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This page shows puzzles that are no longer available, just for historical curiosity, and for completeness.

In some cases puzzles are reissued with a different code number: if you have the old code number from somewhere, this page should show you the replacement (which may still be available).

5146 pieces

Distant Fuji
© Yamamoto Kosaku
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Distant Fuji (Yamamoto Kosaku)

A spectacular distant view of Mount Fuji towering above the neighbouring mountains. Sunset pictures are usually quite challenging, but this one is the ultimate!

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued October 2018
A Yanoman puzzle: 5146 pieces; 147 x 108 cm (58" x 43")
Code: Y5118 (51-18 on box)
Retail price ¥15000

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3000 pieces

Furano lavender fields
© Iwamoto Keisuke
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Furano lavender fields

Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, has a gentler topography, and climate ideal for flower growing. This view, centred on the ornamental arch, provides a wealth of colour, from the lavender fields to the brightly sunlit patchwork landscape beyond.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21509 (21-509 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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Tulips in the waterwheel park, Toyama
© Epoch
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Tulips in the waterwheel park, Toyama

A dazzling display of tulips in this park in Tonami (Toyama Prefecture) — and more interest is provided by the five huge waterwheels, the largest 5.5 m in diameter.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21510 (21-510 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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Itsukushima shrine
© Epoch
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Itsukushima shrine

The classic view of the Itsukushima shrine, looking out into the bay at the great torii. This Shinto ceremonial gateway was completed in 1875, and is unusual in being sited in the tidal part of the bay.

This is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan" - and since 1996 has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21511 (21-511 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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Red Fuji
© Epoch
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Red Fuji

A spectacular aerial view of the rare but genuine meteorological phenomenon whereby at dawn or sunset the whole side of the mountain appears to glow red.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below the mountain, the best views are from the north and east sides.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued September 2018
An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21513 (21-513 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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Mt. Fuji
© Yanoman
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Mt. Fuji from Lake Motosu

On a still, clear day, Lake Motosu lies like a sheet of glass beneath Fuji's snow cone.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 3000 pieces; 107 x 77 cm (42" x 30")
Code: Y3020 (30-20 on box)
Retail price ¥6500

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2542 pieces

Fuji snowscape
© Epoch
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Fuji snowscape

At an altitude of over 900 metres, the village of Oshino benefits from the fresh water which wells in abundance from the slopes of Mount Fuji. This winter view shows the mountain to best advantage, and will be a severe challenge: apart from the mass of blue sky pieces, almost everything is white. But there is an interesting range of textures to help you.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued December 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75027 (75-027 on box)
Retail price ¥3500

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Ama-no-hashidate
© Epoch
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Ama-no-hashidate

One of the traditional "Three sights of Japan" (along with Matsushima and Miyajima, all coastal sites), Ama-no-hashidate is a natural sand spit formation that almost closes the mouth of the Miyazu bay, covered by a ribbon of old pine trees. The cable car climbs the hills at the north end to give passengers a better view — the location is deep in the bay, so although on the northern coast, the Sea of Japan is out to the left in the picture.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued May 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75028 (75-028 on box)
Retail price ¥3500

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Tō-ji temple, Kyoto
© Tanaka Hideaki
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Tō-ji temple, Kyoto

A dramatic dawn shot along the moat of Tō-ji (literally "East Temple"), with its famous pagoda, the tallest wooden tower in Japan. The 2542 pieces of this puzzle will make a tough challenge, with the subdued range of tones in the picture.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75030 (75-030 on box)
Retail price ¥3500

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Hirosaki park cherry blossom
© Minoruta Ken'ichi
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Hirosaki park cherry blossom

The moat of Hirosaki castle is a famous spot for cherry blossom. This puzzle includes something like 1000 pieces of cherry blossom, both overhead and reflected, making it an interesting challenge.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75501 (75-501 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Oirase rapids
© Epoch
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Oirase rapids

The Oirase river flows out of Lake Towada east to the sea, and the steep descent provides a renowmed beauty spot. Here mountain azaleas provide splashes of colour amid the green.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued September 2018
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75502 (75-502 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Fuji reflected
© Epoch
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Fuji reflected

A perfect reflection of Mount Fuji against a dramatic sky. This view is from the north-west, across Shōjiko, the smallest of the "five lakes" that lie around the base of the mountain.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued May 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75503 (75-503 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Kinkakuji
© Akira Shibata
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Kinkakuji

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued January 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75507 (75-507 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Kômyôji, Kyoto
© Epoch
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Kōmyō-ji maples

The main entrance to this temple is a famous spot for autumn colours. ("Fall colors" if you like: Japan is blessed with many of the red maples that remind me more of scenes of New England than of the older England I come from.) The first temple on this site is said to have been founded in 1198, but the current building dates from around 1750.

What does the name mean?
kô
light
myô
bright
ji
temple

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued 2016
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75509 (75-509 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Tokyo cherry blossom
© Epoch
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Tokyo cherry blossom

A mass of cherry trees line the banks of Sumidagawa, the great river through Tokyo that was once a transport artery, but is now more a leisure attraction.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued January 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75510 (75-510 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Kappa bridge, Japan Alps
© Epoch
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Kappa bridge, Japan Alps

This wooden suspension bridge is a landmark of the Kamikochi resort area in the Japan alps, and its span of some 30 metres carries hikers across Azusagawa river. Beyond can be seen some of Japan's most majestic mountains.

The bridge is named for the mythical water-creature, the kappa, which is said to live in deep clear waters such as these.

Wikipedia article on Kappa

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued December 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75511 (75-511 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Itsukushima sunset
© Epoch
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Itsukushima sunset

A dramatic view of the great Torii of Itsukushima at sunset. This puzzle is quite a challenge: 2542 pieces "mostly purple"...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued September 2018
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76019 (76-019 on box)
Retail price ¥3900

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Hakodate night view
© Epoch
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Hakodate night view

Hakodate is an important port on Hokkaido as the gateway to the main island of Honshu. Positioned on an isthmus, the city is squeezed into neat outlines, between the sea and Mount Hakodate from which this photo is taken. This is a real "puzzler's puzzle": 2542 very small pieces, sea, sky, mountain, and lots of cityscape details, for a real challenge.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued July 2018
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76602 (76-602 on box)
Retail price ¥3400

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Tokyo Station lit up
© Epoch
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Tokyo Station lit up

Tokyo station has been recently renovated, and presents an imposing red-brick frontage, but over the last decade or so it has also gained a backdrop of huge office buildings. This makes a challenging and rather different puzzle.

Wikipedia article

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued January 2018
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76605 (76-605 on box)
Retail price ¥3400

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Shirakawa-go houses
© Epoch
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Shirakawa-go houses

A fine summer day in this historic village in the Japanese alps. These gasshōzukuri houses, named after a supposed resemblance between the roof and hands at prayer, were built to house extended families of up to forty people, and are now part of a World Heritage site.

Looking across a ripening paddy field, a row of foxgloves in the foreground adds an extra accent to this big challenge puzzle...

Wikipedia article

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued November 2016
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76607 (76-607 on box)
Retail price ¥3400

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Tokyo twilight
© Epoch
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Tokyo twilight

The lights of one of the growing number of islands created in Tokyo Bay, with the new landmark Rainbow Bridge connecting to old Tokyo in the distance.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued May 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76616 (76-616 on box)
Retail price ¥3400

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2016 pieces

Great wall of china
© Epoch
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Great wall of china

The Great Wall in sombre light — but it highlights the jagged mountain skyline, reminding us of the enormous challenge of construction.

The Chinese name (also used in Japanese, of course) is "10,000-li fortification": it actually extends for a total of 12,700 li, or around 6,350 km.

(From the Epoch "World Heritage" series)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23019 (23-019 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Itsukushima Shrine
© Epoch
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Itsukushima Shrine

The classic view of Itsukushima shrine, looking out into the bay at the great torii. This Shinto ceremonial gateway was completed in 1875, and is unusual in being sited in the tidal part of the bay. It is also famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

See also: Cherry blossom time (1000 pieces) and Ama-no-hashidate (1000 pieces), one of the other "Three sights"

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23031 (23-031 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Nara, former capital
© Asukaen
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Nara, former capital

2010 sees the celebration of the 1300th anniversary of the Japanese capital moving to Heijō-kyō, or modern Nara. This is Yakushi-ji, one of the historical temples of Nara — some of the buildings are modern reconstructions, but because of the tradition regular rebuilding and repair undergone by wooden temple buildings of Japan, and with the decline in the importance of Nara after the capital moved to Kyoto, many historical details are lost in the mists of time.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23046 (23-046 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara
© Yamanashi Katsuhiro
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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara

The impressive entrance to one of the historical treasures makes a particularly nice picture for a puzzle: the varying textures and repeating patterns provide fascination, particularly the row of bronze lanterns. As is the tradition in Japan, wooden buildings are rebuilt regularly, preserving their beauty...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23047 (23-047 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Thai stupa
© Epoch
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Thai stupa

This stupa (the inverted 'bell' building) is in Sukhothai, capital of the ancient kingdom of northern Thailand. Appropriately for a sacred Buddhist edifice, lotus blossoms crowd the foreground.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23048 (23-048 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Matchless beauty
© Maki Mizuno

Matchless beauty

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued March 2018
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23053 (23-053 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Kinkakuji in winter
© Epoch
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Kinkakuji in winter

The "Gold pavilion," perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, in the depths of winter. The placid waters and still grey trees are beautifully set off by the brilliant gold leaf of the building. This will not be an easy puzzle!

Kinkakuji was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23058 (23-058 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Seiganto temple and Nachi falls
© Epoch
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Seiganto temple and Nachi falls

Near the southern tip of the Kii peninsula below Kyoto, this pagoda, just part of the temple complex, enjoys a commanding view of the impressive Nachi falls. Although the falls are actually across a valley, a suitable viewpoint brings them into the same picture.

This is a very tasteful photograph, and the touches of mist will probably make the large area of forest and cliffs slightly easier rather than harder.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued July 2018
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23062 (23-062 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Kinkakuji
© Epoch
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Kinkakuji

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple
Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued December 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23501 (23-501 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Cherry avenue
© Epoch
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Cherry avenue

This avenue runs along the bank of the Gongendô river, in the middle of the Kanto Plain, and is a famous location for cherry-blossom viewing.

This will not be an easy puzzle - more than half of the area of the picture is occupied by the mass of pink blooms.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23504 (23-504 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Gyeongbokgung, Seoul
© Epoch
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Gyeongbokgung, Seoul

This pavilion, known as Hyangwonjeong, stands in the grounds of the old imperial palace site of Gyeongbokgung, in the Korean capital of Seoul. The architecture is quite distinctive, yet has many characteristics in common with that of Japan, and of course the lily pond is a universal feature.

Lots of detail in the Wikipedia article

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23512 (23-512 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Ninotaki falls in autumn
© Epoch
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Ninotaki falls in autumn

This is "Waterfall number two" in the Tachimata gorge in Akita, northern Japan. Although not spectacular for its height, and at a mere 20 m the smallest of the chain (the others are Ichi-no-taki and San-no-taki), it provides an attractive setting for the changing seasons, and particularly for the autumn foliage of beeches and maples.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23517 (23-517 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Philosopher's walk, Kyoto
© Epoch
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Philosopher's walk, Kyoto

This famous path in Kyoto is named after the philosopher Kitaro Nishida who would meditate while strolling along it. The waterway is lined by cherry trees, which provide not only a display of blossom in the spring but also a rich pattern of reds and yellows in the autumn.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23518 (23-518 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Hirosaki castle moat
© Epoch
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Hirosaki castle moat

The moat of Hirosaki Castle, in northern Japan, overhung with its famous cherry trees, the first of which are said to have been brought from Kyoto in 1715.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23529 (23-529 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Oirase rapids
© Epoch
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Oirase rapids

The Oirase river flows out of Lake Towada east to the sea, and the steep descent provides a renowmed beauty spot. Here mountain azaleas provide splashes of colour amid the green.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23532 (23-532 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kurashiki
© Epoch
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Kurashiki

These distinctive town houses are a reminder of the burgeoning of a new merchant class in the late Edo era (late 18th and 19th centuries). This area of the city of Kurashiki has been designated an architectural preservation area since 1979. If you've read my photo essay on walls, you might be interested to note the unusual arrangement of the embankment here, with courses of horizontally laid stones.

"Walls" in Sano Gallery

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23536 (23-536 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Ginzan hot spring resort
© Epoch
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Ginzan hot spring resort

This spa is well-known in Japan since featuring in the TV drama Oshin, but probably more famous worldwide as the inspiration for the bath-house location in Miyazaki's anime feature "Spirited away".

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23540 (23-540 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kenrokuen in autumn
© Minowa Masashi
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Kenrokuen in autumn

The first brilliant red maples fringe the lake in this very famous garden, which dates back to the 17th century; in the foreground we see the distinctive arch-based stone lantern that is its symbol.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23541 (23-541 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kômyôji, Kyoto
© Kataoka Iwao
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Kômyôji, Kyoto

The main entrance to this temple is a famous spot for autumn colours. ("Fall colors" if you like: Japan is blessed with many of the red maples that remind me more of scenes of New England than of the older England I come from.) The first temple on this site is said to have been founded in 1198, but the current building dates from around 1750.

What does the name mean?
kô
light
myô
bright
ji
temple

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23542 (23-542 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kappa bridge, Japan Alps
© Imamura Yutaka
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Kappa bridge, Japan Alps

This wooden suspension bridge is a landmark of the Kamikochi resort area in the Japan alps, and its span of some 30 metres carries hikers across Azusagawa river. Beyond can be seen some of Japan's most majestic mountains.

The bridge is named for the mythical water-creature, the kappa, which is said to live in deep clear waters such as these.

Wikipedia article on Kappa

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued February 2018
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23547 (23-547 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kaminarimon giant lantern in Asakusa
© Epoch
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Kaminarimon gate in Asakusa

This huge gateway stands in Asakusa, at the heart of old Tokyo. Although usually known as Kaminarimon, or "Lightning gate" as written on the giant lantern (about 4 m tall, sponsored by Matsushita Electric), it is officially called Furaijin-mon, after the gods of wind (fu) and thunder (rai), who sit on either side. Like all other buildings in the area, this was reconstructed after being completely destroyed in the Second World War.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23548 (23-548 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Himeji Castle
© Epoch
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Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23549 (23-549 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Philosopher's walk in spring
© Epoch
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Philosopher's walk in spring

This famous path in Kyoto is named after the philosopher Kitaro Nishida who would meditate while strolling along it. The cherry trees lining the waterway provide a display surely enough to raise the springtime spirits of any philosopher...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23550 (23-550 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Matsumoto castle
© Epoch
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Matsumoto castle

Matsumoto, high in the Japan Alps, has one of the best-preserved castles in Japan — and this wide-angle view gives a good look at the details of its construction.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23552 (23-552 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Sakurajima volcano
© Epoch
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Sakurajima volcano

Sakurajima (lit. "Cherry Island") was indeed an island until 1914, when an enormous lava eruption joined it back to the mainland. Now it sits benign but raw, facing the city of Kagoshima across a narrowing of the bay.

