Japan never considers time together as time wasted. Rather, it is time invested.
Tomorrow I have a netsuke found poem; today I have a related object: inrō. Inrō were most commonly used to carry identity seals and medicine and were held together by a cord, secured to a netsuke. An ojime (bead) on the cords between the inrō and netsuke held the boxes together.
Inro with Cranes Soaring by Mount Fuji, and Netsuke of a Turtle, 19th century
The Walters Art Museum
Inro with Autumn Carnations and Badger Netsuke
by Toryu (Japanese, active ca. 18th century)
Inrō in the Shape of a House
Inrō with a Chinese scholar and attendents
Inrō with a serpent
Inrō on Pinterest