefore, developped skills to make beautiful Yosegi marquetry and Zougan (inlaid). This beautiful fan is made of bamboo and one side of the round area is…

Hakone Yosegi Marquetry Himitsubako Puzzle box 秘密箱

Hakone, which is located about 2 hours away from Tokyo, is surrounded by beautiful mountains and is also known for vaious wooden crafts. Yosegi or Marquetry is one of them. This beautifully decorated box with marquetry is called Himitsu bako (秘密箱), which literally means Secret box in English. It is often translated as Puzzle box…

Hakone yosegizaiku marquetry round tray

Hakone is located in Kanagawa prefecture and it will take about 2 hours to get there from Tokyo. Hakone is surrounded by mountains and is also famous for onsen. Hakone is often associated with wooden products called Yosegizaiku, which means marquetry in English. The design used for the tray is called 麻の葉模様 (Asano-ha moyou), which…

Marquetry small box (Hakone Yosegi Zaiku)

Marquetry box (Hakone Yosegi Zaiku) which I introduced previously also comes in smaller size (Business card size).       The same Asano ha ( linen leaf design) which has been believed that it keeps away bad spirits. This business card sized box also comes in white. It’s been made inaccurately so that it almost…

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…

Hakone Yosegi marquetry

The Hakone area of Kanagawa Prefecture is mountainous and well forested with a wide variety of trees. The area is famous for its marquetry (Hakone Yosegizaiku), which feature geometrical patters showing the natural colors and grains of the wood from these trees. This craft tradition began in the Hatajuku district of Hakone toward the end…