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3000 pieces

Dark cherry
© Haruyo

Dark cherry (Haruyo) - 3000 pieces

A courtesan shows off her opulent kimono, among equally luxuriant surroundings—falling cherry blossom, and a crescent moon.

Haruyo has added an inscription by her signature: "A smile for you..."

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 73 x 102 cm (29" x 40")
Code: E21104 (21-104 on package)
Normally ¥4800 - special offer 10% off: ¥4320 (approx. US$41.14 €37.89 £33.75)
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Mt. Fuji from Oshino
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Mt. Fuji from Oshino - 3000 pieces

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.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21501 (21-501 on package)
Normally ¥4200 - special offer 8% off: ¥3864 (approx. US$36.80 €33.89 £30.19)
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Majestic Fuji
© Ryuzo Toyotaka
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Majestic Fuji - 3000 pieces

Fuji in winter garb — the aerial 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.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21515 (21-515 on package)
Normally ¥4200 - special offer 8% off: ¥3864 (approx. US$36.80 €33.89 £30.19)
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Dragons of five colours
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Dragons of five colours (Kayomi) - 3000 pieces

This challenging puzzle includes no less than five of Kayomi's fluffy but fierce dragons. Five is the number of ancient Chinese elements, which are associated with the cardinal directions (including "centre"), and also with colours. So the central yellow dragon symbolises imperial authority, and manifests rank by having five claws and holding the magic ball. Around the four corners are the four protectorate dragons: Black to the north, Blue to the east, Red to the south, and White to the west. (These also match with the colours of the four protectorate gods.)

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21105 (21-105 on package)
Normally ¥4800 - special offer 5% off: ¥4560 (approx. US$43.43 €40.00 £35.63)
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White tiger
© Inoichiro Sekiguchi

White tiger (Inoichiro) - 3000 pieces

The white tiger has long been revered as a symbolic agent of the gods - and is one of the "Four deities" of feng shui. This is a graphic portrayal of a powerful, yet somehow unthreatening, animal.

No details of this artist are readily available. He signs his paintings with a seal for the first character ('Ino') of his given name only: this means 'wild boar', which might seem surprising, but it is a fairly common element in names.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 73 x 102 cm (29" x 40")
Code: E21102 (21-102 on package)
Normally ¥4800 - special offer 5% off: ¥4560 (approx. US$43.43 €40.00 £35.63)
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2542 pieces

Chrysanthemum banquet
© Haruyo

Chrysanthemum banquet (Haruyo) - 2542 pieces

A courtesan waits wistfully, surrounded by the chrysanthemums of the title, with a very lushly painted screen as background. With her ornate kimono patterned with cherry blossoms there are no tedious areas in this puzzle...

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76302 (76-302 on package)
Normally ¥4200 - special offer 10% off: ¥3780 (approx. US$36.00 €33.16 £29.53)
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Fuji from Shizuoka
© Epoch
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Mt. Fuji from Shizuoka - 2542 pieces

Fuji seen from the coast near Shizuoka, some 50 km away.

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, many of the best views are from the north and east sides.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76020 (76-020 on package)
Normally ¥3900 - special offer 8% off: ¥3588 (approx. US$34.17 €31.47 £28.03)
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2016 pieces

Butterfly dream
© Epoch

Butterfly dream (Haruyo) - 2016 pieces

A typical Haruyo figure has her ornate kimono decorated with butterflies — then many more can be found, almost camouflaged among the flowers.

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E23324 (23-324 on package)
Normally ¥3600 - special offer 10% off: ¥3240 (approx. US$30.86 €28.42 £25.31)
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Fragrant flowers
© Haruyo

Fragrant flowers (Haruyo) - 2016 pieces

Three classic beauties pose elegantly for us...

