Imaginatorium Shop

Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

Titles in stock:
1199
Around 2500 by special order

Welcome to the Imaginatorium Shop, now in our sixteenth year!

From our base in Japan (here!), we send jigsaw puzzles anywhere in the world. Most of the hundreds of puzzles we have in stock feature oriental themes, but the high quality of Japanese-made puzzles (exquisite printing, really solid card stock, and clean cutting) also makes "reverse imports" highly desirable — puzzles of Peanuts, Disney, and lots of other Western characters popular in Japan. In general, if a puzzle is available in Japan, we can get it for you within a week or so - see the special orders page.

Puzzle of the month for
November 2017

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Tokyo rainbow brideg
1000 pieces (detail)

Feature of the month for November: Bridges

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Theme of the month for November is bridges, both ancient and modern — an extra 20% discount off all these puzzles.

(All special offers subject to current stock availability)

Calendar puzzles for 2018

2018 calendar puzzles... (Update November 1st) The Totoro calendar has now been discontinued, but we still have stock of the Disney/Pixar calendar. Please order soon, because these may not last long!

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2018 is the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar

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Latest additions

More "stained glass" Peanuts puzzles...

Ancient symbol of wisdom — the owl! (And other cuddly animals)

Latest Haruyo kimono beauties... and (with a slightly more reasonable number of pieces) more torture!

Latest woodblock prints — and many more 300 piece puzzles to come from the Cuties brand

New Moomins puzzles! These are all of the original artwork by Tove Jansson.

Latest fantasy by artist Kagaya, but all with real locations!

New artist Reina Sato: jolly animal portrayals (Note that smaller puzzles are special order items)

Traditional elegance from Hakuga Takeuchi...

And more...

Chit-chat

Brian Chandler

—July—

Recent months have seen big changes in the world of Japanese puzzle manufacturers...

Apollo brand integrated into Epoch

Apollo was a well-established toy company before they started producing puzzles, and they continue with a line of puzzles and other toys for young children. In 2011 they became a subsidiary of Epoch, and over the intervening period most of the smaller puzzles from Epoch have been sold under the Apollo brand. But now the jigsaw puzzle division is being absorbed into the Epoch brand, so the Apollo name will gradually disappear.

No more Road brand puzzles

Road was the most elusive of our manufacturers. The name goes back a long way, and until around the time Imaginatorium Shop opened its virtual doors (in 2002), these puzzles were produced by a company called Sunlike. Shortly afterwards, the brand was transferred to a company called Kezuka, who have carried on producing almost exactly the same range for nearly 15 years. They never had a website, never appeared at the toy show, and last produced a printed catalog (undated) in about 2011. And now it seems they are gone, or at least there will be no more Road brand puzzles.

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Although the range was limited, it included some of the most beautiful scenic puzzles, and an exquisite golden flowers and birds screen (in 1000 and 2000 pieces; we still have a few left). But there is good news too! Three of the Road range of traditional images by contemporary artist Hakuga have just been rereleased by Appleone...

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New manufacturer: Cuties

Perhaps even more obscure than Road is the Cuties brand: a company with a somewhat odd range of puzzles, and even odder range of other products. But the chief attraction is a large number of ukiyo-e prints, including a complete set of 300-piece puzzles of Hiroshige's 53 stations of the Tōkaidō (the old road up the east side of Japan). We'll be adding these progressively from now on...

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About ordering

The details under each puzzle show the price, with approximate equivalents in US dollars, euros, and pounds sterling. Click "Buy this puzzle" to go straight to the checkout with a single puzzle, or "Add to basket" to carry on shopping. At the checkout, you can select the shipping method, then choose how you are going to buy the puzzle(s). If you have any questions or problems, just use the forms provided to ask, and we'll get back to you. Once we receive confirmation of a payment, we aim to despatch puzzles by the next working day.

PayPal (verified member) You do not need to create a PayPal account in order to make a payment; the total is in yen, but you will be charged in your 'home currency', and you will be able to check the final amount before confirming payment.

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You can pay by major credit card, eCheck in the US,
and bank transfer in many countries.

As you can see in the pile of puzzles on the left, most of the writing on the box is in Japanese, so we also include printed details with each shipment. Click these thumbnails for descriptions...

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Finally...

The Shop is only part of my website, the Imaginatorium - I hope you will have time to explore some of the other pages!

 
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