This puzzle is full of interesting texture contrasts: the concrete sprawl of a typical Japanese cityscape, the subtropical greenery, and the craggy mountain.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23554 (23-554 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Autumn in Shirakawa-go
© Epoch
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Autumn in Shirakawa-go

Late autumn, and ripening persimmons against a varied background of reds, yellows, and evergreens. These gasshōzukuri houses, named after a supposed resemblance between the roof and hands at prayer, were built to house extended families of up to forty people.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23557 (23-557 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Sanzen-in autumn
© Epoch
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Sanzen-in autumn

Like many other of the famous temples of Kyoto, Sanzen-in is not an extrovery showpiece, rather a contemplative haven in beautiful natural surroundings.

The surrounding trees break up the view of the temple building, and the result is a puzzle full of textural variation. An excellent choice for 2016 small pieces...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
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Mimurotoji, Kyoto
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Mimurotoji, Kyoto

This temple, in the city of Uji just south of Kyoto, is one of the thirty-three forming the Kansai Kannon pilgrimage route. It is extremely ancient, as the first temple on this site was erected some 1200 years ago, and is also known as the "Temple of flowers", for its display of azaleas and hydrangeas, in addition to the lotus pond featured here.

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Itsukushima in spring
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Itsukushima in spring

The great torii, or Shinto ceremonial gateway of Itsukushima shrine seen from an unusual perspective, looking out from Miyajima to the mainland. Completed in 1875, this torii is somewhat unusually sited in the tidal part of the bay, and is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

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Magome post town in spring
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Magome post town in spring

Magome is the forty-third station on the old Nakasendo route (counting from Tokyo), and together with the forty-second (Tsumago) has been restored as a historical monument. It is easy to imagine how daunting this slope would have looked to travellers of centuries past, being the start of many uphill days.

The richly-varied textures will make this an enjoyable, and never tedious puzzle.

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Code: E23564 (23-564 on box)
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Private resort
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Private resort

No location given for this tropical view, but the island across the sea has clearly been the site of some extremely energetic volanic activity in the past...

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Nagano flower road
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Nagano flower road

Flowers line a hiking trail in the mountains of central Japan — the approach to Ontake-san, the 3067-metre high mountain seen in the distance. Long revered as one of the sacred high peaks, this volcano long regarded as extinct suddenly erupted in 1979.

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Ryuzu falls
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Ryuzu falls

These falls (near Nikko, in Tochigi) descend 60 metres in a gently inclined torrent extending for 200 metres. The name is derived from the appearance of the huge rock separating the two streams at the lower end of the falls, which is said to resemble the head of a dragon.

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Okayama castle gardens
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Okayama castle gardens

These gardens around Okayama castle (which we see in the background) were built in the Edo period, taking just 13 years and completed in 1700. Of classical layout, with a different vista at every turn, the gardens are formally known as Kôrakuen, and are regarded as one of the trio of most famous gardens in Japan.

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Code: E23569 (23-569 on box)
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Ryuzu falls
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Ryuzu falls

These falls (near Nikko, in Tochigi) descend 60 metres in a gently inclined torrent extending for 200 metres. The name is derived from the appearance of the huge rock separating the two streams at the lower end of the falls, which is said to resemble the head of a dragon.

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Code: E23571 (23-571 on box)
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Kiyomizudera night maples
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Kiyomizudera night maples

This very famous Kyoto temple is trestled out from the side of the hill overlooking Kyoto. The original temple is said to have been founded more than 1200 years ago, but most of the present structure dates from the 1600s.

This night view, with its rich dark textures, makes a puzzle that will present quite a challenge.

What does the name mean?
kiyo
pure
mizu
water
dera
temple

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Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle sits atop an exceedingly impressive castle wall, which will be great fun to do as a puzzle. Restoration of the main tower was finally completed in 1997 — although made of concrete, it is a faithful reproduction of the original.

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Ama-no-hashidate
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Ama-no-hashidate

Azaleas make a bright foreground to this view along Ama-no-hashidate. This is one of the natural wonders of Japan, a natural sand spit formation that almost closes the mouth of Miyazu bay, and is covered by a ribbon of old pine trees.

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Code: E23574 (23-574 on box)
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Aizuwakamatsu Castle
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Aizu-wakamatsu Castle

Although this castle boasts a history stretching back more than 600 years, it was damaged in the Battle of Aizu — hostilities during the switch from the rule of the Shoguns to the Meiji restoration — and the main tower was destroyed by 1874. It was rebuilt (in reinforced concrete) in 1965, and finally in 2011 the black roof tiles were returned to the authentic red tiles from the time of its destruction. The castle grounds contain around a thousand cherry trees, one of which frames the view here.

The castle is in the modern city of Aizu-wakamatsu, after which it is usually named in English, but it is also known as Tsurugajô, or "Crane Castle".

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23575 (23-575 on box)
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Matsushima cherry blossom
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Matsushima cherry blossom

One of the traditional "Three sights of Japan", the picturesque Matsushima bay contains innumerable small islands. A pale moon hangs over just a few of them, seen through the massed pink blossom...

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Okumino
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Okumino

To the varied textures of this traditional town vignette, two bangasa, Japanese oiled paper umbrellas, add brilliant splashes of colour.

Okumino is part of the old kuni division of Mino, and lies in the foothills to the west of the Japan Alps — this view is in the town of Gujo-Hachiman.

Photo: Yamanashi Katsuhiro

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Fuji with flowers
© Noriyuki Katayama
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Fuji with flowers

The lake across which we see Mount Fuji is fringed with a wide expanse of the low-growing shibazakura, or moss phlox, a common garden plant in Japan.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Yokohama Bay Bridge
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Yokohama Bay Bridge

A dramatic view of one of the links in the bay part of the expressway circling the Tokyo-Yokohama metropolis. This is a cable-stayed suspension bridge, a type which became more common with the development of more advanced computer modelling technology around the end of the twentieth century.

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Code: E23585 (23-585 on box)
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Tulips in Tokyo
© Yutaka Tsuchiya
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Tulips in Tokyo

The mass of bright flower beds give a European feel to this park in a suburb of Tokyo.

The site is interesting: originally the Tachikawa airfield, it became a US air base in September 1945, then finally in 1983 it was converted to a park, commemorating fifty years of the reign of Emperor Showa (Hirohito).

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Code: E23586 (23-586 on box)
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Tôshôgu, Nikko
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Tōshōgu, Nikko

This spectacular entrance, Yômeimon, is the central feature of this World Heritage site in Nikkô (Tochigi). The whole site is a Shinto shrine (Tôshôgu) built in the early 1600s to honour Tokugawa Ieyasu, the very first Shogun of the Tokugawa era. Since he was the most powerful man in Japan at the time, perhaps it is not so surprising that for a Shinto building this is unusually ornate.

Detail

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Code: E24101 (24-101 on box)
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Dawn over Himeji Castle
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Dawn over Himeji Castle

A very dramatic view of Himeji Castle at dawn. By tradition it is supposed to resemble a white heron, but here it looks altogether more foreboding. Himeji castle is famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, whose historical origins are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333.

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Nabegataki falls
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Nabegataki falls

This waterfall high in the mountains of Kyushu has been made more famous by repeated appearance in TV commercials. At 10 m high and 20 m wide it is impressive enough, but its other claim to fame is that you can walk through the large cave behind the curtain of water. This gives it the alternative name of Urami-no-taki, literally "seen behind falls".

Photos including the reverse view

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Kenrokuen
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Kenrokuen

This very famous garden dates back to the 17th century; beyond the foreground of irises we see the distinctive arch-based stone lantern that is its symbol, and a visiting grey heron.

Detail
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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E24605 (24-605 on box)
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Sunset at Bitchu-Kokubunji
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Sunset at Bitchu-Kokubunji

A sunset view of the five-storied pagoda at Bitchu-Kokubunji. Only completed in 1847, to replace the previous seven-storied pagoda lost in a fire, this is the most recent example of this classic design.

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Taj Mahal
© David Ball
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Taj Mahal

Perhaps the most beautiful building in the world, caught at one of the best moments, a clear dawn.

The symmetry of the picture will make this two-sided puzzle an extra challenge, since most pieces will have approximately the same appearance on both sides.

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* This puzzle has the same image printed on both sides.

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Tsumago in early summer
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Tsumago in early summer

Amazingly well-preserved buildings line this street in Tsumago, a staging point where the old Nakasendo road begins to climb over the Japan Alps.

Kanji sign Kanji sign

On the right, a pair of traditional umbrellas help to advertise the famous Matsushiroya inn. Here's how to read the signs in the picture; the juku means "a place to stay", referring to the town's status as a staging point.

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Unganji
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Unganji

Autumnal foliage surrounds the entrance to this temple in the wilds of northern Tochigi. It is famous as the first temple visited by Bashô (the "Wordsworth of Japan") on his travels around northern Japan.

Detail

Another of Bashô's temples: Yamadera

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Sagano teahouse
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Sagano teahouse

This traditional teahouse is in Sagano, an old suburb of Kyoto. We look down through the glorious red maples, and glimpse guests enjoying refreshment.

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Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji Castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

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Code: Y2202 (22-02 on box)
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Furano flower fields
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Furano flower fields

Furano is an area famous for its flower production, in the gentler topography and ideal climate of Hokkaido, the northern island. This view, centred on the ornamental arch, provides a wealth of colour, from the blossoms in the foreground to the brightly sunlit patchwork landscape beyond.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 2014 pieces; 62 x 45 cm (24" x 18")
Code: Y2218 (22-18 on box)
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Cherry blossom time, Hirosaki Castle
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Cherry blossom time, Hirosaki Castle

Hirosaki Castle, in northern Japan, framed by its famous cherry trees, the first of which are said to have been brought from Kyoto in 1715. There's also a glimpse of the castle foundation wall, in the usual "diagonal" building style.

Detail

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Code: BS72504 (S72-504 on box)
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Genkyuen gardens
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Genkyuen gardens

These gardens were created in 1677, at the base of the hill on which stands Hikone Castle, built earlier in the 17th century. The central lake includes four islands and nine bridges.

Here we see the castle towering above, and the lakeside pavilions, reflected in the tranquil water...

Wikipedia article: Hikone Castle

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A Beverly puzzle: 2000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: BS72521 (S72-521 on box)
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Irises in Shirakawa
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Irises in Shirakawa

Irises bloom by the edge of the little brook that flows past this country cottage in the traditional style of the Japan Alps, in the famous preserved village of Shirakawa-go.

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Code: BS72524 (S72-524 on box)
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Shirakawa-go - early summer
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Shirakawa-go - early summer

An idyllic scene by a country cottage in the traditional style of the Japan Alps (in the famous preserved village of Shirakawa-go). The yellow flowers in the stream in the foreground are kakitsubata, a delicate but very common variety of iris.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Shirakawa-go

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Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Detail

(This is a reissue of puzzle code E20050.)

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)
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Great barrier reef
© JTB photo
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Great barrier reef

This is "Heart Island", in the Great Barrier Reef off north-east Australia. And this is a classic "puzzler's puzzle", selected to be a tough challenge.

* Combination of 1500 + 400 small-piece puzzles

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An Epoch puzzle: 1900 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E17105 (17-105 on box)
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Itsukushima sunset
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Itsukushima sunset

A dramatic view of the great Torii of Itsukushima at sunset. This puzzle is quite a challenge: there is a lot of purple, and a lot of shadow.

* Combination of 1500 + 400 small-piece puzzles

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Shiraito falls
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Shiraito falls

Shiraito-no-taki, or "White-thread falls" is just west of Mt. Fuji. With a drop of 25 m, and a total width of 200 m, this is only the most famous of many waterfalls of this name.

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Floating palace, Nara
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Floating pavillion, Nara

The floating pavillion in Nara Park was reconstructed in the early 1990s, when the original from 1916 had deteriorated. Octagonal in form, it has a shingled roof of hinoki bark. Reflected in Sagi-ike, or the "pond of the heron" it is always beautiful, but particularly in the summer when the connecting bridge and the banks of the pond are decorated with candles.

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Floating palace, Nara
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Floating pavillion, Nara

The floating pavillion in Nara Park was reconstructed in the early 1990s, when the original from 1916 had deteriorated. Octagonal in form, it has a shingled roof of hinoki bark. Reflected in Sagi-ike, or the "pond of the heron" it is always beautiful, but particularly in the summer when the connecting bridge and the banks of the pond are decorated with candles.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1900 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E17603X (17-603 on box)
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1518 pieces

Shirakawa
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Shirakawa fire drill

Shirakawa-go, with its traditional buildings housing extended families of up to forty people. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and because of the ever-present risk of fire, from time to time the pumps are all tested together, resulting in this rather splendid water display.

Winter in this historical mountain village in the northern Alps, with The floodlighting brings a warmth to the image, and provides an interesting range of colours for the puzzle.

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Code: E18015 (18-015 on box)
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Byōdōin, Kyoto
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Byōdōin, Kyoto

A head-on view of one of the most famous temples in Kyoto: the reflection makes for an interesting puzzle. The building, which appears in the design on a 10-yen coin in this view, is the Amida Hall, more familiarly known as the Phoenix Hall, after the birds perched on top of the central roof.

Mark Schumacher has an interesting page on the phoenix, including closeups of the birds on roof of this temple.

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Code: E18025 (18-025 on box)
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Mount Fuji panorama
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Mount Fuji panorama

In this panorama, Mt Fuji is seen from high on the hills to the north, across Kawaguchi lake.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Code: E18501 (18-501 on box)
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Tashiroike
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Tashiroike

High in the Japan Alps, the highest chain of mountains running north-south across the main island, the banks of this winding lake are fringed with wild azaleas.

