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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

The Attic

Deleted puzzles by artist Fujishiro Seiji

This page shows puzzles that are no longer available, just for historical curiosity, and for completeness.

In some cases puzzles are reissued with a different code number: if you have the old code number from somewhere, this page should show you the replacement (which may still be available).

1000 pieces

The dream of the pond lilies
© Fujishiro Seiji

The dream of the pond lilies (Fujishiro)

Typical Fujishiro features: grand pianos, lacy trees, a unicyclist, combine in an enigmatic composition. The "pond lilies" are actually mizu bashô (Latin Lysichiton camtschatcense), which is related to the North American skunk cabbage, but does not appear to have its characteristic bad odour.

Born in 1924, Fujishiro has had a long and productive career as an illustrator - producing many children's books, and creating his own brand of fantasy along the way. From an early involvement with shadow puppetry, he developed his own unique style: he calls these kage-e (literally "shadow pictures"), but his is a backlit world not of black and white (or grey), but of wonderful translucent colours, apparently made mostly from tissue paper.

He is still active at the age of 80, and his work has appeared all over the world, most recently (February 2005) in New York and Washington.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: A10277 (1000-277 on package)
Retail price ¥3600

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Flying dreams
© Fujishiro Seiji

Flying dreams (Fujishiro)

Pure Fujishiro fantasy...

Born in 1924, Fujishiro has had a long and productive career as an illustrator - producing many children's books, and creating his own brand of fantasy along the way. From an early involvement with shadow puppetry, he developed his own unique style: he calls these kage-e (literally "shadow pictures"), but his is a backlit world not of black and white (or grey), but of wonderful translucent colours, apparently made mostly from tissue paper.

He is still active at the age of 80, and his work has appeared all over the world, most recently (February 2005) in New York and Washington.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10402 (1000-402 on package)
Retail price ¥3600

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Dream
© Fujishiro Seiji

Dream (Fujishiro)

Dream? Of a circus, it seems. The usual Fujishiro fantasy elements, including a particularly jolly French horn.

Detail

Born in 1924, Fujishiro has had a long and productive career as an illustrator - producing many children's books, and creating his own brand of fantasy along the way. From an early involvement with shadow puppetry, he developed his own unique style: he calls these kage-e (literally "shadow pictures"), but his is a backlit world not of black and white (or grey), but of wonderful translucent colours, apparently made mostly from tissue paper.

He is still active at the age of 80, and his work has appeared all over the world, most recently (February 2005) in New York and Washington.

* 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: A10443 (1000-443 on package)
Retail price ¥3900

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Cosmos daisies singing
© Fujishiro Seiji

Cosmos daisies singing (Fujishiro)

More Fujishiro fun in a forest of cosmos daisies - a bevy of instrumentalists accompany the singing, while dragonflies loop the loop and a unicycle flies through the sky.

Detail

Born in 1924, Fujishiro has had a long and productive career as an illustrator - producing many children's books, and creating his own brand of fantasy along the way. From an early involvement with shadow puppetry, he developed his own unique style: he calls these kage-e (literally "shadow pictures"), but his is a backlit world not of black and white (or grey), but of wonderful translucent colours, apparently made mostly from tissue paper.

He is still active at the age of 80, and his work has appeared all over the world, most recently (February 2005) in New York and Washington.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10444 (1000-444 on package)
Retail price ¥3600

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The miracle of love in the sunset
© Fujishiro Seiji

The miracle of love in the sunset (Fujishiro)

Along with fanciful titles, mermaids and cats are two favourite Fujishiro themes.

Born in 1924, Fujishiro has had a long and productive career as an illustrator - producing many children's books, and creating his own brand of fantasy along the way. From an early involvement with shadow puppetry, he developed his own unique style: he calls these kage-e (literally "shadow pictures"), but his is a backlit world not of black and white (or grey), but of wonderful translucent colours, apparently made mostly from tissue paper.

He is still active at the age of 80, and his work has appeared all over the world, most recently (February 2005) in New York and Washington.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: A10458 (1000-458 on package)
Retail price ¥3600

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Flower walk
© Fujishiro Seiji

Flower walk (Fujishiro)

The characters walk through a field of the familiar bright yellow rape flowers...

