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The current best-selling puzzles from Imaginatorium Shop. Titles begin with the number of pieces. The link under each puzzle ("More puzzles like this one") takes you to the theme page on which the puzzle appears.

What will we catch, Totoro?
© Nibariki / Tokuma Shoten

1000: What will we catch, Totoro? (Ghibli)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) tells the adventures of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, with the giant spirit of the forest, named Totoro by the younger Mei, who can't quite say the Japanese version of "Troll."

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Founded by Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, Studio Ghibli is an animation film studio which has produced a string of internationally acclaimed full-length feature animations. We also include Miyazaki's earlier work, films such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, produced by the forerunner company Topcraft.

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An Artbox puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: N10226 (1000-226 on box)
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Holler at the sky, Totoro!
© Nibariki

1000: Holler at the sky, Totoro! (Ghibli)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) tells the adventures of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, with the giant spirit of the forest, named Totoro by the younger Mei, who can't quite say the Japanese version of "Troll." Here all the characters, including the enormous Catbus, line up to holler at the wind...

Founded by Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, Studio Ghibli is an animation film studio which has produced a string of internationally acclaimed full-length feature animations. We also include Miyazaki's earlier work, films such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, produced by the forerunner company Topcraft.

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An Artbox puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: N10245 (1000-245 on box)
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The spirit bath-house
© Nibariki

1000: The spirit bath-house (Ghibli)

Chihiro, the young girl who is the heroine of Spirited Away (2001), gazes at the bath-house that will be her introduction to the spirit world.

Detail

Founded by Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, Studio Ghibli is an animation film studio which has produced a string of internationally acclaimed full-length feature animations. We also include Miyazaki's earlier work, films such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, produced by the forerunner company Topcraft.

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An Artbox puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: N10223 (1000-223 on box)
Retail price ¥3200 (approx. US$29.36 €24.43 £21.77)
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Napping with Totoro
© Nibariki / Tokuma Shoten

1000: Napping with Totoro (Ghibli)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) tells the adventures of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, with the giant spirit of the forest, named Totoro by the younger Mei, who can't quite say the Japanese version of "Troll."

Detail

Founded by Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, Studio Ghibli is an animation film studio which has produced a string of internationally acclaimed full-length feature animations. We also include Miyazaki's earlier work, films such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, produced by the forerunner company Topcraft.

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An Artbox puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: N10215 (1000-215 on box)
Retail price ¥3200 (approx. US$29.36 €24.43 £21.77)
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The joy of autumn leaves
© Disney

1000: The joy of autumn leaves (Ellenshaw)

Another classic Pooh image: the warm glow of English beechwoods in autumn...

Born in England in 1913, Peter Ellenshaw was a successful landscape painter whose work in the film industry spanned seven decades. He also lived, and painted, in California, and later Ireland — when already in his eighties he was commissioned to paint scenes from films produced by Disney Studios.

The tradition of his work is carried on by his son Harrison.

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 74 x 51 cm (29" x 20")
Code: TD10336 (D-1000-336 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$27.52 €22.90 £20.41)
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Meeting...
© Nibariki / Tokuma Shoten

1000: Meeting... (Ghibli)

My Neighbor Totoro (1988) tells the adventures of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, with the giant spirit of the forest, named Totoro by the younger Mei, who can't quite say the Japanese version of "Troll."

Detail

Founded by Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, Studio Ghibli is an animation film studio which has produced a string of internationally acclaimed full-length feature animations. We also include Miyazaki's earlier work, films such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, produced by the forerunner company Topcraft.

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An Artbox puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: N10233 (1000-233 on box)
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Cherry haze
© Shu Mizoguchi

1000: Cherry haze (Shu)

A young girl hovers tentatively under a cherry tree, as the moon filters through the haze...

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Born in Hiroshima in 1972, the artist developed his talent for original art while working as a graphic artist for a game company. He is now an independent creator of fantasy works.

Mizoguchi is his family name; he signs his work "Shu", the short form of his given name (Shuichi). On the box his name is given as "SHU Mizoguchi", somewhat confusingly, given the recent trend to writing the family name first capitalized.

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

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10651 (1000-651 on box)
Retail price ¥3900 (approx. US$35.78 €29.77 £26.53)
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Howl's moving castle
© Nibariki

1000: Howl's moving castle (Ghibli)

Based on the fantasy novel of the same name by British author Diana Wynne Jones, Howl's Moving Castle (2004) follows the adventures of the young girl Sophie, who, turned into a grandmother, meets the mysterious Howl and his unusual means of transport.

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An Artbox puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: N10243 (1000-243 on box)
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Evangel
© Shu Mizoguchi

1000: Evangel (Shu)

An angelic creature floats in a baroque setting, between a mysteriously lettered ceiling above and lilies below.

Detail

Born in Hiroshima in 1972, the artist developed his talent for original art while working as a graphic artist for a game company. He is now an independent creator of fantasy works.

Mizoguchi is his family name; he signs his work "Shu", the short form of his given name. On the box his name is given as "SHU Mizoguchi", somewhat confusingly, given the recent trend to writing the family name first capitalized.

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

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: A10470 (1000-470 on box)
Retail price ¥3900 (approx. US$35.78 €29.77 £26.53)
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Dark cherry
© Studio Morita / Studio Oz Inc

1000: Dark cherry (Haruyo)

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 box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$27.52 €22.90 £20.41)
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Photo puzzles

Since all of the top ten are art puzzles, here are the three best-selling scenic ones.

Sagano bamboo grove lit up
© Epoch
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2016: Sagano bamboo grove lit up

A night view of the bamboo grove at Sagano in Kyoto. With roughly 1400 pieces of bamboo, and the rest path and brushwood fence, this is a real puzzler's puzzle!

* 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: E23546 (23-546 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$22.94 €19.08 £17.01)
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Red Fuji
© Epoch
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2016: 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 Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23502 (23-502 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$22.94 €19.08 £17.01)
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Hônen-in
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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1000: 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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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10315 (1000-315 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$22.94 €19.08 £17.01)
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Note

This page lists only the best-selling Japanese puzzles—there are separate best-seller lists for Disney and Peanuts.