More about wild azaleas in Sano Gallery

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Code: E18502 (18-502 on box)
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Kurashiki reflections
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Kurashiki reflections

These distinctive town houses are a reminder of the burgeoning of a new merchant class in the late Edo era (late 18th and 19th centuries). This area of the city of Kurashiki has been designated an architectural preservation area since 1979. If you've read my photo essay on walls, you might be interested to note the unusual arrangement of the embankment here, with courses of horizontally laid stones.

"Walls" in Sano Gallery

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Code: E18505 (18-505 on box)
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Hakodate nightscape
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Hakodate nightscape

Hakodate is an important port on Hokkaido as the gateway to the main island of Honshu. Positioned on an isthmus, the city is squeezed into neat outlines, between the sea and Mount Hakodate from which this photo is taken. It will make for a challenging and different puzzle.

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Code: E18506 (18-506 on box)
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Himeji cherry blossom
© JTB photo
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Himeji cherry blossom

A panoramic display of cherry blossom front Himeji Castle, famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, whose origins are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333.

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Philosopher's walk in spring
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Philosopher's walk in spring

This famous path in Kyoto is named after the philosopher Kitaro Nishida who would meditate while strolling along it. The cherry trees lining the waterway provide a display surely enough to raise the springtime spirits of any philosopher...

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Code: E18508 (18-508 on box)
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1500 pieces

Oigawa railway
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Oigawa railway

The Oigawa line is a private railway running from the Pacific coast mainline up into the foothills of the Southern Alps, and passing through some spectacular scenery.

Detail

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Code: E14112 (14-112 on box)
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Fuji reflected
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Fuji reflected

A perfect reflection of Mount Fuji against a dramatic sky. This view is from the north-west, across Shōjiko, the smallest of the "five lakes" that lie around the base of the mountain.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

This puzzle is one of the series of Epoch "grading" puzzles, and at two-kyu it is meant to be fairly difficult.

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Code: E14503 (14-503 on box)
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Dawn over Hokkaido lavender
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Dawn over Hokkaido lavender

A dramatic dawn view of the lavender fields in Furano, Hokkaido. This is one of Epoch's "graded" series (2 kyu), so it is not designed to be easy...

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Code: E14507 (14-507 on box)
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Mt. Fuji from Oshino
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Fuji from Oshino

Fuji towers above the village of Oshino, with its preserved old cottages and placid millpond.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below the mountain, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Ginkgo avenue in Tokyo
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Ginkgo avenue in Tokyo

Sunbeams filter through the bright yellow leaves of the ginkgo, a popular tree for city planting, and often to be seen in Tokyo.

See my "Plant Watcher's" page on the ginkgo.

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Kinkakuji in winter
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Kinkakuji in winter

The "Gold pavilion," perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, in the depths of winter. The placid waters and still grey trees are beautifully set off by the brilliant gold leaf of the building. This will not be an easy puzzle!

Kinkakuji was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple
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Rape flowers and cherry blossom (Ehime)
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Rape flowers and cherry blossom (Ehime)

With their mellifluous Japanese name, na-no-hana, these yellow flowers have earned a place in popular songs as an emblem of the countryside in spring. They set off the pink cherry blossoms perfectly in this view near Imabari, a city facing the inland sea.

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Kajuji iris pond
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Kajuji water-lily pond

This iris-fringed lotus pond lies in the grounds of Kajuji, one of the temples of Kyoto founded more than 1000 years ago.

Wikipedia article: Kajū-ji

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Springtime under steam
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Springtime under steam

A steam locomotive captured among the cherry blossoms, on the Mōka line in Tochigi. Passing through a traditional cotton-growing area, this line has never been electrified, and on weekends and holidays the usual diesel railcars are replaced by this steam train.

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Tropical beach in Japan
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Tropical beach in Japan

Japan is not usually thought of as tropical, but the chain of islands extending from Kyushu to Okinawa includes many coral islands, an unexploited paradise destination...

We are not given a precise location, just "Kagoshima Prefecture", but this must be somewhere in the Amami island group.

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Oirase rapids
© Fukushima Umon
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Oirase rapids

The Oirase river flows out of Lake Towada east to the sea, and the steep descent provides a renowned beauty spot. In autumn the trees put on a spectacular display of reds, yellows and browns.

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Plum park in autumn
© Ogawa Hidekazu
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Plum park in autumn

This park, with a history stretching back over 100 years, is famed for the earliest flowering times, and latest autumn foliage in Japan. It is located in Atami, a resort on the Pacific coast.

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Omihachiman navigation channel
© Epoch / Aflo / Minowa Masashi
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Omihachiman navigation channel

Originally opened up as a route for carrying thatching reeds between Lake Biwa (the largest lake in Japan) and the small lake, Nishi-no-ko, this canal is now a favourite tourist destination, particularly in cherry-blossom season.

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Furano lavender fields
© Yamamoto Keisuke
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Furano lavender fields

Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, has a gentler topography, and climate ideal for flower growing. Lavender fields provide a dash of brilliant colour in the summer countryside — and nearly half of the puzzle area is purple blossom, so do note expect it to be very easy!

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Himeji castle
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Himeji castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle." Birdlike or not, here it is nicely offset by the banks of azaleas in the foreground.

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Mt. Fuji aerial view
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Mt. Fuji aerial view

Aerial view from the north.

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Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia
© Kazuyoshi Nomachi

Uyuni salt flats, Bolivia

A puzzle where all the pieces are sky! The famous Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia are covered in water during the wet season, and provide this amazing mirror effect.

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Thatched cottage (Hiroshima)
© Morita Toshitaka
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Thatched cottage (Hiroshima) (Morita)

An idyllic scene in late spring: this thatched cottage, with its accompanying kura (storehouse) is reflected in a newly flooded paddy field, the scene completed by a cherry in full flower and a splendid set of koinobori (carp streamers for boys' day).

The house is preserved in Bihoku Park, in Shobara (Hiroshima Prefecture).

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

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Mist on the cliffs (Kitayama)
© Morita Toshitaka
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Mist on the cliffs (Kitayama) (Morita)

Some of Japan's wildest and most beautiful scenery lies in the Rikuchu Coast National Park... Gnarled pines cling in gravity-defying poses on the rugged cliff, and the sun breaks through the morning mist to complete the impression of grandeur.

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

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Sagano bamboo grove (Kyoto)
© Morita Toshitaka
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Sagano bamboo grove (Kyoto) (Morita)

A puzzler's puzzle! A path between neatly trimmed brushwood fences wends through this bamboo grove in Sagano, Kyoto. The puzzle is full of variations in tone, but still the mass of densely crowded bamboo trunks will take a lot of patience.

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

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Silver birch avenue in Hokkaido
© Morita Toshitaka
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Silver birch avenue in Hokkaido (Morita)

The landscape of northern island of Hokkaido is very different from the rest of Japan—the climate is distinctly cooler, and even though the latitude is that of northern Italy, one is reminded of Scandinavia. This elegant avenue of silver birches is near the city of Kitami, close to the Sea of Okhotsk.

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

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Hanging cherry (Kakunodate)
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Hanging cherry (Kakunodate)

Weeping cherry trees, many up to 200 years old, line the streets of the samurai area of the town of Kakunodate.

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Kenrokuen in snow
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Kenroku-en in snow

The famous garden, dating back to the 16th century, in winter garb. In the foreground is the stone lantern, perhaps the best known of its type. The tree "umbrellas" are ropes supporting the branches of ancient pines, under the weight of snow.

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Itsukushima cherry blossom
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Itsukushima cherry blossom

The great torii, or Shinto ceremonial gateway of Itsukushima shrine seen from an unusual perspective, looking out from Miyajima to the mainland. Completed in 1875, this torii is somewhat unusually sited in the tidal part of the bay, and is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

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Yellow for everyday happiness!
© Takako Chiba

Yellow for everyday happiness!

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Hokkaido lavender fields
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Hokkaido lavender fields

Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, has a gentler topography, and is famous for fields of flowers, and lavender in particular.

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Mt. Fuji from Oshino
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Fuji from Oshino

Mt. Fuji from the east, this time from a beautifully kept Japanese garden in Oshino.

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Rainbow bridge
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Rainbow bridge, Tokyo

One of the best-known landmarks of modern Tokyo, Rainbow Bridge connects one of the growing number of islands created in Tokyo Bay to the original shoreline.

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Itsukushima Shrine
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Itsukushima Shrine

A dramatic view of the great Torii of Itsukushima at sunset. This puzzle has interesting contrasts between the sea, the sky, and the stone lanterns.

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Miyajima fireworks
© Epoch
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Miyajima fireworks

The great torii, or Shinto ceremonial gateway of Itsukushima shrine stands vividly silhouetted against a firework display. Completed in 1875, this torii is somewhat unusually sited in the tidal part of the bay, and is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

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Matsushima fireworks
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Matsushima fireworks

A spectacular firework display reflected in the bay at Matsushima. This coincides with the summer O-bon festival, when lanterns representing the souls of the departed are floated out into the water.

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Himeji Castle with azaleas
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Himeji Castle with azaleas

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle." Birdlike or not, here it is nicely offset by the banks of azaleas in the foreground.

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)

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Mt. Fuji fireworks - across Lake Kawaguchi
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Mt. Fuji fireworks - across Lake Kawaguchi

Water is the best foreground for fireworks, and here there is the added attraction of Mount Fuji sitting serenely in the background, as though an old man who has seen fireworks before...

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Mashûko
© Appleone
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Mashûko

Mashûko - or Lake Mashu if you prefer - is a deep (140 m) caldera lake, with some of the clearest water in the world. What most of the guide books fail to mention is that this beautiful view is rather rare; when I went there, we saw nothing but thick cloud, above, below, and all around.

The wild orange lilies in the foreground are a common feature of the Japanese summer landscape.

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Hônen-in
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Hônen-in (Mizuno)

This temple was built in the Edo period (roughly 1600-1850) to honour Hônen, who was a much earlier Buddhist teacher. This is the central court, the "yard" of the temple head (not quite literally a yard, but hôjô, a square of side ten Japanese feet); the bridge over the pond symbolises the interval between "this world" and "the other world". The rooms we see feature some spectacular screen paintings, and are sometimes used as a venue for concerts.

What does the name mean?
hô
law
nen
thus
in
temple

Sorry: the gloss is rather mysterious, but after all, it is a personal name.

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Myôman-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Kôdai-ji (Mizuno)

An unimaginable amount of effort goes into making the rocks in this garden look as though they got where they are naturally!

What does the name mean?
kô
high
dai
stand
ji
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Ginkaku-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Ginkaku-ji (Mizuno)

Built in 1482 by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this was intended to be the silver counterpart to the even more famous Kinkaku-ji ("Gold pavilion"), but somehow they never got round to putting the silver foil on, so it's just wood. The "Silver pavilion" is really a nickname, and officially the temple is called Tôzan-jishô-ji.

What does the name mean?
gin
silver
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

This temple is very famous: just do a Google search for 'ginkakuji' to find out lots more about it.

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Myôman-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Myôman-ji (Mizuno)

An elegant bridge in the approach to the main gate crosses an azalea-fringed pond. Although founded in the ancient Muromachi period (roughly 1400s), this temple moved to its current site as recently as 1966. Whereas in Europe much fuss is made over castles and similar monuments being the original pile of stones, the famous wooden buildings of Japan have normally been rebuilt at regular intervals.

What does the name mean?
myô
mystery
man
full
ji
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Yoshimine-dera
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Yoshimine-dera (Mizuno)

Originally built in 1029, this temple stands on a steep mountainside to the west of the city of Kyoto. These globular trimmed azaleas are a common feature of Japanese gardens - and this is a splendid example of a Japanese wall, too. (Read my page on walls.)

What does the name mean?
yoshi
good
mine
peak
dera
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Shinsen-en
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Shinsen-en (Mizuno)

This garden was originally constructed at the same time as the fortifications of the old capital (Heian period: around 800 AD), taking its name from a spring on the site. The graceful simplicity of the arch is a timeless reminder of past glory.

What does the name mean?
shin
god
sen
spring
en
garden

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Konpuku-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Konpuku-ji (Mizuno)

This ancient temple fell into disrepair, but was restored in 1684-88. We see here not the main temple, but Bashô-an, a simple building for contemplation or whatever, which is just one of the many places visited by the famous travelling poet Basho (1644-1694). His peregrinations around Japan and poems in praise of the wonders of nature make him a sort of Japanese predecessor to Wordsworth.

What does the name mean?
kon
gold
puku
fortune
ji
temple
  ba
Ba-
shô
sho's
an
retreat

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Ryôan-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Ryôan-ji (Mizuno)

Autumn leaves form a canopy over the paved approach to Ryôanji, the temple founded in 1450 which is the home of the famous raked pebble garden.

What does the name mean?
ryô
dragon
an
repose
ji
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Mt. Fuji pink dawn
© Appleone
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Mt. Fuji pink dawn

Mist rises from the surface of the lake as if to meet the pink glow of dawn. (Another puzzle it would be fun to do upside down!)

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Aerial view
© JTB Photo
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Fuji from Lake Ashi

A majestic view of Fuji see from Lake Ashi, 30 km to the South-East. In the foreground, almost hidden by the forest, is the Shinto Shrine of Hakone, with a splendid torii rising from the water.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Hokkaido poppies
© Beverly Enterprises
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Hokkaido poppies

Hokkaidô is the northernmost large island of Japan, with very different topography. Rolling hills and pastures give it a much more "European" feel than the islands further south. Here brilliant red poppies lie next to a swathe of purple lavender; we are not given the exact location.

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Hokkaido lavender fields
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Hokkaido lavender fields

A little cooler than most of Japan, the northern island of Hokkaido is ideal for flower growing. Here lavender stretches as far as the eye can see, even lending a purple haze to the distance.

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Hokkaido sunflowers
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Hokkaido sunflowers

Hokkaidô, the northernmost large island of Japan, is typified by gentle landscapes that give it a much more "European" feel than the other islands. Vincent van Gogh would surely have felt at home in this field of sunflowers, outside the town of Biei.

The official Biei town website (in Japanese)

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Tsumago
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Tsumago - old post town

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Amazingly well-preserved buildings line this street in Tsumago, a staging point where the old Nakasendo road begins to climb over the Japan Alps. Morning glory features in the foreground, while on the mountain side disappearing into mist, sugi (cryptomeria) trees tower over typically frothy bamboos.

Kanji sign Kanji sign

On the right is the famous Matsushiroya inn - here's how to read the signs in the picture. The juku means "a place to stay", referring to the town's status as a staging point.

