It is so much easier for me to carry this than my full-size traditional workbox, about twice as long, wide and high - and much heavier. But just like the old sewing boxes, this one has a "secret" drawer (the kind of secret everyone knows
The miniature "dolls house" cabinet is charming hybrid between a house and a tansu. I'm pretty sure it is another of Mr Kubo's creations, as it is very much in his style. It was intended as a prop for one of the styled photos in "Japanese Sashiko Inspirations" but didn't get used, so I think it will have to wait for a future book! It doesn't really fit with any particular scale, but I love the way the roof uses the woodgrain to suggest thatch.
to reveal two "rooms", the upper one with a slatted window -
Ichiroya have several of his miniature tansu on special price right now... so if you are looking for something unusual for Christmas, here it is! (If the link doesn't work, go to the main Ichiroya site at www.ichiroya.com and go to Ichiroya Antiques... search for "tansu" and note they spell "miniature" as "miniture")