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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

Scroll puzzles

There is a rich tradition in Japan, as well as other parts of east Asia, of scroll paintings: vertical hanging pictures, which can be rolled up for storage. And now we have a selection of puzzles in this format! The usual format for a puzzle is either landscape or portrait, with the sides in the ratio of 3:2 or thereabouts; there have always been some panorama puzzles with an aspect ratio around 3:1, but very few in the vertical aspect. (And it was a struggle to think of a more appropriate name than "vertical panorama"!)

Sunset waltz (Beauty and the Beast)
© Disney

456: Sunset waltz (Beauty and the Beast) (Gonzalez)

In front of the classic Disney castle...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

* Crystal puzzle - made from translucent plastic, for a stained glass effect.

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A Tenyo puzzle: 456 pieces; 19 x 56 cm (7" x 22")
Code: TDSG04709 (DSG-456-709 on box)
Retail price ¥2200 (approx. US$20.56 €17.32 £15.94)
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Venetian romance
© Disney

456: Venetian romance (Coleman)

Goofy, gondolier, pilots Mickey and Minnie through the atmospheric canals of Venice...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

* Crystal puzzle - made from translucent plastic, for a stained glass effect.

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Resupply date uncertain
A Tenyo puzzle: 456 pieces; 19 x 56 cm (7" x 22")
Code: TDSG04711 (DSG-456-711 on box)
Retail price ¥2200 (approx. US$20.56 €17.32 £15.94)
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Crane and turtle
© Haruyo

420: Crane and turtle (Haruyo)

This "scroll" puzzle combines the separate "crane" and "turtle" figures in this series with a background of plum blossoms.

The crane and turtle are both traditional auspicious symbols of happiness and longevity. It is said that if a crane lives to be 1000, a turtle lives to be 10,000.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52130 (52-130 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.82 €14.17 £13.04)
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Spring

420: Spring (Mucha)

From the set of four "Seasons" paintings, this is Mucha's interpretation of Spring as a female figure in the flowing and elegant style for which he is famous.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52708 (52-708 on box)
Retail price ¥1500 (approx. US$14.02 €11.81 £10.87)
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Oborozuki
© Haruyo

420: Oborozuki (Haruyo)

The title is somewhat difficult to translate: "the (spring) moon, shrouded in haze," a common motif in both art and song. Haruyo has placed the moon right at the top right corner, and given her model a striking diagonal pose. (Incidentally leaving quite a large plain area for a puzzle!) Although the colours here are restrained, the courtesan holds her outer robe to give us a good view of the picture on it - a crane, over woods and waves.

This is a new, "scroll" version of a puzzle from many years back, so the "blank area" has moved to the top.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52131 (52-131 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.82 €14.17 £13.04)
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Dragon gorge
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

420: Dragon gorge (Kayomi)

Where do dragons come from? There is a gorge called Longmen ("Dragon-gate") on the Yellow River that flows so fast it is said that any carp that managed to swim up it will turn itself into a dragon, the King of the scaly beasts.

This picture is ideally suited to the traditional vertical format. Two carp leap upward, while a confident dragon shows his mettle at the top. This seemingly impossible climb is used as a metaphor for achievement in the world—and there is further good fortune indicated by the combination of pine and carp. (More wordplay: this can be read shôri, which with different characters means "victory".)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Discontinued October 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52138 (52-138 on box)
Retail price ¥1800
Artists' alley
© Teppei Sasakura/Art Terrace

420: Artists' alley (Teppei)

This quaint little alley is in the mediaeval town of St. Paul de Vence, in the south of France, which has become a hideaway for artists and art enthusiasts.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52512 (52-512 on box)
Retail price ¥2200 (approx. US$20.56 €17.32 £15.94)
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Getreidegasse
© Teppei Sasakura/Art Terrace

420: Getreidegasse (Teppei)

A view along the busy shopping street in the old part of Salzburg, Austria. Mozart was born at number 9, Getreidegasse.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52511 (52-511 on box)
Retail price ¥2200 (approx. US$20.56 €17.32 £15.94)
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Tokyo tower lit up
© Epoch
Position map

420: Tokyo tower lit up

Tokyo Tower at night. At 333 m tall the tower, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2008, dominates the skyline.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52105 (52-105 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.82 €14.17 £13.04)
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