Source: Four panels from a vintage hexagonal Japanese origami box
The box consisted of six 3″ x 6″ cardboard panels with a base, lined with plain paper on the inside and decorated with a continuous 4″ strip of Japanese Yuzen or Chiyogami paper on the exterior running a full 18″ in length. This four-module set of prints was derived from the four remaining of the six panels, measuring 4″ x 12″ in total. The box dated back to the early 60s, which would make it 50 to 60 years old at the time it was damaged. Boxes of this type are apparently rare today and are likely to be found only in specialty stores in Tokyo.
Japanese Chiyogami Paper, also known as Yuzen Paper, is hand-screened decorative kozo washi paper generally consisting of highly repetitive patterns. The brilliant color patterns are silk-screened by hand, one layer at a time. This requires considerable time as each color must be fully dry before the next color is applied. The final layer is usually gold or silver metallic overlay. What is unusual about this piece, and also marks it as of vintage date, is the lack of repetition in the pattern extending the full 18″ of the strip.