Hakone Yosegi Zaikan parquetry uses many traditional Japanese patterns and the natural colours of wood to create intricate all-over patterns. I used some of these as block designs in 'Japanese Quilt Blocks to Mix and Match'. In real life, the patterns are much smaller, like on the soles of my okobo (a kind of geta shoe) above (shown before the straps were added). Next time I go to Japan with Glyn, Hakone is on our visiting wishlist.
Via a Facebook link today, I found some video clips showing how it is made. Enjoy!
You can see more finished items at Izumiya's online store.