"Golden Rule" Card Karakuri Model
Karakuri are mechanized puppets or automata from Japan dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The word 'Karakuri' means a "mechanical device to tease, trick, or take a person by surprise." Japanese designer Keisuke Saka created this papercraft kit series filled with surprises and a dose of dark humor. "The Golden Rule" is a 3-in-1 set, bringing to life a common phrase that has it's origins in ancient Japan. The Nikko Toshogo Shrine in Japan has a carving of three wise monkeys. Many scholars believe the monkeys were carved as a visual representation of the religious principle, “If we do not hear, see, or speak evil, we ourselves shall be spared all evil." Mr. Saka is one of Japan's most honored paper engineers. His thoughtfully rendered designs use the fewest moving parts to communicate their magical, elegant movement. Cutting, folding and gluing required in assembly. Each one takes less than two hours of time to complete. Completely instructions included. Surprisingly robust if correctly built.