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E23325 (23-325 on package)
Normally ¥3600 - special offer 10% off: ¥3240 (approx. US$30.86 €28.42 £25.31)
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Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi
© Epoch
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Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi - 2016 pieces

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

* 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")
Code: E23551 (23-551 on package)
Normally ¥2500 - special offer 8% off: ¥2300 (approx. US$21.90 €20.18 £17.97)
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Red Fuji
© Epoch
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Red Fuji - 2016 pieces

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 Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23502 (23-502 on package)
Normally ¥2500 - special offer 8% off: ¥2300 (approx. US$21.90 €20.18 £17.97)
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1500 pieces

Year of the Monkey
© Mori Seikaku

Year of the Monkey (Seikaku) - 1500 pieces

A monkey family: Mama, Papa, and three offspring who illustrate the old adage of "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil". They are surrounded by piles of treasure, coins, nuggets, and bars of gold, while rest of the picture is filled with the usual auspicious symbols, from Mount Fuji to the turtle in the foreground.

No biographical details, but the artist Mori Seikaku specialises in animal and flower scroll paintings. He signs his work the traditional way, with the characters for his given (brush) name, Seikaku (lit. 'nest of the crane') and a seal of the same.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15078 (15-078 on package)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 5% off: ¥2850 (approx. US$27.14 €25.00 £22.27)
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Year of the Dog
© Mori Seikaku

Year of the Dog (Seikaku) - 1500 pieces

A proud dog family is surrounded by auspicious symbols, from Mount Fuji in the background to the piles and piles of treasure.

No biographical details, but the artist Mori Seikaku specialises in animal and flower scroll paintings. He signs his work the traditional way, with the characters for his given (brush) name, Seikaku (lit. 'nest of the crane') and a seal of the same.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15082 (15-082 on package)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 5% off: ¥2850 (approx. US$27.14 €25.00 £22.27)
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Year of the boar
© Mori Seikaku

Year of the Boar (Seikaku) - 1500 pieces

A family of wild boars looks happy with the pile of treasure it has accumulated. The scene is auspicious, with a bright red Mount Fuji in the background, and the usual surrounding tokens of good fortune.

In the original Chinese zodiac, this position in the cycle is represented by the pig, but traditionally in Japan the wild boar (inoshishi) is chosen.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15083 (15-083 on package)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 5% off: ¥2850 (approx. US$27.14 €25.00 £22.27)
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1000 pieces

Dance of fortune
© Haruyo

Dance of fortune (Haruyo) - 1000 pieces

This courtesan has a bright red kimono, with a design including the "treasure" character (宝). She dances in front of an elaborate traditional cart bearing a splendid array of flowers and foliage. A red Mount Fuji in the background completes the scene with over-flying cranes (actually heading into the matching puzzle "Dance of treasure").

This puzzle forms a pair with the Dance of treasure (E11572): you can combine the two for a full-size 2000-piece puzzle.

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11573 (11-573 on package)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 10% off: ¥2700 (approx. US$25.71 €23.68 £21.09)
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Dance of treasure
© Haruyo

Dance of treasure (Haruyo) - 1000 pieces

A courtesan in a gorgeous purple kimono dances, as the treasure boat sails by in the background, and an auspicious flock of cranes passes overhead.

This puzzle forms a pair with the Dance of fortune (E11573): you can combine the two for a full-size 2000-piece puzzle.

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11572 (11-572 on package)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 10% off: ¥2700 (approx. US$25.71 €23.68 £21.09)
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Kyoto maidens
© Haruyo

Kyoto maidens (Haruyo) - 1000 pieces

Two young ladies, obviously of high class, one with a parasol gesturing elegantly, the other wrapping her arms in the long sleeves of her kimono in a way so familiar in an era long gone.

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11553 (11-553 on package)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 10% off: ¥2700 (approx. US$25.71 €23.68 £21.09)
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Dream moon night
© Haruyo

Dream moon night (Haruyo) - 1000 pieces

A courtesan lazes, reading verses of love, and perhaps dreams of what the future may bring...

