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On this page: 1000 tiny pieces: Hokusai - 1000 tiny pieces: Disney - 1000 tiny pieces: Beverly scenic - 1000 tiny pieces with magnifying glass - 1053 tiny pieces: Apollo

Separate page for: Yanoman postcard size: 204 tiny pieces

From around 2006, the Japanese puzzle manufacturers have been engaged in a battle for the "smallest". Starting with puzzles of one-and-a-half to two times as many pieces in the standard dimensions, these were merely small (and Japanese puzzles are typically 10% or so larger in area than European or North American puzzles of the same piece count). Then Tenyo produced a "World Smallest 1000-piece" series*, earning a place at Guinness World Records, shortly to be overtaken by Beverly, with 1000-piece puzzles at 300-piece size. These tiny pieces are not for the faint of heart, and you will need patience, delicate fingers, and very good eyesight!

Update April 2013 ...and now from Apollo, 1053 pieces (at the same 300-piece size)!

* A3 size: two sheets of A4, or very roughly two sheets of "Letter" size if you're in the US.

Meanwhile, the latest from Yanoman is a series of postcard-sized 200-piece puzzles - these don't claim to break any records, but the pieces are even tinier, and the set includes a pair of plastic tweezers for those with blunt fingers. (See separate page)

Hokusai ghost pictures - 1000 tiny pieces

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Katsushika Hokusai

The artist Katsushika Hokusai is best known for his series of 36 views of Mount Fuji, in the bold and simple style of the Ukiyo-e (or "floating world") style. He changed his name several times, so this is only the best-known of his brush names; as is the tradition, Hokusai is his given name (a fact that has plainly confused at least one art reference book).

Disney puzzles - 1000 tiny pieces

Disney character world
© Disney

1000: Disney character world

Mickey and friends in the central circle are surrounded by all the Disney characters through the ages...

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 42 x 30 cm (17" x 12")
Code: TDW10260 (DW-1000-260 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$18.35 €15.27 £13.61)
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Mickey's Magic Shop
© Disney

1000: Mickey's Magic Shop

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 42 x 30 cm (17" x 12")
Code: TDW10259 (DW-1000-259 on box)
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Twilight toyshop
© Disney

1000: Twilight toyshop

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 42 x 30 cm (17" x 12")
Code: TDW10406 (DW-1000-406 on box)
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Fantasia dream
© Disney

1000: Fantasia dream

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

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 30 x 42 cm (12" x 17")
Code: TDW10396 (DW-1000-396 on box)
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Beverly scenic - 1000 tiny pieces

Tsumago
Picture © Beverly Enterprises

1000: Tsumago - old post town

Position map

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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Discontinued November 2017
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BS71810 (S71-810 on box)
Retail price ¥1600
Mt. Fuji from Oshino
© Beverly Enterprises
Position map

1000: Fuji from Oshino

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

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BS71803 (S71-803 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

Beverly art puzzles including magnifying glass - 1000 tiny pieces

These are all very intricate designs — mandalas, full of tiny figures, Naoki Tanaka's "Sights" series (more tiny figures!), and mosaic puzzles made from upwards of one thousand tiny images...

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Apollo - 1053 tiny pieces

Agemaki
© Studio Morita / Studio Oz Inc

1053: Agemaki

Agemaki is the courtesan in the classic kabuki play Sukeroku yukari no Edo zakura, a story of her suicide pact with her lover Sukeroku. Here Haruyo portrays her in gorgeous pose on her ornate multi-layered kimono.

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 Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: P49703 (49-703 on box)
Retail price ¥2300 (approx. US$21.10 €17.56 £15.65)
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Dark cherry
© Haruyo

1053: Dark cherry

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.

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Discontinued December 2017
An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: P49712 (49-712 on box)
Retail price ¥2300
Shaka mandala
© Apollo

1053: Shaka mandala

A mandala is a portrayal of the Buddhist conception of the cosmos, and Shaka is the Japanese form of S(h)akyamuni, one of the personages of Buddha. Here we see lots of people doing interesting things; at least one donkey, four elephants, and various dragons.

There is no indication of who painted this picture, though it appears to be a modern version.

Detail

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: P49502 (49-502 on box)
Retail price ¥2400 (approx. US$22.02 €18.32 £16.33)
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Kenrokuen in snow
© Apollo
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1053: 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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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47612 (47-612 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.51 €13.74 £12.24)
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Kenrokuen
© Apollo
Position map

1053: 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.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47606 (47-606 on box)
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Primrose and feather

1053: Primrose and feather

These two beauties hold a flower and a feather in typical Mucha style.

On this puzzle the flower is referred to as a "primrose," a translation of the original French, but it appears to refer to the cluster-headed primrose (Primula veris) which grows across Europe, and is known in England as "cowslip" - not to be confused with the different plant (Marsh marigold) called a "cowslip" in the USA. Even so, the colour (at least in this print) is a deep reddish hue, quite unlike a delicate primrose yellow.

Born in Moravia in 1860, Mucha moved to Paris where he became a leading figure in the art nouveau movement that heralded the turn of the 20th century. His name was originally Alfons, but in French and English it is often written Alphonse.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: P47608 (47-608 on box)
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Mt. Fuji from Oshino
© Apollo
Position map

1053: Fuji from Oshino

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

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Discontinued November 2017
An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P49604 (49-604 on box)
Retail price ¥2100
Seven lucky gods and the zodiac animals
© Ryutei

1053: Seven lucky gods and the zodiac animals

The seven gods of good fortune sit surrounded not only by the usual collection of treasure, but also by a large dragon and all the other Chinese zodiac animals, with a red Fuji in the background for good measure.

Ryutei is almost certainly a brushname, but absolutely no other details of the artist are available...

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Discontinued November 2017
An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47702 (47-702 on box)
Retail price ¥2000
Yellow for everyday happiness!
© Takako Chiba

1053: Yellow for everyday happiness!

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47709 (47-709 on box)
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Deepsea paradise
© Kayo Horaguchi

1053: Deepsea paradise

The usual Horaguchi fun: animals, figures, chandeliers, and a few notes of music, in a riot of colour...

Born in Tokyo, Kayo Horaguchi started her career as a clothing designer, and gained experience in textile design and graphic design in the fashion business, until going freelance in 2006 as an illustrator and artist.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47708 (47-708 on box)
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Yanoman postcard size - 204 tiny pieces

With pieces even smaller than the 1000-piece puzzles on this page, these 204-piece puzzles present a real challenge. The range includes Ukiyo-e prints, Tokyo scenes, Hello Kitty character vignettes, and classics of Western art - see the whole collection

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