Group: Karakuri Creation Group

Puzzles designed and crafted by current and former members of the Karakuri Creation Group, including Iwahara, Miyamoto,Tajima, Satou, Ogura, Kakuda, Oka, Kawashima, and Ninomiya. They are in excellent condition, unless otherwise noted.

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Lot 5406 - Hakone Fuji

Est. value: $75

Winning bid: $55

Lot Closed (Photo)

Maker: Karakuri Creation Group

Size: 12x8x6cm

Notes: Open the drawer. Made in walnut and keyaki; very loose mechanism. Includes original box.

 

Lot 5407 - Ring Box 2 (KW-20)

Est. value: $125

Winning bid: $195

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Hideaki Kawashima

Size: 6x6x5cm

Notes: Open the box and remove the ring. Made from silky oak and cherry; very slight surface wear. Original plastic ring broken and repaired. This was a 2013 Karakuri Xmas present. Includes original box and copy of solution sheet.

 

Lot 5411 - String Box (2014) (TY-30)

Est. value: $125

Winning bid: $135

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer: Fumio Tsubarai
Maker: Fumio Tsubari

Size: 16x10x7cm

Notes: Use the string to help open the box. Made from nato wood. This was a 2014 Karakuri Xmas present. Includes original storage box and copy of solution sheet.

 

Lot 5412 - Box with a Tree (RF-14-2)

Est. value: $200

Winning bid: $150

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Hiroshi Iwahara

Size: 11x8x6cm

Notes: Two panels move freely, but nothing else…somehow they lead to the solution. This is a remake (slightly larger) of a 2005 Karakuri Xmas present. Includes original box and solution card.

 

Lot 5413 - Odawara Lantern (MY-11)

Est. value: $200

Winning bid: $405

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Tatsuo Miyamoto

Size: 17x9x7cm

Notes: The lantern conceals five small trays. Made from dogwood, cherry, and walnut. Includes original box and solution card.

 

Lot 5414 - Urashima (MY-21)

Est. value: $150

Winning bid: $201

Lot Closed (Photo, Bottom)

Designer/Maker: Tatsuo Miyamoto

Size: 12x8x8cm

Notes: Open the box with help from fish and turtle on the bottom. Made from amur and cork woods. Includes original box and solution card.

 

Lot 5415 - Ticket (MY-30)

Est. value: $150

Winning bid: $175

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Tatsuo Miyamoto

Size: 12x6x5cm

Notes: Open the locked drawer. Made from walnut and magnolia. Includes original box and solution card.

 

Lot 5416 - A Chance Meeting (MY-7-3)

Est. value: $225

Winning bid: $290

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Tatsuo Miyamoto

Size: 8x8x7cm

Notes: Open the trick box. This won Second Prize in the 2006 Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition. Includes original storage box and solution card.

 

Lot 5417 - Bend (CO-8-1)

Est. value: $125

Winning bid: $196

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer: Makoto Okada
Maker: Hideaki Kawashima

Size: 14x7.5x6cm

Notes: Open two secret compartments. Made from maple and purpleheart. This was a winning design in the 8th Karakuri Puzzle Idea Contest (2016). Includes original box and solution card.

 

Lot 5418 - Dashi (CO-10-3)

Est. value: $175

Winning bid: $170

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer: Kinya Matsunaga
Maker: Osamu Kasho

Box: 17x8x7cm

Notes: This is a model of a katsuobushi kezuriki (dried bonito shaver), where shavings accumulate inside the locked drawer. Made from cherry, oak, maple, ancient ash, and walnut. This was a winning design in the 10th Karakuri Puzzle Idea Contest (2018). Includes original box and solution card.

 

Lot 5419 - Cross Secret Box (KW-34)

Est. value: $200

Winning bid: $150

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Hideaki Kawashima

Size: 9x9x5cm

Notes: Find the two secret compartments. Made from magnolia, keyaki, and walnut. One panel is very tight. This was a 2017 Karakuri Xmas present. Includes original box and copy of solution sheet.

 

Lot 5420 - Bars Box (KW-36)

Est. value: $175

Winning bid: $341

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Hideaki Kawashima

Size: 6x6x6cm

Notes: Find the two secret compartments. Made from maple, cherry, walnut, and purpleheart. Some sliders slightly loose; one slightly tight. Includes original box and solution sheet.

 

Lot 5421 - Code Named "L" (Z-4)

Est. value: $175

Winning bid: $252

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Yasuaki Kikuchi

Box: 7.5cm

Notes: Use the magnetic L's to open the box. Made from walnut, keyaki, maple, and magnolia. Includes original box and solution card.

 

Lot 5445 - Bean Bag Drawer 2 (RF-41)

Est. value: $125

Winning bid: $186

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Hiroshi Iwahara

Size: 13x9x9cm

Notes: Pulling the lid to the first drawer is easy; use the plates again to unlock the challenging second drawer. This was a 2015 Karakuri Xmas present. Includes original box and copy of solution sheet.

 

Lot 5446 - Kuchinashi (TJ-21)

Est. value: $125

Winning bid: $235

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Shiro Tajima

Size: 11x10x9cm

Notes: Open the secret compartment in the shogi board. Knowledge of shogi knight move and promotion is helpful. Made from katsura and birch; slight ding on front panel. This was a 2013 Karakuri Xmas present. Includes original box and copy of solution sheet.

 

Lot 5447 - Clown Fish (MY-28)

Est. value: $100

Winning bid: $183

Lot Closed (Photo)

Designer/Maker: Tatsuo Miyamoto

Size: 11x6x6cm

Notes: Open the trick box. This was a 2016 Karakuri Xmas present. Includes original box and copy of solution sheet.

 

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