Now that the holidays are over and the craziness of 2020 behind us, it's time to begin 2021 with a stiff upper lip. For those that celebrate Christmas, it may also be a time to reflect on whether or not you really got all the gifts that you wanted this year. If you're like me, it seems almost every year leaves a little something to be desired.

Sure enough, I suppose there are a couple of options: send unwanted items purchased online back and wait several weeks for a refund, brave standing in the return line at department stores, or simply dip into savings and treat yourself to a new toy. For those considering the third option, I believe I know exactly what you're thinking—it's finally time to get myself a golden music box.

“Golden Chabako”

Nidec Sankyo, Japan’s largest music box maker, and SGC, a gold products company, recently announced a partnership that would begin selling beautiful golden music box nationwide in Japan. The partnership has produced what is called "Golden Chabako," golden music boxes that can be incorporated into the iconic Japanese tea ceremony. According to a recent press release, the entirely analog music boxes play music splendidly and can be used to decorate tea rooms in Japanese houses.

Naturally, the 72-valve golden music box is high-quality and elaborately designed—for 33 million JPY ($320k) you’d expect nothing less. The mostly 24 karat gold item is 14.5 cm by 24 cm by 16 cm and weighs about 790 grams—although approximately 400g worth of the music box is made from 18 karat gold.

To play music, simply choose a song and wind the beautifully designed winding key. Additional songs can be added at an extra cost.

A nesting box is also available which can apparently also be used as an accessory case.

And just in case you have some extra cash left over that you are just dying to spend after treating yourself to this artisanal item—never fear, SGC still has you covered. They also have a line of various golden items for sale. Their catalogue includes Buddhist ceremonial objects such as altars, tableware, golden coins, figurines and more—all for, ahem, bargain-basement prices. Just see for yourself.

While all the items are indeed splendidly crafted, I have to admit I'll be saving up for the foreseeable future. Anyone interested can visit the 11th floor of Shinjuku Takashimaya until January 18th, or if you can't make it, you can check out the company's website for more information. Among other things, they have a cinematographic video showcasing how their items are made. Expert craftsmanship, to say the least.

By - Luke Mahoney.