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Deleted puzzles by artist Mizuno Katsuhiko

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

Myôman-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Myôman-ji (Mizuno)

An elegant bridge in the approach to the main gate crosses an azalea-fringed pond. Although founded in the ancient Muromachi period (roughly 1400s), this temple moved to its current site as recently as 1966. Whereas in Europe much fuss is made over castles and similar monuments being the original pile of stones, the famous wooden buildings of Japan have normally been rebuilt at regular intervals.

What does the name mean?
myô
mystery
man
full
ji
temple

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.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10335 (1000-335 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Yoshimine-dera
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Yoshimine-dera (Mizuno)

Originally built in 1029, this temple stands on a steep mountainside to the west of the city of Kyoto. These globular trimmed azaleas are a common feature of Japanese gardens - and this is a splendid example of a Japanese wall, too. (Read my page on walls.)

What does the name mean?
yoshi
good
mine
peak
dera
temple

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: A10336 (1000-336 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Shinsen-en
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Shinsen-en (Mizuno)

This garden was originally constructed at the same time as the fortifications of the old capital (Heian period: around 800 AD), taking its name from a spring on the site. The graceful simplicity of the arch is a timeless reminder of past glory.

What does the name mean?
shin
god
sen
spring
en
garden

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.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10337 (1000-337 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Konpuku-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Konpuku-ji (Mizuno)

This ancient temple fell into disrepair, but was restored in 1684-88. We see here not the main temple, but Bashô-an, a simple building for contemplation or whatever, which is just one of the many places visited by the famous travelling poet Basho (1644-1694). His peregrinations around Japan and poems in praise of the wonders of nature make him a sort of Japanese predecessor to Wordsworth.

What does the name mean?
kon
gold
puku
fortune
ji
temple
  ba
Ba-
shô
sho's
an
retreat

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.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10348 (1000-348 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Ryôan-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Ryôan-ji (Mizuno)

Autumn leaves form a canopy over the paved approach to Ryôanji, the temple founded in 1450 which is the home of the famous raked pebble garden.

What does the name mean?
ryô
dragon
an
repose
ji
temple

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.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10349 (1000-349 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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500 pieces

Kôdai-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Kôdai-ji (Mizuno)

Neatly trimmed azalea bushes provide a colour contrast with the building housing the living quarters for this temple.

What does the name mean?
kô
high
dai
stand
ji
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno 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.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: A05172 (500-172 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Pathway, Hônen-in
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Pathway, Hônen-in (Mizuno)

Though subdued in mood, this is a vibrant photograph. It appears to be early summer, and the rain-soaked flagstones emphasise the lush foliage. The wide range of textures will prevent this from being tedious as a puzzle, and it would make a wonderful picture for the wall.

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.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: A05175 (500-175 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Ryôan-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Iris pond, Ryôan-ji (Mizuno)

This temple, founded in 1450, is best known for the raked pebble garden, but also has very beautiful more conventional gardens. This spring profusion of irises and lotus blossoms is said to have been the model for Monet's impressionist pond paintings.

What does the name mean?
ryô
dragon
an
repose
ji
temple

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.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: A05186 (500-186 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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300 pieces

Kiyomizu Temple with maples
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Kiyomizu Temple with maples (Mizuno)

Seen through the maples: the top of the pagoda at this very famous Kyoto temple. The original temple is said to have been founded more than 1200 years ago, but most of the present structure dates from the 1600s.

What does the name mean?
kiyo
pure
mizu
water
dera
temple

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.

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B73149 (73-149 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Kôdai-ji pebble garden
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Kôdai-ji pebble garden (Mizuno)

Another of the "dry" pebble gardens of Kyoto. The lighting on the cherry blossom and gravel makes a striking image, full of the textural variation that makes a puzzle interesting.

What does the name mean?
kô
high
dai
stand
ji
temple
Detail

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.

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B73152 (73-152 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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