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Mt. Fuji
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Fuji - cool breeze

Daisies sway in the breeze, in this view from the north, across Kawaguchi lake.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Karasawa falls
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Karasawa falls

One of Japan's many medium-sized waterfalls, with a drop of about 15 metres. Actually not the only one called Karasawa-no-taki, either - I found two in Nagano prefecture alone, but it's fairly clear that ours is the one at Sugadaira. The splash of golden yellow in the foreground is the very common yamabuki, well-known to Western gardeners as the shrub Kerria.

Japanese sites with photographs of Karasawa-no-taki: The one in the puzzle - Another one (further south: Kiso-Fukushima)

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Takayama
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Takayama

A splendid display of wisteria in the old part of Takayama, in the northern Alps. This is a preserved part of the town, but the businesses are real: the wisteria graces the front of the Hisadaya restaurant, which displays the day's fare on individual wood shingles on a row of little hooks. The next building is the Takashima crafts (kôgei) gift shop. (The enlargements on the right will help you to read the signs.)

Kanji sign Kanji sign

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Takayama

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Shirakawa-go
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Shirakawa-go

Snow-encrusted persimmons hang over a view of winter in this historical mountain village in the northern Alps. These traditional buildings housed extended families of up to forty people.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Shirakawa-go

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Ama-no-hashidate
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Ama-no-hashidate

This is one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan" (along with Matsushima and Miyajima, all coastal sites). A ribbon of old pine trees covers a natural sand spit formation that almost closes the mouth of the bay - the traditional belief is that it is best viewed upside down, with your head between your legs. Of course, you can do the puzzle whichever way up you prefer. This winter scene is not all grey: in the foreground bright pink ume (plum) blossoms poke out from under their covering of snow.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Ama-no-hashidate
See also : Itsukushima shrine, one of the other "Three sights" - The classic view (2016 small pieces) and Cherry blossom time (1000 pieces)

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Fuji - rosy dawn
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Fuji rosy dawn

Yet another view from Oshino. There are touches of pink on the mountain, but reflected in the icy pond we see the whole face of Fuji as a rosy glow.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Dramatic dawn
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Mt. Fuji swans

Swans feed on Tanuki-ko, a small lake to the west, as the sun rises over Mt. Fuji.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Mt. Fuji peach blossom
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Mt. Fuji peach blossom

Fuji as seen from a peach orchard to the west.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Thailand - Phi Phi Islands
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Thailand - Phi Phi Islands

A scene made famous by the film "The beach"...

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Hida-no-sato
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Hida-no-sato

Nestling among a riot of autumn tints, these gasshô-zukuri houses form an outdoor museum - Hida-no-sato ("the village of Hida"), on the outskirts of Takayama, preserving a rural scene once common in this region. The name gasshô-zukuri refers to the Buddhist prayer pose, with the fingertips together; basically it means a large-scale roof with timbers forming an inverted V.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Hida
Note the susuki grass fringing the pond in the foreground: Plant-Watcher's page

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Dramatic dawn
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Mt. Fuji sweetcorn

Sweetcorn cobs drying in the cold but bright winter sun. This is the view from Oshino, a village to the north-east of Fuji.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Yamadera
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Yamadera

These temple buildings clinging amazingly to the side of a rocky mountain inspired the poet Basho ("the Wordsworth of Japan"; 1644-1694) to another famous haiku - "The silence of the rock and the singing of the cicada". This site in Yamagata Prefecture, in the north of Japan, is best known as Yamadera, though the title on the box gives the temple its official name: "Risshaku-ji."

What does the name mean?
yama
mountain
dera
temple
ris-
standing
shaku
stone
ji
temple

Interesting page on Yamadera

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Night blossom (Takato Castle)
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Night blossom (Takato Castle)

A striking night view of the cherry blossom inside the ruins of Takatô castle, in Nagano Prefecture. The season here, in the mountains, is from mid to late April, and although spring brings warmer weather, the nights are still long, and many sites are lit up for evening "flower-viewing" parties.

There is enough pink that this puzzle will not be the easiest (though not too much of the jet-black sky), but the result is a very striking picture.

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Kanshûji and waterlilies
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Kanshûji and waterlilies

This lotus pond lies in the grounds of Kanshûji, one of the temples of Kyoto founded more than 1000 years ago. The small pagoda, dedicated to Kannon, may be a minor building, but together with the fringing irises sets off the pond in a perfect picture.

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Kumano old road
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Kumano old road

The old tea-house in this beautiful photograph would have been a welcome sight greeting a traveller reaching the southern end of this historic road: an old pilgrimage route through the mountains, now preserved as a World Heritage site.

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Mt. Fuji
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Fuji cherry blossom

The ultimate symbols of Japan - Mt Fuji and the cherry blossom, in this view from the north, across Kawaguchi lake.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Tokyo twilight
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Tokyo twilight

One of the best-known landmarks of modern Tokyo, Rainbow Bridge connects one of the growing number of islands created in Tokyo Bay to the original shoreline.

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

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Fuji with flowers
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Fuji with flowers

The lake across which we see Mount Fuji is fringed with a wide expanse of the low-growing shibazakura, or moss phlox, a common garden plant in Japan.

Detail
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Fuji in spring
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Fuji in spring

Cherry blossoms line this brook, with Mount Fuji towering in the background, still in its winter coat.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Aizuwakamatsu Castle
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Aizu-wakamatsu Castle

Although this castle boasts a history stretching back more than 600 years, it was damaged in the Battle of Aizu — hostilities during the switch from the rule of the Shoguns to the Meiji restoration — and the main tower was destroyed by 1874. It was rebuilt (in reinforced concrete) in 1965, and finally in 2011 the black roof tiles were returned to the authentic red tiles from the time of its destruction. The castle grounds contain around a thousand cherry trees, one of which frames the view here.

The castle is in the modern city of Aizu-wakamatsu, after which it is usually named in English, but it is also known as Tsurugajô, or "Crane Castle".

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Fuji from the lavender fields
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Fuji from the lavender fields

Mount Fuji seen from a lavender field, across Lake Kawaguchi, to the north of the mountain.

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Tokyo Tower
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Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower, 333 m tall, has been the most famous Tokyo landmark since 1958. The panoramic background is also dominated by the Mori Tower building, part of the new Roppongi Hills development.

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Rainbow bridge
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Rainbow bridge

One of the best-known landmarks of modern Tokyo, Rainbow Bridge connects one of the growing number of islands created in Tokyo Bay to the original shoreline.

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Gokayama
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Gokayama

Irises line the paddy fields in this preserved village of the traditional mountain houses, high above Toyama.

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Fuji reflected
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Fuji reflected

An enhanced photographic representation of the revered "Red Fuji."

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Fuji with flowers
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Fuji with flowers

The lake across which we see Mount Fuji is fringed with a wide expanse of the low-growing shibazakura, or moss phlox, a common garden plant in Japan.

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Himeji Castle mosaic
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Himeji Castle mosaic

Over 3000 scenic photos of Japan make up this version of Himeji Castle, famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, whose historical origins are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333.

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* This puzzle picture is made from more than a thousand tiny images.

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Edo castle
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Edo castle

Modern-day Tokyo was once a fishing village called Edo, and it was here that this castle was built in 1457, later becoming the residence of the Tokugawa Shoguns. The keep was destroyed by fire in 1657, but the site remained, eventually becoming the present Imperial Palace. This digital reconstruction shows the castle as it may have looked four hundred years ago.

Wikipedia article: Edo Castle

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Azuchi castle
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Azuchi castle

The castle of Oda Nobunaga, built on the shores of Lake Biwa from 1576 to 1579, but was mostly destroyed by fire within ten years. It was not just a military castle, but also a rather luxurious residence intended to impress guests.

Now only the site remains, but this digital reconstruction gives us a bird's-eye view of the castle as it may have looked.

Wikipedia article: Azuchi Castle

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Angkor Wat
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Angkor Wat

This is the largest in the complex of temples at Angkor in Cambodia. From here a powerful family of kings ruled much of south-east Asia, from around the year 900 to 1432. The city was then abandoned, and more or less lost to the jungle, until rediscovered by a French explorer, Henri Mouhot, in 1860.

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Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)

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Mt. Fuji from Oshino
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Fuji from Oshino

Fuji towers above the village of Oshino, with its preserved old cottages and placid millpond.

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Taj Mahal
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Taj Mahal

Perhaps the most beautiful building in the world, caught at one of the best moments, a clear dawn.

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Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

The Chinese name (also used in Japanese, of course) is "10,000-li fortification": it actually extends for a total of 12,700 li, or around 6,350 km.

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Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)

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Tsumago
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Tsumago - old post town

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Amazingly well-preserved buildings line this street in Tsumago, a staging point where the old Nakasendo road begins to climb over the Japan Alps.

Kanji sign Kanji sign

On the right, a red traditional umbrella provides a splash of colour outside the famous Matsushiroya inn. Here's how to read the signs in the picture; the juku means "a place to stay", referring to the town's status as a staging point.

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Aerial view
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Mt. Fuji aerial view

Seen from the east, with the Japan Alps in the distance.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

More about Mt. Fuji and more puzzles

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Gansenji in autumn
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Gansenji in autumn

This brilliantly painted pagoda is outdone (just!) by the dazzling red and yellow foliage of its surroundings.

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Kaminarimon gate in Asakusa
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Kaminarimon gate in Asakusa

This huge gateway stands in Asakusa, at the heart of old Tokyo. Although usually known as Kaminarimon, or "Lightning gate" as written on the giant lantern (about 4 m tall, sponsored by Matsushita Electric), it is officially called Furaijin-mon, after the gods of wind (fu) and thunder (rai), who sit on either side. Like all other buildings in the area, this was reconstructed after being completely destroyed in the Second World War.

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Rainbow bridge
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Rainbow bridge

One of the best-known landmarks of modern Tokyo, Rainbow Bridge connects one of the growing number of islands created in Tokyo Bay to the original shoreline.

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Ozegahara
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Ozegahara

Ozenuma, or "Oze swamp," is another name for this wetland area, right on the junction of Tochigi, Niigata, and Gunma prefectures. It's also an easy train ride from Tokyo, and a popular destination for hikers, hence requiring a twin boardwalk. This is early summer, when the wetland is covered with yellow lilies.

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Tashiroike
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Tashiroike

High in the Japan Alps, the highest chain of mountains running north-south across the main island, the banks of this winding lake are fringed with wild azaleas.

More about wild azaleas in Sano Gallery

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Shirakawa - late autumn
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Shirakawa - late autumn

Late autumn, and ripening persimmons: another of the gasshôzukuri houses, named after a supposed resemblance between the roof and hands at prayer. These were built to house extended families of up to forty people.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Shirakawa-go

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Byôdôin (Kyoto)
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Byōdōin, Kyoto

A head-on view of one of the most famous temples in Kyoto: the reflection makes for an interesting puzzle. The building, which appears in the design on a 10-yen coin in this view, is the Amida Hall, or more familiarly the Phoenix Hall, after the birds perched on top of the central roof.

Mark Schumacher has an interesting page on the phoenix, including closeups of the birds on roof of this temple.

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Seiganto-ji and Nachi falls
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Seiganto-ji and Nachi falls

Near the southern tip of the Kii peninsula below Kyoto, this pagoda, just part of the temple complex, enjoys a commanding view of the impressive Nachi falls. Although the falls are actually across a valley, a suitable viewpoint brings them into the same picture.

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Massed azaleas (Osaka)
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Massed azaleas (Osaka)

Azaleas bloom in profusion in this park in Misaki, just south of Osaka. Puzzles like this are never too easy, but there is plenty of variation in colour: white, variegated pink, and deeper shades of red.

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Okayama castle gardens
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Okayama castle gardens

These gardens around Okayama castle (which we see in the background) were built in the Edo period, taking just 13 years and completed in 1700. Of classical layout, with a different vista at every turn, the gardens are formally known as Kôrakuen, and are regarded as one of the trio of most famous gardens in Japan.

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Enryakuji - Shiga
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Enryakuji - Shiga

Although strictly in Shiga prefecture, this temple is part of the sacred mountain site of Hiei-san, on the Eastern outskirts of Kyoto. In this simple but peaceful scene, the temple building, with its bronze and stone lanterns, stands among the giant cryptomeria trees.

Background history: Wikipedia article

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Thai stupa
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Thai stupa

This stupa (the inverted 'bell' building) is in Sukhothai, capital of the ancient kingdom of northern Thailand. Appropriately for a sacred Buddhist edifice, lotus blossoms crowd the foreground.

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Weeping cherry - Niigata
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Weeping cherry - Niigata

Weeping cherry in full bloom, pink petals dotting the surface of the stream that wends its way under the ornamental bridge. The setting is a park in Yuzawa, high in the mountains north of Tokyo - this town is famous as the location of Kawabata's novel The Snow Country. "The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country..." (Seidensticker's translation)

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Mt. Fuji
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Fuji sunflowers

From the foreground of sunflowers, Mt Fuji is seen across Kawaguchi lake, in this view from the north.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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The silence of dawn - Mt. Fuji
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The silence of dawn - Mt. Fuji

A dramatic dawn view. This will not be an easy puzzle, yet the subtle gradations in the photograph mean that there are no completely blank areas.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Jissou-in pebble garden
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Jissou-in pebble garden

One of the temples of Kyoto, Jissô-in was founded in 1299. Though less well known than the famous pebble garden at Ryôan-ji, its "dry" garden is perhaps easier to understand - the central stone is a carving of Buddha, and the surrounding eight rocks represent the eight disciples listening to their leader's teachings. All this set off by the gorgeous red maples.

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Cherry blossom time - Itsukushima
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Cherry blossom time - Itsukushima

The great torii, or Shinto ceremonial gateway of Itsukushima shrine seen from an unusual perspective, looking out from Miyajima to the mainland. Completed in 1875, this torii is somewhat unusually sited in the tidal part of the bay, and is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

Detail

See also: Itsukushima - the classic view (1000 pieces) and Ama-no-hashidate (1000 pieces), one of the other "Three sights"

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Kurashiki
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Kurashiki

These distinctive town houses are a reminder of the burgeoning of a new merchant class in the late Edo era (late 18th and 19th centuries). This area of the city of Kurashiki has been designated an architectural preservation area since 1979.

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Genkyuen gardens
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Genkyuen gardens

These gardens were created in 1677, at the base of the hill on which stands Hikone Castle, built earlier in the 17th century. The central lake includes four islands and nine bridges.

Here we see the castle towering above, and the lakeside pavilions, reflected in the tranquil water...

Detail

Wikipedia article: Hikone Castle

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Vacation spot
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Vacation spot

An idyllic place for a hammock — in the Maldive islands...