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E13028 (13-028 on package)
Normally ¥3900 - special offer 10% off: ¥3510 (approx. US$33.43 €30.79 £27.42)
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Dance of a hundred flowers
© Haruyo

Dance of a hundred flowers (Haruyo) - 1000 pieces

The flamboyant dancer wears a kimono black with ornate decoration, nicely setting off Haruyo's floral background.

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11436 (11-436 on package)
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Dark cherry
© Studio Morita / Studio Oz Inc

Dark cherry (Haruyo) - 1000 pieces

A courtesan shows off her opulent kimono, among equally luxuriant surroundings—falling cherry blossom, and a crescent moon.

Haruyo has added an inscription by her signature: "A smile for you..."

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11322 (11-322 on package)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 10% off: ¥2700 (approx. US$25.71 €23.68 £21.09)
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Stand like a peony
© Haruyo

Stand like a peony (Haruyo) - 1000 pieces

The title is part of an old saying, which describes the perfect female figure: "Stand like a shakuyaku, sit like a botan, and walk like a lily." This does not work very well in English, because the first two are both varieties of peony: shakuyaku is Paeonia lactiflora, or the common garden peony, and botan is Paeonia suffruticosa, or the Chinese tree peony. But Haruyo makes everything clear: not only with the floral kimono, but also by surrounding the figure with a mass of peony blooms.

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11538 (11-538 on package)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 10% off: ¥2700 (approx. US$25.71 €23.68 £21.09)
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Fuji with pagoda
© Epoch
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Fuji with pagoda - 1000 pieces

The most sought after view of Fuji, from the park including this five-storied pagoda to the north-east of the mountain.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10787 (10-787 on package)
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Fuji from the lavender fields
© Beverly
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Fuji from the lavender fields - 1000 pieces

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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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM71839 (M71-839 on package)
Normally ¥1800 - special offer 8% off: ¥1656 (approx. US$15.77 €14.53 £12.94)
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Fuji, cherry blossoms, and Asama pagoda
© Beverly
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Fuji, cherry blossoms, and Asama pagoda - 1000 pieces

The classic view of Fuji, from the park including this five-storied pagoda to the north-east of the mountain, with a flurry of extra cherry petals...

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B51226 (51-226 on package)
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Aerial view
© Beverly Enterprises
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Fuji aerial view - 1000 pieces

Fuji towers majestically above the clouds.

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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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM81830 (M81-830 on package)
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Diamond Fuji
© Epoch
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Diamond Fuji - 1000 pieces

Fuji reflected in perfect symmetry. (From the Epoch "Power Spot" collection)

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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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11354 (11-354 on package)
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Mt. Fuji from Oshino
© Beverly
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Fuji from Oshino - 1000 pieces

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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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM71865 (M71-865 on package)
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Kannon rides the Dragon
© Hojo Yuka / Sankoh

Kannon rides the Dragon - 1000 pieces

A very matronly Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, stands barefoot amidships on a rather nice dragon. In her left hand she holds a flower (perhaps a lotus flower), while the dragon similarly clutches the symbolic Chintamani Stone (or "treasure ball").

This is a standard pose for Kannon, and this version is subdued in tone yet full of details. The image also includes a complete sutra for the elimination of disasters — this is essentially in Sanskrit transliterated into ancient Chinese, so a typical Japanese reader can make no more meaning of it than you can. Although Kannon is often known as "Goddess of Mercy", experts in Buddhism tell us she is really Avalokitêsvara, who was a man...

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: A10676 (1000-676 on package)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 5% off: ¥2850 (approx. US$27.14 €25.00 £22.27)
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Year of the monkey
© Izumi Kazumi

Year of the monkey (Kazumi) - 1000 pieces

The full title of this puzzle is "Difficulties overcome, and problems removed", an elaborate pun, in which the first part matches the name of the plant nandina with the bright red berries, and the second part matches "nine monkeys". And those are what we see in the picture, along with all the usual auspicious signs, from Mount Fuji to the rope-encircled rock.

