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|-What is the Karakuri Himitsu-bako-|
|-You can find the answers in a book that "KARAKURI Works in Hakone&Odawara."-|
Secret Box/Himitsu-bako/Mystery Box
Secret Box is on a representative status within Karakuri in this region (Hakone and Odawara).
The beginning of the Secret Box isn't necessarily clear.
But, it is said that the current style Secret Box was created by Takagoro (Takajiro) Ohkawa around 1894 (Meiji 27).
So the present standard Secret Box is called, "Ohkawa Type Secret Box" (in the broad sense).
We can recognize that there are 2 prototype mechanisms about present standard Secret Box, though the mechanism has developed and changed.
The first one is the mechanism of the work (Figure 1).
It is said that it was produced by Takagoro Ohkawa, himself.
You can slide down the "Ago (small plate)", and can open the "Kora (top lid)".
The second one is the mechanism of the work (Figure 2).
When you slide a side plate, you can open the "Kora".
Sometimes, we call this mechanism, "Ohkawa Type Secret Box" especially (in the narrow sense), to distinguish it from present standard Secret Box.
Even now, all the present traditional Secret Boxes are produced from combination, development, and application of those 2 mechanisms.
|Figure 1||Figure 2|
The work (Figure 3) is called, "Post Type Money Bank".
The mechanism is completely a Secret Box.
This is the oldest work that has a mechanism of Secret Box, as far as we know.
According to the skill of the surface Yosegi, we are sure that it was produced before 1907 (Meiji 40).
The work (Figure 4) has the 2 prototype mechanisms.
Secret Box has been around for over 100 years, and loved by many people all over the world.
|Figure 3||Figure 4|
|(Excerpt from ”KARAKURI Works in Hakone & Odawara”)|
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