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Deleted puzzles by artist Kuroiwa Toyotaka

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2542 pieces

Smiling Jizou
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Smiling Jizo (Kuroiwa)

The six figures of Jizô here look very happy indeed, surrounded by equally happy-looking sunflowers. Here's my translation of the poem:

Akarui / egao wa / shiawase-gokoro wo / sodatemasu
A bright smile - makes for a happy heart

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued 2016
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75015 (75-015 on box)
Retail price ¥3500

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1500 pieces

Gentle Jizo
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Gentle Jizo (Kuroiwa)

The six Jizo figures stand among the flowers by the mill stream. The words above them are more prose than poetry...

Isoganakutemo / ii desu-yo / kyô-wo / tanoshiku / nonbiri-to
"No need to hurry - make today fun and take it easy"
Detail

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15021 (15-021 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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1014 pieces

Friendly Jizo
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Friendly Jizo (Kuroiwa)

The stone Jizo figures float - as though on clouds - on a lotus pond set in a scene of rustic tranquillity. The poem reads...

En atte deaimashita / Nakayoku ikimasho
Fortune made us meet / Let's be good friends
Detail

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1014 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E56013 (56-013 on box)
Retail price ¥2000

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1000 pieces

Shiawase Jizou
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Shiawase Jizo (Kuroiwa)

Six stone figures of Jizô, the Buddhist Patron of children and travellers, adopt their various poses under an enormous spreading cherry tree, decorated with a haiku which reads (in my rough translation):

As we are
That's all right then
Everything OK
Detail

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11043 (11-043 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Nonbiri Jizou
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Nonbiri Jizo (Kuroiwa)

The usual six figures of Jizô, looking very placid in summer surroundings - the nonbiri of the title means "taking it easy". Here's the haiku that appears over the bamboo grove:

Nonbiri / Nonbiri / Yume-gokochi
Taking it easy - easy - as in a dream

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11066 (11-066 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Smiling Jizou
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Smiling Jizo (Kuroiwa)

The six figures of Jizô here look very happy indeed, surrounded by equally happy-looking sunflowers. Here's my translation of the poem:

Akarui / egao wa / shiawase-gokoro wo / sodatemasu
A bright smile - makes for a happy heart

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11113 (11-113 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Jizo lights the way
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Jizo lights the way (Kuroiwa)

The cherry blossoms appear luminous in the moonlit night (just like the real thing, actually)... and here the six Jizo figures are joined by a couple of attentive rabbits. Perhaps they are listening to the homily written above...

Michi ni mayottemo / jibun wo / shinjireba / kokoro no akari ga / miete kimasu
Even if you lose your way / believe in yourself / and the lantern of your heart will appear
Detail

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11138 (11-138 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Peace of mind Jizou
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Peace of mind Jizo (Kuroiwa)

kokoro
Hito mo hana mo / Jizô-san mo / minna nakayoku / dai-anshin
Humans, flowers, Jizo, all getting on together: perfect peace

The six Jizo figures here look very jovial indeed, in a field of flowers. "Peace of mind" is a rather clumsy translation of the anshin of the last line of the poem - it might also be "peace of the heart", and as if to confirm this, the figures are enveloped in a boldly drawn character kokoro ("heart").

Detail

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11148 (11-148 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Gentle breeze Jizou
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Gentle breeze Jizo (Kuroiwa)

Six Jizo figures stand alongside a little stream, supplying water to the paddyfields, in this peaceful rural scene.

Soyo-soyo-to / yawarakai kaze ni / mi wo makase / daijôbu / daijôbu
Gentle breeze, to which I submit my body / OK... OK...

... reads the poem in the sky, complete with quirkily prosaic ending.

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11149 (11-149 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Unhurried Jizou
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Unhurried Jizo (Kuroiwa)

Six very nonchalant-looking Jizo figures are standing here in front of a famous view - the old bridge across the river at Arashiyama.

Isogi-sugizu / ganbari-sugizu / nonbiri / aruite ikimashou
Not rushing too much, not pushing too much, let's just plod gently on

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11150 (11-150 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Sunrise Jizo
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka
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Sunrise Jizo (Kuroiwa)

Around Japan there are a number of these "husband-and-wife" rocks, joined by a hemp rope, but this view appears to be of the most famous: at Ise, also famed for beautiful sunrises. The six Jizo figures have their usual quizzical expressions, as they bring us the message above...

Kokoro-ga kuraku nattemo / kanarazu asahi-wa /noborimasu / Odayaka-ni / awatezu-ni
Even if you're down at heart, the sun is sure to rise tomorrow - so stay calm, don't rush
Detail

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11178 (11-178 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Cherry Jizo
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Cherry Jizo (Kuroiwa)

The six Jizo figures look to be in a jolly mood, under an old spreading cherry tree. The inscription (folksy, rather than poetic) reads...

Yasumi-ni oide yo / sakura no oka-ni
Just come for a rest, on cherry mound...

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11427 (11-427 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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300 pieces

Serene Jizo
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Serene Jizo (Kuroiwa)

The six Jizo figures stand serenely by an old watermill...

Hogarakana / itsumo no / jibun de / daijôbu
My serene self as always... no worries!

Original title: Hogaraka Jizou

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E26028 (26-028S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Healthy Jizo
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Healthy Jizo (Kuroiwa)

A pair of Jizo figures stand in the clouds, atop a dragon no less, with the auspicious red Mt Fuji in the background.

Sukoyaka-ni / odayaka-ni / antai de- / are
Be healthy, gentle, and tranquil

Original title: Sukoyaka Jizou

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E26029 (26-029S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Resting Jizo
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Resting Jizo (Kuroiwa)

In a bamboo tunnel, a lone Jizo sits by an enormous bamboo shoot...

Kokoro ni / o-yasumi mo / taisetsu desu
The soul needs a rest, too

Original title: Yasuragi Jizou

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E26051 (26-051S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Big smile Jizo
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

Big smile Jizo (Kuroiwa)

The pair of Jizo figures on their stone plinth are matched by a pair of bemused rabbits...

Shiawase wa / egao kara / hajimarimasu
Happiness starts with a smile

Original title: Nikoniko Jizou

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E26076 (26-076S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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