Izumi Kazumi is an animal artist who graduated from Osaka University fine arts department in 1984. Izumi is her family name.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10772 (1000-772 on package)
Normally ¥3600 - special offer 5% off: ¥3420 (approx. US$32.57 €30.00 £26.72)
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Dog family with Kishimojin
© Ozuma Kaname

Dog family with Kishimojin (Kaname) - 1000 pieces

The dog has long been taken as a symbol of easy childbirth, and here the litter of puppies (six in all) sit with their mother at the foot of Kishimojin. This latter has an interesting story - her name is literally "Devil-child-mother-god", and she started out as an evil character, whose favourite activity was eating other people's babies. But she was persuaded by Shaka-sama (the historical Buddha) to reform, and became a protector of children and augurer of easy childbirth.

More on Kishimojin at Mark Schumacher's Buddhist Corner

The painter Ozuma Kaname was born in 1939, in Niigata. He studied traditional Japanese art, and his pictures are generally based on traditional themes.

Ozuma is his family name: he signs paintings with the single character of his given name only.

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Code: Y101296 (10-1296 on package)
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Gold and silver snakes
© Izumi Kazumi

Gold and silver snakes (Kazumi) - 1000 pieces

Benzaiten, goddess of eloquence, sits with her traditional biwa (a Japanese lute), evidently charming the golden snake in front of her and the silver one wrapped around the pine tree behind here. The pile of treasure beside her testifies to the worldly wealth promised here, and various other auspicious items complete the scene.

Wikipedia article on Benzaiten

Izumi Kazumi is an animal artist who graduated from Osaka University fine arts department in 1984. Izumi is her family name.

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Code: A10691 (1000-691 on package)
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Playful puppies
© Izumi Kazumi

Playful puppies (Kazumi) - 1000 pieces

Puppies play in a charming rural setting. A naturalistic blue Mount Fuji looms in the distance. The scene is completed by a large pot full of treasure.

Izumi Kazumi is an animal artist who graduated from Osaka University fine arts department in 1984. Izumi is her family name.

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Code: A10812 (1000-812 on package)
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Between a tiger and a dragon
© Tanabe Zigen

Between a tiger and a dragon (Zigen) - 1000 pieces

A monkey dangles precariously from a gnarled tree projecting over the abyss - from above a tiger threatens, below awaits a dragon.

And the meaning of this terrible dilemma? Why, another pun: the Japanese for monkey is saru, which is also a verb meaning "to go away" or "disappear." So the title, literally "great difficulties monkey" also means the auspicious "great difficulties disappear"!

The artist was born in Toyama in 1970, and specialises in showy images, in his own reinterpretation of traditional Japanese themes.

Tanabe is his family name; he signs his paintings with his given name Zigen. Note that the usual Romanisation of this would be "Jigen", but it seems that Zigen may be the artist's own preference.

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Code: B61393 (61-393 on package)
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Golden cockerel
© Izumi Kazumi

Golden cockerel (Kazumi) - 1000 pieces

The cockerel is said to be auspicious in regard to money matters, and this splendid creature is called "golden" not for the colour of his plumage, but for the golden eggs guarded by his mate. The surroundings are filled with more of the customary symbols of good fortune: pine, bamboo, plum, cherry, and more.

Izumi Kazumi is an animal artist who graduated from Osaka University fine arts department in 1984. Izumi is her family name.

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Code: A10792 (1000-792 on package)
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Fortune-bearing boar cubs
© Izumi Kazumi

Fortune-bearing boar cubs (Kazumi) - 1000 pieces

The boar (inoshishi) is one of the animals in the Japanese version of the zodiac (in the original Chinese vesion this is a pig). Here a whole family of them have assembled an enormous pile of treasure in a delightful rural setting, symbolising the good fortune to be anticipated.

Izumi Kazumi is an animal artist who graduated from Osaka University fine arts department in 1984. Izumi is her family name.

