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Kumiki Giraffe Puzzle - tortoise general store
Kumiki Giraffe Puzzle - tortoise general store
Kumiki Giraffe Puzzle - tortoise general store

Kumiki Giraffe Puzzle

Regular price $100 Unit price  per 

Kumiki puzzles are an essential example of Japanese minimalism. Inspired by architechtural techniques from Japanese antiquity, these puzzles firmly interlock to create imaginative shapes without using any metal fasteners, nails, or clamps. This giraffe puzzle can be enjoyed as a challenge for both children and adults. Many architects still use Kumiki puzzles as a way to teach students the durability of well thought out design.

Due to the handmade nature, there is natural variation.

Kumiki wooden puzzles are made with the same technique that is used for building Japanese Shinto shrines and architectural buildings. Buildings that were built without metal fasteners often survived better in earthquakes, which made the art of tightly fitting wood highly valued. Tsunetaro Yamanaka created the first kumiki wooden puzzles in around 1900. Only highly skilled craftsmen can create these complex puzzles. The fourth master, Shigeo Yamanaka, has continued the over 100-year tradition while creating completely new forms.


9.5" x 3"


Care Instructions:
Avoid storing in direct sunlight and keep dry!


Returns must be made within 2 weeks in original, unused condition with all packaging for either 1. Store credit for the full amount or 2. Refund - minus a 20% restocking fee.  Tortoise does not cover the cost of return shipping or the cost of re-shipping an exchange, and the cost of shipping for returns and exchanges is the responsibility of the customer.  


Kumiki Giraffe Puzzle - tortoise general store