Born in 1924, Fujishiro has had a long and productive career as an illustrator - producing many children's books, and creating his own brand of fantasy along the way. From an early involvement with shadow puppetry, he developed his own unique style: he calls these kage-e (literally "shadow pictures"), but his is a backlit world not of black and white (or grey), but of wonderful translucent colours, apparently made mostly from tissue paper.

He is still active at the age of 80, and his work has appeared all over the world, most recently (February 2005) in New York and Washington.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: A03136 (300-136 on package)
Retail price ¥1800

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Flying dreams
© Fujishiro Seiji

Flying dreams (Fujishiro)

Pure Fujishiro fantasy...

Born in 1924, Fujishiro has had a long and productive career as an illustrator - producing many children's books, and creating his own brand of fantasy along the way. From an early involvement with shadow puppetry, he developed his own unique style: he calls these kage-e (literally "shadow pictures"), but his is a backlit world not of black and white (or grey), but of wonderful translucent colours, apparently made mostly from tissue paper.

He is still active at the age of 80, and his work has appeared all over the world, most recently (February 2005) in New York and Washington.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: A03177 (300-177 on package)
Retail price ¥1800

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Sunset swing
© Fujishiro Seiji

Sunset swing (Fujishiro)

A blend of fantasy with nostalgia for childhood in this wonderfully warm picture. (The dragonflies remind us this is no northern clime.)

Detail

Born in 1924, Fujishiro has had a long and productive career as an illustrator - producing many children's books, and creating his own brand of fantasy along the way. From an early involvement with shadow puppetry, he developed his own unique style: he calls these kage-e (literally "shadow pictures"), but his is a backlit world not of black and white (or grey), but of wonderful translucent colours, apparently made mostly from tissue paper.

He is still active at the age of 80, and his work has appeared all over the world, most recently (February 2005) in New York and Washington.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: A03178 (300-178 on package)
Retail price ¥1800

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The miracle of love in the sunset
© Fujishiro Seiji

The miracle of love in the sunset (Fujishiro)

Along with fanciful titles, mermaids and cats are two favourite Fujishiro themes.

Born in 1924, Fujishiro has had a long and productive career as an illustrator - producing many children's books, and creating his own brand of fantasy along the way. From an early involvement with shadow puppetry, he developed his own unique style: he calls these kage-e (literally "shadow pictures"), but his is a backlit world not of black and white (or grey), but of wonderful translucent colours, apparently made mostly from tissue paper.

He is still active at the age of 80, and his work has appeared all over the world, most recently (February 2005) in New York and Washington.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: A03193 (300-193 on package)
Retail price ¥1800

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The Bremen Town Musicians
© Fujishiro Seiji

The Bremen Town Musicians (Fujishiro)

Fujishiro's version of the fairy tale by the Grimm brothers, of how the donkey, dog, cat and rooster escape death to form the town band.

Born in 1924, Fujishiro has had a long and productive career as an illustrator - producing many children's books, and creating his own brand of fantasy along the way. From an early involvement with shadow puppetry, he developed his own unique style: he calls these kage-e (literally "shadow pictures"), but his is a backlit world not of black and white (or grey), but of wonderful translucent colours, apparently made mostly from tissue paper.

He is still active at the age of 80, and his work has appeared all over the world, most recently (February 2005) in New York and Washington.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: A03194 (300-194 on package)
Retail price ¥1800

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Tea plantation fantasy
© Fujishiro Seiji

Tea plantation fantasy (Fujishiro)

The single figure in the foreground pipes to the butterflies...

Born in 1924, Fujishiro has had a long and productive career as an illustrator - producing many children's books, and creating his own brand of fantasy along the way. From an early involvement with shadow puppetry, he developed his own unique style: he calls these kage-e (literally "shadow pictures"), but his is a backlit world not of black and white (or grey), but of wonderful translucent colours, apparently made mostly from tissue paper.

He is still active at the age of 80, and his work has appeared all over the world, most recently (February 2005) in New York and Washington.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: A03200 (300-200 on package)
Retail price ¥1800

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