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Code: A10828 (1000-828 on package)
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Fuji horses
© Row. V. Ogasawara

Fuji horses (Ogasawara) - 1000 pieces

Two fine steeds gallop below Mount Fuji; Ogasawara's style is soft and flowing yet brings out the muscular strength of the pair. By tradition, we are told, a black horse symbolizes a prayer for rain, and a red horse a prayer for the sun.

Few biographical details are available, but Ogasawara has worked as a background artist for anime production, and specialises in animal portraits.

Recent works by this artist all bear the unexplained copyright declaration "Row. V. Ogasawara." Perhaps "Row" is a nickname, but the initial is a mystery, and on earlier puzzles "Row. E. Ogasawara" has also been seen.

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Code: A10474 (1000-474 on package)
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White tiger and red bamboo
© Kano Yuho

White tiger and red bamboo (Yuho) - 1000 pieces

An impressive white tiger among the bamboo, but also an image laden with symbolism; its original title is literally "White tiger warding off disaster." The key on the side of the box lists the items as follows:

  1. White tiger
  2. Red bamboo
  3. Quartz: the large crystals in the lower right corner
  4. Magic spell

The magic spell is written vertically in the upper part of the picture. Sometimes known as "The Disaster Preventing Dharani," where a Dharani is something longer than a mantra and shorter than a sutra, it consists of transliterated Sanskrit, so has no immediate meaning to a Japanese speaker. But you can chant it something like this:

No mo san man da moto nan
Oha ra chi koto sha sono nan
To ji to en gya gya gya ki gya ki un nun
Shifu ra shifu ra hara shifu ra hara shifu ra
Chishu sa chishu sa chishu ri chishu ri
Sowa ja sowa ja
Sen chi gya shiri ei somo ko

No biographical details for this craft-artist, Kanō Yūhō. He signs as is traditional with his given (brush) name Yūhō and a seal.

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Scenes from Frozen
© Disney

Scenes from Frozen (Disney) - 500 pieces

* This puzzle is packaged in a presentation can.

* This puzzle has micro pieces

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Simple beauty
© Haruyo

Simple beauty (Haruyo) - 500 pieces

The modern hairstyle shows this to be a contemporary beauty, and spring is the setting given by the yellow yamabuki blossoms ("kerria" in horticultural circles).

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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Code: E06089 (06-089 on package)
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Double dragon
© Beverly

Double dragon - 500 pieces

Over a sea of tumultuous waves, gold and siver dragons face off, each clutching an auspicious Cintamani stone.

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Code: B65222 (65-222 on package)
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White tiger of the west
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

White tiger of the west (Kayomi) - 450 pieces

The white tiger, protector god of the west, looking suitably fierce, yet in Kayomi's characteristically soft style. The box includes the characters for 'West: white tiger', and the Chinese reading 'Bai-hu' for "White tiger."

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Code: E08038 (08-038 on package)
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Raindrops
© Haruyo

Raindrops (Haruyo) - 300 pieces

The irises tell us the season, so we know that this kimono figure is walking through the gentlest of summer rain...

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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Code: E26281 (26-281 on package)
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Dream purple
© Haruyo

Dream purple (Haruyo) - 300 pieces

We instantly realise from the ankle-length hair that this character is from the Heian period, a thousand years ago, and an era of cultural flowering and incredibly ornate costumes. She reads a long, long letter, probably in the form of a poem, perhaps from a distant lover.

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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Code: P48746 (48-746 on package)
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Year of the horse
© Youseki Miki

Year of the horse (Youseki) - 300 pieces

Nine jolly horses, some with riders, one from the nursery, gallop past Mount Fuji. There have to be nine, because this makes everything uma- (horse) ku (nine) iku (go), that is "go well".

Born in Kyushu in 1966, Youseki Miki studied calligraphy, and after graduating from university embarked on a career as a commercial designer. He has developed a distinctive style of illustrated calligraphy with a contemporary, jovial touch. He writes his adopted brush name Youseki with nonstandard romanisation, to be read as the English word "you" plus "seki". (Miki is his family name, and his real name is Izuru.)

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