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Sagano bamboo grove
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Sagano bamboo grove

A puzzler's puzzle! A path between neatly trimmed brushwood fences wends through this bamboo grove in Sagano, Kyoto. The puzzle is full of variations in tone, but still the mass of densely crowded bamboo trunks will take a lot of patience.

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Kintai bridge
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Kintai bridge

This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. We are told that the name Kintaikyô - or "Brocade sash bridge" - is derived from a resemblance to a kimono sash. This is pretty unconvincing, until you realise that the river under the bridge is Nishikigawa: this Nishiki is the Japanese reading for "brocade", written with the same Chinese character as the Kin in Kintai.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

Matsumoto-san's excellent photographs of the bridge (in Japanese)
Hokusai's painting (Interesting to see his perception of the stone pillars: compare my essay on walls. And for more than you ever needed to know about bridges, read J. E. Gordon.)

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Arashiyama
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Arashiyama

"Moon-crossing-bridge" is the literal name of this famous bridge (Togetsukyō) across the Ōi River on the western outskirts of Kyoto. Arashiyama is the name of the area, and of the tree-clad mountain beyond the river.

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Kochi Castle
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Kochi Castle

A striking view of the front gate (outemon) of Kochi Castle - seen in the background. This makes a splendid photograph for a puzzle, with the range of widely varying textures.

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The former Glover residence, Nagasaki
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The former Glover residence, Nagasaki

The oldest Western style house surviving in Japan and Nagasaki's foremost tourist attraction, this house was built in 1863 for Thomas Glover, from Scotland, and stands in the park that bears his name.

More information in the Wikipedia article

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Kintai bridge
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Kintai bridge

An image of surreal colours — the pink cherry blossom blending with the pink-purple of dusk as the floodlights being to light the pillars. This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. We are told that the name Kintaikyô - or "Brocade sash bridge" - is derived from a resemblance to a kimono sash. This is pretty unconvincing, until you realise that the river under the bridge is Nishikigawa: this Nishiki is the Japanese reading for "brocade", written with the same Chinese character as the Kin in Kintai.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

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Kiyomizudera at cherry blossom time
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Kiyomizudera at cherry blossom time

This very famous Kyoto temple is trestled out from the side of the hill overlooking Kyoto. The original temple is said to have been founded more than 1200 years ago, but most of the present structure dates from the 1600s.

What does the name mean?
kiyo
pure
mizu
water
dera
temple
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Manshu-in
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Manshu-in

Founded in the 8th century, this Kyoto temple is particularly well-known for its splendid garden.

This will be an interesting puzzle, with plenty of colour and texture variation...

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Sagano teahouse
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Sagano teahouse

This traditional teahouse is in Sagano, an old suburb of Kyoto.

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Kyoto cherry blossom
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Kyoto cherry blossom (Morita)

A quiet corner of the Gion area of Kyoto provides a splendid display of cherry blossoms, and plenty of contrasting textures in the details of the historic buildings.

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

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Bishamon-dô
© Kouichi Sudou
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Bishamon-dô

Steps strewn with brilliant fallen maple leaves form the approach to the Hall of Bishamon, part of the Jingo-ji complex in Kyoto. Although almost all of the picture is foliage, this framework will make the puzzle a pleasure to do.

Wikipedia articles on the Jingo-ji temple site; and Vaiśravaṇa, the original Bishamon

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Red Fuji reflections
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Red Fuji reflections

Mount Fuji appears in its red robes in this view from the east at dawn, across Lake Yamanaka.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Ginkaku-ji
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Ginkaku-ji

Built in 1482 by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this was intended to be the silver counterpart to the even more famous Kinkaku-ji ("Gold pavilion"), but somehow they never got round to putting the silver foil on, so it's just wood. The "Silver pavilion" is really a nickname, and officially the temple is called Tōzan-jishō-ji.

This tasteful photograph will be a nice challenge, yet not tedious because of the variations in tint and texture of the green pieces.

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Fuji in spring
© Tagami Akira
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Fuji in spring

Mount Fuji in its spring coat through a mass of cherry blossom makes for a challenging puzzle!

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Yahiko Park maples
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Yahiko Park maples

Maples in the foreground leave tantalising glimpses of the traditional bridge, a feature of this park near Niigata.

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Dōgo Onsen
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Dōgo Onsen

Boasting a history going back more than a thousand years into the time of legend, this hot spring resort is now surrounded by a 21st-century city. But the main building is still an impressive sight, attracting tourists as well as those seeking relaxation. It is said to be the model for the bath-house in the Ghibli classic Spirited Away.

Wikipedia article

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Great Blue Hole, Belize
© Yoshio Tomii

Great Blue Hole, Belize

A spectacular natural feature in the western Caribbean, this natural sinkhole is a popular tourist attraction, and makes a challenging image for a puzzle.

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Stepped paddies
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Stepped paddies

A dramatic view of paddy terraces high in the mountains. Views like this are actually rare in Japan, because the fertile coastal plains have always provided the bulk of the rice crop.

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Goryōkaku star fort at cherry blossom time
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Goryōkaku star fort at cherry blossom time

Said to be the earliest example of a western style fortress in Japan, this castle was built in 1855 to a French design by the Tokugawa Shogunate. A park since 1914,this is a favourite location for cherry blossom viewing.

The name (五稜郭 in Japanese) means "five-pointed"; the detached triangular part in the foreground gives the impression of six points, but this is due to the extreme wide-angle perspective of the photograph.

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Great Wall of China
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Great Wall of China

The Chinese name (also used in Japanese, of course) is "10,000-li fortification": it actually extends for a total of 12,700 li, or around 6,350 km.

(From the Epoch "World Heritage" series)

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Angkor Wat
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Angkor Wat

This is the largest in the complex of temples at Angkor in Cambodia. From here a powerful family of kings ruled much of south-east Asia, from around the year 900 to 1432. The city was then abandoned, and more or less lost to the jungle, until rediscovered by a French explorer, Henri Mouhot, in 1860.

(From the Epoch "World Heritage" series)

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Itsukushima Jinja
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Itsukushima Jinja

The classic view of the Itsukushima shrine, looking out into the bay at the great torii. This Shinto ceremonial gateway was completed in 1875, and is unusual in being sited in the tidal part of the bay.

This is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan" - and since 1996 has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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See also: Cherry blossom time (1000 pieces) and Ama-no-hashidate (1000 pieces), one of the other "Three sights"

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Tôshôgu, Nikko
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Tōshōgu, Nikko

This spectacular entrance, Yômeimon, is the central feature of this World Heritage site in Nikkô (Tochigi). The whole site is a Shinto shrine (Tôshôgu) built in the early 1600s to honour Tokugawa Ieyasu, the very first Shogun of the Tokugawa era. Since he was the most powerful man in Japan at the time, perhaps it is not so surprising that for a Shinto building this is unusually ornate.

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Hong Kong at night
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Hong Kong at night

The famous view from Victoria Peak on Hong Kong island, looking across the water to Kowloon.

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

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Memories of steam
© Tajima Tsuneo
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Memories of steam

A historical shot of the C62 class locomotive number 47 pulling the Yuzuru express on the Joban line on 2nd August, 1966. This is the east coast main line north from Tokyo, in the brief interval when only the section north of Iwaki had not yet been electrified.

This is a lightly colorised version of a photograph taken by Tajima when still a schooboy.

Original photograph on photographer's website

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Venice - Ponte Rialto fireworks
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Venice - Ponte Rialto fireworks

A dazzling firework display over the Grand Canal lights up the Rialto, the bridge at the heart of Venice.

* This puzzle is cut to make pieces harder to find.

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Kyoto moss garden
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Kyoto moss garden

Though officially known as Saihôji, this temple is better known as Kokedera, the "Moss Temple", because of its expansive gardens entirely carpeted in moss (120 species, we're told). The temple was originally founded in the eighth century, and the garden restored in 1339.

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Shinkansen below Mount Fuji
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Shinkansen below Mount Fuji

The iconic shot of modern Japan: the "bullet train" passing below Mount Fuji. This is the N700, the version introduced in 2007, cutting the journey time between Tokyo and Osaka to under two-and-a-half hours.

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Norokko sightseeing train
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Norokko sightseeing train

This tourist train ambles through the lavender fields of Hokkaido, its speed kept deliberately low. The name is a meld of noro-noro ("dawdling") and torokko, meaning a simple open-top wagon; the nameplate is written in deliberately imitative characters, so it looks rather like "Joyo" — but this probably doesn't mean anything!

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Sunflowers on the Furano line
© Masaaki Horimachi
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Sunflowers on the Furano line

This scenic line, right in the middle of Hokkaido, extends from Asahikawa through Biei to Furano, and the area is famous for its varied colourful fields of flowers. Here a diesel multiple unit passes a sea of golden sunflowers...

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Mount Fuji with the
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Mount Fuji with the "blue train"

Below Mount Fuji we see the "Blue train", the long-distance sleeper service connecting Tokyo to Kyushu, with a history stretching back to 1929. The service was finally withdrawn in 2009, with emotional farewells from crowds of fans.

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Lake Mashuko
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Lake Mashuko

Mashûko - or Lake Mashu if you prefer - is a deep (140 m) caldera lake, with some of the clearest water in the world. What most of the guide books fail to mention is that this beautiful view is rather rare; when I went there, we saw nothing but thick cloud, above, below, and all around.

The wild orange lilies in the foreground are a common feature of the Japanese summer landscape.

(From the Epoch "Power Spot" collection)

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Shirakawa-go in winter
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Shirakawa-go in winter

Winter in this historical mountain village in the northern Alps, with its traditional buildings housing extended families of up to forty people. The floodlighting brings a warmth to the image, and provides an interesting range of colours for the puzzle.

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Sapporo glistening
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Sapporo glistening

Famous for its ice festival, Sapporo is one of the few cities in Japan with the space to present large-scale views. This is Odori Park, originally designed as a fire-break in the 19th century, and running right across the city. The winter illuminations bring a sense of warmth, despite the freezing temperatures.

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Steam and snow
© Takeda Kazutaka
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Steam and snow

This steam locomotive, C11 171, was built in 1940, and retired in 1975. After 24 years sleeping in a park in Shibecha, in the wild east part of Hokkaido, it was restored and in 2000 began to provide a winter service on the line through the Kushiro wetlands to Shibecha. It now pulls passengers through this winter wonderland, while the carriages are equipped with old-fashioned stoves to provide both warmth and a nostalgic touch.

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Ginzan spa resort
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Ginzan spa resort

This spa is well-known in Japan since featuring in the TV drama Oshin, but probably more famous worldwide as the inspiration for the bath-house location in Miyazaki's anime feature "Spirited away".

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Itsukushima shrine
© Masanori Yamanashi
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Itsukushima shrine

A very dramatic evening view of the great Torii of Itsukushima. At high tide it is completely surrounded by the sea.

Wikipedia article

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Sagano grove in winter
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Sagano grove in winter

This view of the famous bamboo grove outside Kyoto always makes a challenging puzzle, and it is not obvious whether the winter snow version will be slightly easier or slightly harder!

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Tokyo tower
© AFLO
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Tokyo tower

Still the biggest landmark, at 333 m tall, Tokyo Tower celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2008. But the panoramic background is also dominated by the Mori Tower building, part of the new Roppongi Hills development.

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

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Sanzen-in, Kyoto
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Sanzen-in, Kyoto

Like many other of the famous temples of Kyoto, Sanzen-in is not an extrovery showpiece, rather a contemplative haven in beautiful natural surroundings. Here the view out onto the garden is from a room which provides an elegant frame.

* The picture on the box has a number of "mistakes", slight differences from the puzzle.

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SL Kifujin
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SL Kifujin

This C57-180 steam locomotive, built in August 1946, was restored, and in 1999 started a regular tourist run on the Ban'etsu-nishi line from Niigata on the west coast to Aizu-wakamatsu; by 2002 it had carried a quarter of a million passengers. It has been given a new name - Kifujin - or "Lady", preceded by the universal Japanese abbreviation "SL" for Steam Locomotive

View the Timetable (in Japanese)

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Hida paddy fields
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Hida paddy fields

The famous preserved village of Shirakawagô has its extended-family houses surrounded by paddy fields, showing that rice can be grown even in the high valleys of the Japan Alps. The Hida name is the ancient kuni name of this area; it's now part of Gifu.

Photo note: I hesitated about this puzzle. It's a good close up view of paddy fields, but even given today's fashion for highly saturated photographs, I find the colours exaggerated. It is a fun puzzle to do, though, because of the reflection symmetry.

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Yonezawa Road - beech woods
© Morita Toshitaka
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Yonezawa Road - beech woods (Morita)

A remnant of the historical Yonezawa Road, over the mountains of northern Honshu. First opened around 1520, for nearly four centuries this way a major means of communication, until supplanted by the line of the modern road in the Meiji era. Never designed for wheeled traffic, these once-busy stones are now covered with moss, dappled with sunlight filtering through the beech leaves.

Detail

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

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Kumano Old Road
© Morita Toshitaka
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Kumano Old Road (Morita)

A well-preserved old tea-house on this historic road - an old pilgrimage route through the mountains, which is now a World Heritage site. The open room on the right displays a tasteful foliage arrangement, and a couple of shapely gourds.

Detail

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

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Kinkakuji
© Morita Toshitaka
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Kinkakuji (Morita)

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple
Detail

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

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Kochi Castle
© Morita Toshitaka
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Kochi Castle (Morita)

A nicely angled view of the front gate (outemon) of Kochi Castle - seen in the background. This makes a splendid photograph for a puzzle, with the range of widely varying textures.

Detail

Wikipedia article on Kochi Castle

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

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Paradise
© Keyphotos

Paradise

No map showing paradise is available, but it looks like somewhere in the pacific!

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Kinkakuji
© Road
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Kinkakuji

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple

Photo note: This photograph is not up to Road's usual (extremely) high standards. It looks around twenty years old, at least, but this may be because the building had become rather shabby before getting a new coat of gold leaf at the beginning of 2003, in which case perhaps this is a photo from its previous restoration. At least the building itself is in an excellent state here.

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Kenrokuen
© Orion Press
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Kenrokuen

This very famous garden dates back to the 17th century; beyond the bridge we see the distinctive arch-based stone lantern that is its symbol. The neatly trimmed azaleas are a characteristic of this garden style.

