There are twelve Memory Boxes and each one is adorned with a picture, painted by hand, that is associated with a particular month of the year in Japan . Camellia blossom in January, goldfish in August, rice in October and an apple for November. The idea is that the user places a small memento in a box and can then can easily recall the time of year when the good memory occurred. Four boxes are presented here from a set of twelve.
This item is part of the Hitotoki (Good Woods) product line from Alte Meister, a maker of Buddhist altars and related goods. While a wide variety of beautiful wood is used to make Buddhist altars, the manufacturing process inevitably generates offcuts. Previously, offcuts were burned in furnaces that helped to dry timber. The Hitotoki line was created to make better use of offcuts.
Each item in the Hitotoki collection draws attention to the sensual appeal of different kinds of wood. The woods used for the Memory Boxes include zelkova, maple and ebony. This visual diversity adds greatly to the appeal of the boxes as a set to be collected. Urethane coating.