Hanatebako wood boxes are traditional craft of the Hitoyoshi Kuma area of Kyushu island's Kumamoto Prefecture, evolving ever since the Genpei War of the early 12th century. The reason local artisans came up with creating these beautiful boxes were the thick sugi (cryptomeria, or Japanese cedar) forests found in Kyushu. And now the centuries-old craft is part of the official merchandise for the upcoming Olympic Games with this Tokyo 2020 Olympics Indigo Hanatebako Box.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Indigo Hanatebako Box is one more of those cases where the description "Olympics merchandise" simply doesn't do justice the actual results. Each box is lovingly handmade and painted after it's been ordered, so truly is one of a kind and reaches you only after around 1.5 months. It naturally features the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the Olympic rings emblems, offset by traditional floral and indigo motifs. The size is also very practical, ideal for storing jewels (or even face masks). But best of all is the skill and care of the craftmanship that goes into making each and every one of these boxes.
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