This puzzle also available in 300 pieces

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Fuji from Oshino
© Road
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Fuji from Oshino

A crisp winter view, Fuji towering serenely above these traditional cottages in Oshino.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Kyoto cherry blossom
© Road
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Kyoto cherry blossom

A beautiful photograph of a beautiful hanging cherry, in the Gion-Shirakawa area of Kyoto. This puzzle will not be particularly easy (there is a lot of pink!) but the teahouses in the background provide a wonderful variety of textures. Hanging in front of the windows are sudare, the traditional reed blinds that in summer help to keep the interior from the searing Kyoto heat.

Detail
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Kômyôji, Kyoto
© Fumihiko Murakami/amana images
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Kômyôji, Kyoto

The main entrance to this temple is a famous spot for autumn colours. ("Fall colors" if you like: Japan is blessed with many of the red maples that remind me more of scenes of New England than of the older England I come from.) The first temple on this site is said to have been founded in 1198, but the current building dates from around 1750.

What does the name mean?
kô
light
myô
bright
ji
temple

Detail
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Fuji cherry blossom
© Road
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Fuji cherry blossom

The ultimate symbols of Japan - Mt Fuji and the cherry blossom. This view is from the south (Shizuoka side).

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White beach
© Orion Press

White beach

Somewhere under the tropical sky...

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Waraku
© Shogo Kariyazaki, Masayuki Hayashi

Waraku (Kariyazaki)

A modern ikebana master presents a profusion of autumnal flowers and fruits - chrysanthemums and daisies cluster under red maple leaves, while persimmons hang low. And all this to a backdrop of ornate gold-leaf decorated fusuma, the sliding dividing screens.

The title, Waraku, might be loosely translated "Peaceful pleasure".

Kariyazaki's website

Born in Tokyo in 1958, Kariyazaki (his family name) studied in the Sogetsu school of ikebana, or traditional flower arranging, then developed his own style of "space arrangement". He has been responsible for interior decoration at many VIP events, notably the tenth anniversary celebrations of the current Emperor's enthronement, and President Clinton's visit to Tokyo. While running his own studio, he still finds time for frequent TV appearances.

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Ginkgo avenue
© Yanoman
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Ginkgo avenue

Brilliant gold! The ginkgo is a popular tree for city planting, and is seen to advantage here in Tokyo. Another puzzle for those who like a challenge.

See my "Plant Watcher's" page on the ginkgo.

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Fuji floating
© Morita Toshitaka
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Fuji floating (Morita)

Cherry blossom and a (distant) view of Mt Fuji. This is taken from Izu Peninsula to the south, looking across the bay of Numazu. Just the snowcap floats mysteriously above the spring haze.

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Cherry avenue
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Cherry avenue

This avenue runs along the bank of the Gongendô river, in the middle of the Kanto Plain, and is a famous location for cherry-blossom viewing.

This puzzle is not for beginners: the mass of pink blooms occupies about 75% of the area of the picture.

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Kumano old road
© Yanoman
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Kumano old road

This is an old pilgrimage route through the mountains. Looking at the paving snaking its way upwards, we can almost feel the cool greenness of the forest. A sombre picture, this will not be a very easy puzzle, but it is full of textural variation.

Detail
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Kintaikyo
© Yanoman
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Kintaikyo - a summer's day

This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. We are told that the name Kintaikyô - or "Brocade sash bridge" - is derived from a resemblance to a kimono sash. This is pretty unconvincing, until you realise that the river under the bridge is Nishikigawa: this Nishiki is the Japanese reading for "brocade", written with the same Chinese character as the Kin in Kintai.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

Detail

Matsumoto-san's excellent photographs of the bridge (in Japanese)
Hokusai's painting (Interesting to see his perception of the stone pillars: compare my essay on walls. And for more than you ever needed to know about bridges, read J. E. Gordon.)

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Fuji from Kiyosato
© Yanoman
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Fuji from Kiyosato

A distant view of Mt. Fuji, from the mountains to the north. Much of Japan is still unspoilt wilderness, and this puzzle includes a huge swathe of mixed forest, in gorgeous autumn hues. A classic Yanoman scenic puzzle, this should be challenging yet not tedious.

Detail
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Hokkaido sunset
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Hokkaido sunset

A dramatic sky, and a powerful impression of cold wilderness, yet amazingly this location (Hitsuji-ga-oka, lit. "Sheep-hill") is right on the outskirts of Sapporo.

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Cherry blossom tunnel
© Yanoman
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Cherry blossom tunnel

Steam trains still run on the Oigawa line, a private railway running from the Pacific coast mainline up into the foothills of the Southern Alps. This one is called Sakura ('Cherry'), appropriately enough, since the line is famous for the cherry trees planted on either side to form a "tunnel".

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Yokohama nightscape
© Kitakawa Shigetaka
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Yokohama nightscape

The gradual spread of the Tokyo-Yokohama conurbation out into Tokyo Bay has created some dramatic modern cityscapes. This is the Minato Mirai 21 development area of Yokohama, here seen to glamorous effect.

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Mt. Fuji and Shinjuku skyscrapers
© Kitakawa Shigetaka
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Mt. Fuji and Shinjuku skyscrapers

A distant view of Mt. Fuji through the skyscrapers of the Shinjuku district of Tokyo.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

Detail
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Fuji aerial view
© Studio Sato
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Fuji aerial view

The classic cone of Mount Fuji, in an aerial view from the north.

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Fuji reflected
© Tokiko Takeuchi
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Fuji reflected

In this view from the north, the graceful beauty of Fuji's cone is reflected in Lake Yamanaka.

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Himeji Castle
© Yanoman
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Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)
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Kurashiki
© Yanoman

Kurashiki

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These distinctive town houses are a reminder of the burgeoning of a new merchant class in the late Edo era (late 18th and 19th centuries). This area of the city of Kurashiki has been designated an architectural preservation area since 1979. If you've read my photo essay on walls, you might be interested to note the unusual arrangement of the embankment here, with courses of horizontally laid stones.

"Walls" in Sano Gallery
An English teacher's tourist photos of Kurashiki

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Tenryûji garden
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Tenryûji garden

In the famous garden of this Kyoto temple, which was originally established in 1339, splashes of red and yellow foliage contrast with the vivid green moss that carpets the ground and encrusts the rocks.

What does the name mean?
ten
heaven
ryû
dragon
ji
temple
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Autumn pond, Karuizawa
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Autumn pond, Karuizawa

Vivid autumn tints are reflected in this little pond. Getting to Karuizawa means a very steep climb of almost 1000 metres just off the edge of the Kanto Plain, but this has made it a highly popular traditional resort for escaping the heat of Tokyo summer.

English guide to Karuizawa

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Okumino
© Yanoman
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Okumino

This is the sort of puzzle I like best - all those different textures - and it's also an excellent portrayal of the essence of traditional building construction. But it's clear that this is some kind of conservation area, since there are no wires to be seen in the sky.

Gifu is the prefecture to the west of the Japan Alps, and this area, Okumino, lies in the foothills. The photograph is of a view in the town of Hachiman.

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Kintaikyo bridge (maples)
© Yanoman
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Kintaikyo bridge (maples)

This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. We are told that the name Kintaikyo - or "Brocade sash bridge" - is derived from a resemblance to a kimono sash (see the Japan Information Network link below). This is pretty unconvincing, until you realise that the river under the bridge is Nishikigawa: this Nishiki is the Japanese reading for "brocade", written with the same Chinese character as the Kin in Kintai.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

Matsumoto-san's excellent photographs of the bridge
Hokusai's painting (Interesting to see his perception of the stone pillars: compare my essay on walls. And for more than you ever needed to know about bridges, read J. E. Gordon.)

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Jôjakkô-ji
© Yanoman
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Jôjakkô-ji

This view features both the spectacular autumn colours for which Japan is justly famed, and the Buddhist temples and their gardens for which Kyoto (the imperial capital until 1868) is known. The name of this temple refers to Buddhist "paradise"; it was originally established in 1596.

What does the name mean?
jô
ever-
lasting
jak-
sweet-
ness
kô
light
ji
temple
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Mt. Fuji - Dawn
© Yanoman
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Mt. Fuji - Dawn

This view is from Oshino, with the early morning sun striking the mountain.

There is a lot of purple in this puzzle, which is going to make it something of a challenge!

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Kintaikyo cherry blossom
© Yanoman
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Kintaikyo cherry blossom

This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. We are told that the name Kintaikyô - or "Brocade sash bridge" - is derived from a resemblance to a kimono sash (see the Japan Information Network link below). This is pretty unconvincing, until you realise that the river under the bridge is Nishikigawa: this Nishiki is the Japanese reading for "brocade", written with the same Chinese character as the Kin in Kintai.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

Detail

Matsumoto-san's excellent photographs of the bridge
Japan Information Network - some details of the bridge
Hokusai's painting (Interesting to see his perception of the stone pillars: compare my essay on walls. And for more than you ever needed to know about bridges, read J. E. Gordon.)

Also 1000 pieces: Kintaikyô in autumn

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Weeping cherry
© Takeuchi Toshinobu
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Weeping cherry (Takeuchi)

In the grounds of Kôrinji, a Buddhist temple in Nagano Prefecture, this pendulous cherry stands against a perfect backdrop of mature bamboos. Though obviously of considerable age, the tree does not fail in its annual display.

This is a beautiful photograph - the colours, while subdued, are rich, and the detail is breathtaking. Takeuchi comments that (rather than knowing about lenses and things) the key to taking photographs like this is knowing in advance where the best trees are.

The photographer, Takeuchi Toshinobu, born in 1943, is well-known as a nature photographer, and teacher. (Takeuchi is his family name.)

Technical details: Zenza Bronica GS-1 Zenzanon PG 250 mm, 1/4sec f/22, Fujichrome Velvia; polarising filter and tripod

Detail
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Palm beach (Maldives)
© Yanoman
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Palm beach

... in the Maldive Islands

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After the rain
© Takeuchi Toshinobu
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After the rain (Takeuchi)

The mist rises over the surface of Tadamigawa, the long river that flows through Fukushima in northern Japan. The rain has passed, leaving the vegetation of this mixed forest looking lusher than ever.

The photographer, Takeuchi Toshinobu, born in 1943, is well-known as a nature photographer, and teacher. (Takeuchi is his family name.)

Technical details: Pentax 67II 200mm F4 lens, 1/10sec f/16; Fujichrome Velvia; tripod

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Rainbow falls
© Takeuchi Toshinobu
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Rainbow falls (Takeuchi)

This is Shiraito-no-taki, or "White-thread falls", just west of Mt. Fuji. At the right time of the morning on a sunny day, it displays the beautiful arch of a rainbow. With a drop of 25 m, and a total width of 200 m, this is only the most famous of many waterfalls of this name.

The photographer, Takeuchi Toshinobu, born in 1943, is well-known as a nature photographer, and teacher. (Takeuchi is his family name.)

Technical details: Zenza Bronica GS-1 Zenzanon PG 250 mm, 1/2sec f/32; Fujichrome Velvia; tripod

Here's a site (in Japanese) dedicated to waterfalls of this name: Map of Shira(ito) falls across Japan (blue/cyan blobs: Shiraito-no-taki, red/pink blobs: Shirataki)

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Dazzling maples
© Takeuchi Toshinobu
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Dazzling maples (Takeuchi)

Fukushima in northern Japan again (but we're not given a precise location, so the map is a guess). The tints of autumn foliage are truly stunning, thanks to the abundance of mixed forest.

The photographer, Takeuchi Toshinobu, born in 1943, is well-known as a nature photographer, and teacher. (Takeuchi is his family name.)

Technical details: Pentax 645N2, 80-160mm zoom, f/16 AE; Fujichrome Velvia; polarising filter; tripod

Detail
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Frozen dawn
© Takeuchi Toshinobu
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Frozen dawn (Takeuchi)

Deepest winter on the Tokachi plain in Hokkaido (no precise location), in the total stillness after dawn - the temperature -20 degrees. Against the dark forest background, steam rising from hot springs forms an ethereal floating cloud.

The photographer, Takeuchi Toshinobu, born in 1943, is well-known as a nature photographer, and teacher. (Takeuchi is his family name.)

Technical details: Pentax 645N2, 600mm telephoto, f/16 AE +2/3 exposure adjustment; polarising filter; tripod

Detail
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Seiganto-ji and Nachi falls
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Seiganto-ji and Nachi falls

Near the southern tip of the Kii peninsula below Kyoto, this pagoda, just part of the temple complex, enjoys a commanding view of the impressive Nachi falls. Although the falls are actually across a valley, a suitable viewpoint brings them into the same picture.

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Byôdôin
© Epoch
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Byōdōin, Kyoto

A strikingly different wide-angle view of one of the most famous temples in Kyoto. Compared with the usual "full-frontal" view, as in the design on a 10-yen coin, here we get a good sense of the setting and surrounding garden. This building is the Amida Hall, or more familiarly the Phoenix Hall, after the birds perched on top of the central roof.

Mark Schumacher has an interesting page on the phoenix, including closeups of the birds on roof of this temple.

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Philosopher's walk in spring
© Yanoman
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Philosopher's walk in spring

This famous path in Kyoto is named after the philosopher Kitaro Nishida who would meditate while strolling along it. The cherry trees lining the waterway provide a display surely enough to raise the springtime spirits of any philosopher...

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Cherry pink
© Yanoman
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Cherry pink

Hirosaki Castle, in northern Japan, is famous for its cherry trees, the first of which are said to have been brought from Kyoto in 1715. These trees overhang the moat like pink clouds over a pink sea - making what is surely the puzzle for lovers of cherry blossom.

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Kobe port at night
© Apollo-sha
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Kobe port at night

The lights of Kobe port, now happily recovered from the 1995 earthquake. A natural harbour and important port from ancient times, when Japan opened its doors to the world in 1868, Kobe became one of the principal points of foreign influence, together with Yokohama and Nagasaki, and it retains this cosmopolitan feel to this day.

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Tashiroike in winter
© JAL Photo Service
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Tashiroike in winter

High in the Japan Alps, the highest chain of mountains running north-south across the main island, this winding lake is a well-known summer beauty spot. In winter it takes on a very different character: severe, but no less picturesque.

There is a lot of interesting detail in this puzzle, but it will not be easy!

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Just travelling
© JTB photo
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Just travelling

The famous view of Tsumago, a staging point where the old Nakasendo road begins to climb over the Japan Alps. But the focus in this picture is on the cat sitting outside the famous Matsushiroya inn.

From the Epoch "Feline wanderings" series Neko-no-sanpo

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Gold for success!
© Takako Chiba

Gold for success!

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 759 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E57006 (57-006 on box)
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Rainbow dream
© Maki Mizuno

Rainbow dream

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Code: E57007 (57-007 on box)
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Summer comes to Oirase
© JTB photo
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Summer comes to Oirase

The Oirase river flows out of Lake Towada east to the sea, and the steep descent provides a renowmed beauty spot. Here and there, mountain azaleas provide splashes of colour amid the green.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 759 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E57501 (57-501 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Ninna-ji temple
© Epoch
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Ninna-ji temple

This temple is famed for its collection of 200 or so cherry trees, here seen in full bloom. Originally founded in 888, most of the buildings in the Ninna-ji precinct date from the seventeenth century.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 759 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E57503 (57-503 on box)
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Sanneizaka
© JTP photo
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Sanneizaka

In a quaint corner of Kyoto, these steps are part of the passage called Sanneizaka. There are various theories for the origin of the name, but the most prominent one (based on the characters used to write the name today) is that it refers to a prayer for safe childbirth.

The cherry blossoms and traditional roof tiles provide an exquisite combination of textures for this puzzle.

Detail

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600 pieces

Philosopher's walk
© Apollo
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Philosopher's walk

This famous path in Kyoto is named after the philosopher Kitaro Nishida who would meditate while strolling along it. The waterway is lined by cherry trees, which provide not only a display of blossom in the spring but also a rich pattern of reds and yellows in the autumn.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Apollo puzzle: 600 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47204 (47-204 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Hirosaki castle moat
© Apollo
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Hirosaki castle moat

The moat of Hirosaki Castle, in northern Japan, overhung with its famous cherry trees, the first of which are said to have been brought from Kyoto in 1715.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Code: P47205 (47-205 on box)
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500 pieces

Kôdai-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Kôdai-ji (Mizuno)

Neatly trimmed azalea bushes provide a colour contrast with the building housing the living quarters for this temple.

What does the name mean?
kô
high
dai
stand
ji
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Code: A05172 (500-172 on box)
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Pathway, Hônen-in
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Pathway, Hônen-in (Mizuno)

Though subdued in mood, this is a vibrant photograph. It appears to be early summer, and the rain-soaked flagstones emphasise the lush foliage. The wide range of textures will prevent this from being tedious as a puzzle, and it would make a wonderful picture for the wall.

What does the name mean?
hô
law
nen
thus
in
temple

Sorry: the gloss is rather mysterious, but after all, it is a personal name.

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Ryôan-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Iris pond, Ryôan-ji (Mizuno)

This temple, founded in 1450, is best known for the raked pebble garden, but also has very beautiful more conventional gardens. This spring profusion of irises and lotus blossoms is said to have been the model for Monet's impressionist pond paintings.

What does the name mean?
ryô
dragon
an
repose
ji
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Code: A05186 (500-186 on box)
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Murôji pagoda
© Beverly Enterprises
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Murôji pagoda

Murôji is a mountain temple on the outskirts of Nara. As is the case with many temple buildings, this pagoda is built in the middle of woods, leaving no ideal viewpoint for photographing it. Here we peer up the stone steps flanked by colourful, if slightly moth-eaten rhododendrons.

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Code: B050118 (050-118 on box)
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Azumino
© Beverly Enterprises
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Azumino

An idyllic rural scene high in the Northern Alps. But this particular view is very well known, because the water mill was featured in Yume (Dream), the film by Kurosawa Akira.

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Code: B050119 (050-119 on box)
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Fuji - Oshino
© Beverly Enterprises
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Mt. Fuji from Oshino

Mt. Fuji from the east, this time from a beautifully kept Japanese garden in Oshino.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Code: B050142 (050-142 on box)
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Magome post town in spring
© Beverly Enterprises
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Magome post town in spring

Magome is the forty-third station on the old Nakasendo route (counting from Tokyo), and together with the forty-second (Tsumago) has been restored as a historical monument. It is easy to imagine how daunting this slope would have looked to travellers of centuries past, being the start of many uphill days.

The richly-varied textures will make this an enjoyable, and never tedious puzzle.

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Code: B75257 (75-257 on box)
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Kenrokuen - azaleas
© Fumio Yumoto
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Kenrokuen - azaleas

This very famous garden dates back to the 17th century; beyond the bridge we see the distinctive arch-based stone lantern that is its symbol. The neatly trimmed azaleas are a characteristic of this garden style.

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Code: E05056 (05-056S on box)
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Crystal Island
© Nakamura Tsuneo
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Crystal Island (Nakamura)

This lagoon in the Truk islands is captured by the marine photographer Nakamura Tsuneo. (The simple composition and foreground in particular make for a real "puzzler's puzzle.")

Nakamura is a distinguished Japanese marine photographer.
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Tsutanuma, autumn tints
© Epoch
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Tsutanuma, autumn tints

A gorgeous autumn scene of dawn lighting up the forest. Although only 500 pieces, this will make a nice challenge, since almost all the pieces are various shades of red.

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E05089 (05-089 on box)
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Fuji - winter
© Epoch
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Mt. Fuji - winter snow scene

A beautiful snow scene - from another part of Oshino, to the east.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Code: E51598 (51-598 on box)
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Bamboo pathway
© Sekai Bunka Photo
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Bamboo pathway

A puzzler's puzzle! A stepped footpath climbs through the bamboo grove in Rakusai, Kyoto. There is a lot of green in this puzzle, in a gradation from the dark shadows among the bamboo trunks to the sunlit sky seen through the topmost fronds.

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Code: RS5580 (RS-55-80 on box)
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Kyoto moss garden
© Road
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Kyoto moss garden

Though officially known as Saihôji, this temple is better known as Kokedera, the "Moss Temple", because of its expansive gardens entirely carpeted in moss (120 species, we're told). The temple was originally founded in the eighth century, and the garden restored in 1339.

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Shirakawa-go in spring
© Yanoman
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Shirakawa-go in spring

Blossom surrounds a tiny paddy field as spring comes to this village in the northern Alps.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Shirakawa-go

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Code: Y05710 (05-710 on box)
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Miyajima fireworks
© Yanoman
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Miyajima fireworks

The great torii, or Shinto ceremonial gateway of Itsukushima shrine stands vividly silhouetted against a firework display. Completed in 1875, this torii is somewhat unusually sited in the tidal part of the bay, and is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

Detail

Brad Templeton's photos of Miyajima
See also: Itsukushima cherry blossom and Ama-no-hashidate (1000 pieces), one of the other "Three sights"

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Code: Y05781 (05-781 on box)
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Shinkansen below Mount Fuji
© Yanoman
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Shinkansen below Mount Fuji

The iconic shot of modern Japan: the "bullet train" passing below Mount Fuji. This is the N700, the version introduced in 2007, cutting the journey time between Tokyo and Osaka to under two-and-a-half hours.

* This puzzle has micro pieces

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Code: Y4109 (41-09 on box)
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Osaka castle
© Yanoman
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Osaka castle

Restoration of the main tower of Osaka castle was finally completed in 1997. Though made of concrete, it is a faithful reproduction of the original.

* This puzzle has micro pieces

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A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 22 x 17 cm (9" x 7")
Code: Y4110 (41-10 on box)
Retail price ¥1000

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Seventy islands, Palau
© Yanoman
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Seventy islands, Palau

The immensely beautiful islets are in the Rock Islands, part of the Pacific nation of Palau.

* This puzzle has micro pieces

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A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 22 x 17 cm (9" x 7")
Code: Y4113 (41-13 on box)
Retail price ¥1000

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Old-time steam journey (Yamaguchi)
© Ebihara Mikio
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Old-time steam journey (Yamaguchi)

This steam locomotive is number one of the C57 type, which has acquired the nickname of Kifujin, or "Lady", runs a nostalgic service on the Yamaguchi line across western Honshu.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Code: E08035 (08-035 on box)
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Pink for a precious person
© Maki Mizuno

Pink for a precious person

A tasteful collection – actually a range of hues not only pink, for an interesting puzzle.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08036 (08-036 on box)
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Nagaoka fireworks
© Epoch
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Nagaoka fireworks

The famous Nagaoka firework festival fills the sky with rosettes, while the bridge across the Shinano River is brilliantly lit with a "Niagara" display.

Detail

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Code: E08513 (08-513 on box)
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Nara fire festival
© Epoch
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Nara fire festival

The firework display accompanies a older tradition - burning off the previous year's dead grass, here covering the slopes of Wakakusa-yama (342 m high), and making a spectacular sea of fire.

Detail

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Kobe port firework display
© AFLO
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Kobe port firework display

Dazzling display of fireworks over Kobe port. This is a modern development out into the bay, including a pleasure park–the big wheel is prominent, though reduced to a solid blur by the long exposure needed to capture the fireworks.

A natural harbour and important port from ancient times, when Japan opened its doors to the world in 1868, Kobe became one of the principal points of foreign influence, together with Yokohama and Nagasaki, and it retains this cosmopolitan feel to this day.

Detail

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Sumidagawa firework display (Tokyo)
© Epoch
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Sumidagawa firework display (Tokyo)

Sumidagawa is the great river through Tokyo that is the site of the annual summer fireworks display.

Detail

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Takayama
© AFLO
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Takayama

A well-preserved street in the old part of Takayama, in the northern Alps. The splendid display of wisteria graces the front of the Hisadaya restaurant, which has perhaps provided the colourful parasols. The next building is the Takashima crafts (kôgei) gift shop, so though preserved, the town is still alive.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Takayama

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Code: E08527 (08-527 on box)
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Grand Palace, Bangkok
© Amanaimages
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Grand Palace, Bangkok

A night view of the fabulous complex of buildings that has been the official residence of the Kings of Thailand for over two hundred years.

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An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08530 (08-530 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Guilin dawn
© Epoch
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Guilin dawn

China's most famous and spectacular scenery, the gorges on the Li river at Guilin.

Detail

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Code: E08553 (08-553 on box)
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Red Fuji
© Apollo
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Red Fuji

A spectacular aerial view of the rare but genuine meteorological phenomenon whereby at dawn or sunset the whole side of the mountain appears to glow red.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below the mountain, the best views are from the north and east sides.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Apollo puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P46201 (46-201 on box)
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Fuji cherry blossom
© Apollo
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Fuji cherry blossom

The ultimate symbols of Japan - Mt Fuji and the cherry blossom, in this view from the north, across Kawaguchi lake.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below the mountain, the best views are from the north and east sides.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Cherry avenue
© Takashi Sato
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Cherry avenue

This avenue runs along the bank of the Gongendô river, in the middle of the Kanto Plain, and is a famous location for cherry-blossom viewing.

This will not be an easy puzzle - more than half of the area of the picture is occupied by the mass of pink blooms.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Kintai bridge with cherry blossom
© Apollo-sha
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Kintai bridge with cherry blossom

This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. The name of the river is Nishikigawa, or "Brocade river", and the name of this bridge suggests it is like the sash of a kimono.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Apollo puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P46217 (46-217 on box)
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Nostalgic blue train
© RGG

Nostalgic blue train

The "Blue train", the long-distance sleeper service which connected Tokyo to Kyushu, from 1929 to 2009, when it was finally eliminated by competition from the shinkansen and the air alternative. This photo is somewhere in Kyushu.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 52 x 18 cm (20" x 7")
Code: E52101 (52-101 on box)
Retail price ¥1800

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Kyoto temples
© Epoch
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Nara temples

A striking dawn view of the twin pagodas of Yakushi-ji, one of the historic temples of Nara, capital of Japan from 710 to 784.

Wikipedia article

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52135 (52-135 on box)
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Mount fuji with bullet train
© Epoch
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Mount fuji with bullet train

The iconic shot of modern Japan: the "bullet train" (Shinkansen) passing below Mount Fuji. This is the N700, the version introduced in 2007, cutting the journey time between Tokyo and Osaka to under two-and-a-half hours.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 52 x 18 cm (20" x 7")
Code: E52144 (52-144 on box)
Retail price ¥1800

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Oirase in summer
© Amana Images
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Oirase in summer

The Oirase river flows out of Lake Towada east to the sea, and the steep descent provides a renowmed beauty spot. Delicate shades of wild azaleas provide splashes of colour amid the green.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Code: E52702 (52-702 on box)
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Tokyo waterfront nightscape
© Epoch
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Tokyo waterfront nightscape

Rainbow Bridge and the rest of the modern Tokyo waterfront twinkles in the twilight...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 52 x 18 cm (20" x 7")
Code: E52711 (52-711 on box)
Retail price ¥1500

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Tokyo Station
© Epoch
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Tokyo Station

Tokyo station has been recently renovated, and its imposing red-brick frontage looks smarter than ever. Over recent decades it has also gained a backdrop of huge office buildings, making an interesting blend of textures for a puzzle.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 52 x 18 cm (20" x 7")
Code: E52720 (52-720 on box)
Retail price ¥1500

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Tashiroike
© Epoch
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Tashiroike

High in the Japan Alps, the highest chain of mountains running north-south across the main island, this winding lake is a well-known beauty spot.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 52 x 18 cm (20" x 7")
Code: E52726 (52-726 on box)
Retail price ¥1500

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Morning mist
© Beverly Enterprises
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Mt. Fuji

From the east - a foreground of cosmos daisies.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

More about Mt. Fuji and more puzzles

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Code: B030112 (030-112 on box)
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Aerial view
© Beverly Enterprises
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Mt. Fuji aerial view

Seen from the north.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

More about Mt. Fuji and more puzzles

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Code: B030152 (030-152 on box)
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Himeji Castle
© Beverly Enterprises
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Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)
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Kinkakuji
© Beverly Enterprises
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Kinkakuji

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple
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Steps to Kibune shrine
© Beverly Enterprises
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Steps to Kibune shrine

How many hundreds of thousands of feet have climbed these worn old steps? On the side of a mountain just north of Kyoto, the way is lined by relatively recent lanterns (in the traditional style, of course), that have no doubt been contributed by those who hope to be remembered at this ancient monument.

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Zenzanji - wisteria
© Beverly Enterprises
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Zenzanji - wisteria

A rather splendid wisteria tree is among the lush foliage surrounding this pagoda at Zenzanji (temple). The building was never quite finished - there are no handrails or windows in the top storey - and the surprisingly beautiful effect of this led it to be known as the "Tower of perfect imperfection".

This temple is situated high in central Japan, a region of clean clean air that spawned the precision engineering industry (clocks and watches), and later the high-tech revolution.

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Code: B030160 (030-160 on box)
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Kurobe autumn colours
© Beverly
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Kurobe autumn colours

The Kurobe Gorge cuts deep into the Japan Alps, and up this valley wends this light railway, built to supply hydroelectric developments, but also carrying tourists to provide spectacular views.

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B33105 (33-105 on box)
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Cherry blossom in Kyoto
© Beverly
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Cherry blossom in Kyoto

Kimono-clad figures cross the bridge in Gion, the traditional area of Kyoto.

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B33111 (33-111 on box)
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Fuji - Oshino
© Beverly Enterprises
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Mt. Fuji from Oshino

Mt. Fuji from the east, this time from a beautifully kept Japanese garden in Oshino.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Tôshôgu, Nikko
© Koichiro Kitaoku
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Tōshōgu, Nikko

This spectacular entrance, Yômeimon, is the central feature of this World Heritage site in Nikkô (Tochigi). The whole site is a Shinto shrine (Tôshôgu) built in the early 1600s to honour Tokugawa Ieyasu, the very first Shogun of the Tokugawa era. Since he was the most powerful man in Japan at the time, perhaps it is not so surprising that for a Shinto building this is unusually ornate.

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Mt. Fuji with maples
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Mt. Fuji with maples

Brilliant red maples - and Mt Fuji seen across Kawaguchi lake, to the north.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Autumn view of Kenrokuen
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Autumn view of Kenrokuen

A view with the maples at their most brilliant of this very famous garden, which dates back to the 17th century; beyond the bridge we see the distinctive arch-based stone lantern that is its symbol.

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Kiyomizu Temple with maples
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Kiyomizu Temple with maples (Mizuno)

Seen through the maples: the top of the pagoda at this very famous Kyoto temple. The original temple is said to have been founded more than 1200 years ago, but most of the present structure dates from the 1600s.

What does the name mean?
kiyo
pure
mizu
water
dera
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Kôdai-ji pebble garden
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Kôdai-ji pebble garden (Mizuno)

Another of the "dry" pebble gardens of Kyoto. The lighting on the cherry blossom and gravel makes a striking image, full of the textural variation that makes a puzzle interesting.

What does the name mean?
kô
high
dai
stand
ji
temple
Detail

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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Kintaikyo
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Kintaikyo - cherry blossom

This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. We are told that the name Kintaikyô - or "Brocade sash bridge" - is derived from a resemblance to a kimono sash. This is pretty unconvincing, until you realise that the river under the bridge is Nishikigawa: this Nishiki is the Japanese reading for "brocade", written with the same Chinese character as the Kin in Kintai.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

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Matsumoto-san's excellent photographs of the bridge (in Japanese)
Hokusai's painting (Interesting to see his perception of the stone pillars: compare my essay on walls. And for more than you ever needed to know about bridges, read J. E. Gordon.)

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Kuonji - weeping cherry
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Kuonji - weeping cherry

Kuonji is a historically important temple, dating back to 1281, in central Japan—just a valley to the west of Mount Fuji. The weeping cherry must be of a considerable age too, standing almost as high at the main building.

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Byôdôin (Kyoto)
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Byôdôin (Kyoto)

A head-on view of one of the most famous temples in Kyoto: the crisp reflection makes for an interesting puzzle. The building, which appears in the design on a 10-yen coin in this view, is the Amida Hall, or more familiarly the Phoenix Hall, after the birds perched on top of the central roof.

Mark Schumacher has an interesting page on the phoenix, including closeups of the birds on roof of this temple.

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Matsumoto Castle with cherry blossom
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Matsumoto Castle with cherry blossom

Matsumoto, high in the Japan Alps, has one of the best-preserved castles in Japan. Here we see it perfectly framed by cherry blossom.

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Cherry avenue
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Cherry avenue

This avenue runs along the bank of the Gongendô river, in the middle of the Kanto Plain, and is a famous location for cherry-blossom viewing.

This will not be an easy puzzle—around 80% of the area of the picture is occupied by the mass of pink blooms.

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Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi
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Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi

A majestic view of Fuji see from Lake Ashi, 30 km to the South-East. The foreground is dominated by the brilliantly painted galleon(!), but beyond it and almost hidden by the forest, is the Shinto Shrine of Hakone, with a splendid torii rising from the water.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Bora Bora paradise
© Beverly Enterprises
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Bora Bora paradise

Spectacular mountains, coconut palms, and a lagoon,... what more could anyone need?

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Mt. Fuji
© Beverly
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Fuji with daisies

Daisies sway in the breeze, in this view from the north, across Kawaguchi lake.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Yokohama night view
© Gyro Photography
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Yokohama night view

The gradual spread of the Tokyo-Yokohama conurbation out into Tokyo Bay has created some dramatic modern cityscapes. This is a night view of the Minato Mirai 21 development area of Yokohama from an aircraft.

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Kiyomizudera cherry blossom
© Yuji Higashida
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Kiyomizudera cherry blossom

This very famous Kyoto temple is trestled out from the side of the hill overlooking Kyoto. The original temple is said to have been founded more than 1200 years ago, but most of the present structure dates from the 1600s.

What does the name mean?
kiyo
pure
mizu
water
dera
temple
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Kamigamo Shrine
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Kamigamo Shrine

This is one of two associated Shinto shrines on the Kamo river in northern Kyoto, its name meaning "Upper Kamo shrine" — the other is Shimogamo ("Lower Kamo"). The two have a very long history, going back to the Heian period (c. AD 800), but as is the tradition the structures themselves are maintained and rebuilt as necessary. This is the ornate main gate (rōmon), seen through the spring foliage.

One of the oldest shrines in Japan, it is now a World Heritage site.

Wikipedia article

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Kameido shrine
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Kameido shrine

An oasis of calm in central Tokyo, the gardens of Kameido Shrine are famous for the displays of wisteria around the geometrically shaped pond.

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Sagano bamboo grove (Kyoto)
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Sagano bamboo grove (Kyoto)

A path between neatly trimmed brushwood fences wends through this bamboo grove in Sagano, Kyoto. Even at just 300 pieces, the mass of densely crowded bamboo trunks will make this puzzle quite a challenge.

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Mt. Fuji from Tokyo
© Epoch
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Mt. Fuji and Shinjuku skyscrapers

A different view! Fuji seen behind the skyscrapers of the Shinjuku district of Tokyo.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Thai stupa
© Epoch
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Thai stupa

This stupa (the inverted 'bell' building) is in Sukhothai, capital of the ancient kingdom of northern Thailand. Appropriately for a sacred Buddhist edifice, lotus blossoms crowd the foreground.

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Mount Fuji lavender fields
© Epoch
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Mount Fuji lavender fields

Mount Fuji seen from a lavender field, across Lake Kawaguchi, to the north of the mountain.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Kaminarimon giant lantern in Asakusa
© Epoch
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Kaminarimon giant lantern in Asakusa

This huge lantern (about 4 m tall, sponsored by Matsushita Electric) adorns the famous entrance in Asakusa. Kaminari means "lightning", but the entrance is officially known as Furaijin-mon, after the gods of wind (fu) and thunder (rai), who sit on either side. Like all other buildings in the centre of old Tokyo, this was reconstructed after the area was completely destroyed in the Second World War.

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Asakusa temple in Tokyo
© Epoch
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Sensô temple in Tokyo

Asakusa is in the heart of the old Edo, that became modern Tokyo—the name of this temple is Sensô-ji, with the Chinese reading of the same characters Asakusa (or "shallow-grass", as we might read them in English). All of the buildings were reconstructed after the area was completely destroyed in the Second World War.

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Aerial view
© Motonobu Sato
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Mt. Fuji aerial view

Seen from the north.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

More about Mt. Fuji and more puzzles

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Fuji - Oshino
Picture © Fumio Yumoto
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Fuji - Oshino

Another view from Oshino, this time from a beautifully kept Japanese garden.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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Kenrokuen - irises
© Fumio Yumoto
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Kenrokuen - irises

Kenrokuen is a famous garden in Kanazawa, on the Japan Sea coast. Here the stream threads its way between the purple kakitsubata, a delicate variety of iris, and the foreground azaleas.

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Kurashiki
© Apollo
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Kurashiki

These distinctive town houses are a reminder of the burgeoning of a new merchant class in the late Edo era (late 18th and 19th centuries). This area of the city of Kurashiki has been designated an architectural preservation area since 1979.

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Heian shrine cherry blossom
© Apollo-sha
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Heian shrine cherry blossom

A classic view of the Kihin-kan ("guest residence") in the gardens of the Heian shrine in Kyoto. This site was built relatively recently, in 1895, on the site of the Emperor's palace in Kyoto, commemorating 1100 years since the capital moved there from Nara.

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Kumano old road
© Apollo-sha
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Kumano old road

A well-preserved old tea-house on this historic road - an old pilgrimage route through the mountains, which is now a World Heritage site.

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Seiganto temple and Nachi falls
© Apollo
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Seiganto temple and Nachi falls

Near the southern tip of the Kii peninsula below Kyoto, this pagoda, just part of the temple complex, enjoys a commanding view of the impressive Nachi falls. Although the falls are actually across a valley, a suitable viewpoint brings them into the same picture.

This beautiful photograph has a lot of background forest and cliffs, but the touches of mist will probably make them slightly easier rather than harder.

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Mt Fuji and the bullet train
© Apollo
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Mt Fuji and the bullet train

A bright yellow sea of rapeseed flowers (na-no-hana) provides the foreground to this classic shot of the "bullet train" (Shinkansen) passing below Mount Fuji. This is the N700, the version introduced in 2007, which cut the journey time between Tokyo and Osaka to under two-and-a-half hours.

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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara
© Apollo
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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara

The impressive entrance to one of the historical treasures makes a particularly nice picture for a puzzle: the varying textures and repeating patterns provide fascination, particularly the row of bronze lanterns. As is the tradition in Japan, wooden buildings are rebuilt regularly, preserving their beauty...

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Violet beach
© Orion Press

Violet beach

Idyllic scene on a palm-fringed beach. We're not told where, but does it matter?

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Kenrokuen
© Orion Press
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Kenrokuen

This very famous garden dates back to the 17th century; beyond the bridge we see the distinctive arch-based stone lantern that is its symbol. The neatly trimmed azaleas are a characteristic of this garden style.

This puzzle also available in 1000 pieces

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Matsumoto Castle
© Keyphotos
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Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto, high in the Japan Alps, has one of the best-preserved castles in Japan. Here the beautifully restored keep is set off perfectly by the red bridge across the moat, and the mass of wisteria hanging over the walls.

Detail

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Tulips in Tokyo
© Yanoman
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Tulips in Tokyo

The mass of bright flower beds give a European feel to this park in a suburb of Tokyo.

The site is interesting: originally the Tachikawa airfield, it became a US air base in September 1945, then finally in 1983 it was converted to a park, commemorating fifty years of the reign of Emperor Showa (Hirohito).

Park history (in Japanese)

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Alps express
© Yanoman
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Alps express

In the Meiji era (late 19th century) Japan decided on a narrow gauge rail system, because this allows tighter curves in the difficult mountain terrain. Now the Shinkansen ("Bullet train") network is progressively replacing the old lumbering trains - "expresses" by name only, since the lines are too tortuous to achieve high speed. This 183-series in its smart red and cream livery passing below Mt. Yatsugatake is a nostalgic sight, as it was phased out in December 2002. The train bears its name "Kaiji" on the front; it is an L tokkyû: a "limited (i.e. faster) express", though no-one seems to be sure what the "L" stands for.

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Morning mist on azaleas (Mt. Chokai)
© Chiba Katsutsuke
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Morning mist on azaleas (Mt. Chokai)

Wild azaleas (Rhododendron japonicum) in the morning mist - an atmospheric view below Mount Chokai (2236 m) in Northern Japan, a volcano that last erupted in 1974.

A photo by Chiba Katsutuke, taken 6 am, early June.

Technical details: Sinar F whole-plate camera, 75-mm lens, 1/4-second at f/22; Fujichrome Velvia film

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Mamako falls with azaleas
© Higashida Yuji
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Mamako falls with azaleas

Mamako falls in Kyushu makes an impressive sight with its 20-metre drop.

The photographer, Higashida Yuji comments that because the location is overshadowed by trees he chose an overcast day in March, bringing out a rich palette of colour both in the azaleas and the tones of the water surface.

Technical details: Linhof Master Technika 4x5 Field Camera, Nikkor 300 mm, 4 seconds at f/64; Fujichrome Velvia

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Angkor Wat
© Epoch
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Angkor Wat

This is the largest in the complex of temples at Angkor in Cambodia. From here a powerful family of kings ruled much of south-east Asia, from around the year 900 to 1432. The city was then abandoned, and more or less lost to the jungle, until rediscovered by a French explorer, Henri Mouhot, in 1860.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Seiganto-ji
© Epoch
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Seiganto-ji

Near the southern tip of the Kii peninsula below Kyoto, this pagoda, just part of the temple complex, enjoys a commanding view of the impressive Nachi falls. Although the falls are actually across a valley, a suitable viewpoint brings them into the same picture.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Mountain train with hydrangeas
© Yanoman
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Mountain train with hydrangeas

The Hakone mountain railway, passing by the famous hydrangeas.

* This puzzle is postcard size, with micro pieces

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Train to happiness
© Yanoman
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Train to happiness

Two otherwise insignificant stations in Hokkaido became famous in a 1974 song "From Ai-no-kuni to Kofuku". The picture shows Kofuku, which means "Happiness"; the other station Ai-no-kuni means "country of love"...

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Kaminari Gate, Tokyo
© Yanoman
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Kaminarimon gate in Asakusa

This huge lantern (about 4 m tall) adorns the famous entrance in Asakusa, officially known as Furaijin-mon, after the gods of wind and thunder, who you can just see on either side.

* This puzzle is postcard size, with micro pieces

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Tokyo Tower
© Yanoman
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Tokyo Tower

At 333 m tall, Tokyo Tower has been the biggest local landmark since 1958...

* This puzzle is postcard size, with micro pieces

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Tokyo Station
© Yanoman
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Tokyo Station

You do not need to visit Tokyo to see Tokyo Station - go to Amsterdam instead, where you can see the original after which this was designed early in the 20th century.

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Shinjuku skyscrapers
© Yanoman
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Shinjuku skyscrapers

The modern Tokyo skyline - the central building is Tokyo City Hall, the administrative headquarters for the metropolis built in 1991.

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E20050: this puzzle reissued as E19016 - Himeji Castle (2000pcs)

E14440: this puzzle reissued as E11119 - Tōshōgu, Nikko (1000pcs)

Y0923: this puzzle reissued as Y0930 - Cherry pink (954pcs)

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