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Deleted puzzles by artist Muramatsu Makoto

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

Hoping for sunshine
© Makoto Muramatsu

Hoping for sunshine (Muramatsu)

This kitten has lots of teru-teru-bôzu, the "sunshine dolls" that children in Japan make the night before outings so that it doesn't rain the next day. Precariously dangling from one, ...

henohenomohe

... in his left paw he holds another with the standard joke face made from hiragana characters: "he-no-he-no-mo-he" (pronounced as in hen, not, and mob).

Anyway, let's hope they worked!

Detail

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11157 (11-157 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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500 pieces

Vacation
© Makoto Muramatsu

Vacation (Muramatsu)

The puppy family enjoys its stay at the seaside...

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: E06010 (06-010S on box)
Retail price ¥2000

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Aquarium
© Makoto Muramatsu

Aquarium (Muramatsu)

What comment could I make? Just look at those eyes...

Detail

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: E06011 (06-011S on box)
Retail price ¥2000

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Oh, brother!
© Makoto Muramatsu

Oh, brother! (Muramatsu)

Mother cat with her seven kittens...

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: E06012 (06-012S on box)
Retail price ¥2000

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The old sweet shoppe
© Makoto Muramatsu

The old sweet shoppe (Muramatsu)

One of Muramatsu's cats enjoys a snooze in the dagashiya, a traditional candy store than also sells simple and inexpensive toys for children. From the days when five yen would buy something!

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: E06028 (06-028S on box)
Retail price ¥2000

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300 pieces

Bookshelf
© Makoto Muramatsu

Bookshelf (Muramatsu)

Ah bliss! Perhaps we are also seeing the artist's own taste in books - the biography of the painter Egon Schiele by Erwin Mitsch, some Britannica volumes, and a Japanese history reference.

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E26030 (26-030S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Panda pipe
© Makoto Muramatsu

Panda pipe (Muramatsu)

Cuddly panda plays a bamboo flute, while a little bird forms an audience of one.

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E26031 (26-031S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Toilet paper
© Makoto Muramatsu

Toilet paper (Muramatsu)

"Are you cross?" is the Japanese subtitle... ah, it's those eyes again!

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E26032 (26-032S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Komainu
© Makoto Muramatsu

Komainu (Muramatsu)

The original title is fairly inscrutable: "Japanese mind" (transliterated English). Surely our feline hero is having his photograph taken beside this komainu, a mythical variety of lion.

See another statue just like this in Sano Gallery

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E26033 (26-033S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Maneki-neko
© Makoto Muramatsu

Maneki-neko (Muramatsu)

A 'real' cat has found its way among the maneki neko ("beckoning cats"), harbingers of good fortune for business symbolised by the downturned paw. Some of them hold coins worth 10 million ryo: no conversion figures available, but it looks like success anyway.

The Japanese title, incidentally, is rakkii kyatto ('lucky cat')!

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E26044 (26-044S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Stand by me
© Makoto Muramatsu

Stand by me (Muramatsu)

Setting off on a big journey... (The specks in the upper right are not imperfections: a clutch of dragonflies is also making its way across the tracks.)

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E26045 (26-045S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Cherry blossom
© Makoto Muramatsu

Cherry blossom (Muramatsu)

Another Muramatsu kitten gazes up into the cherry blossoms. (Looks well-fed as usual - no lean and hungry cats here!)

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E26046 (26-046S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Ice cream
© Makoto Muramatsu

Ice cream (Muramatsu)

Delicious!

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E26047 (26-047S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Morning dew
© Makoto Muramatsu

Morning dew (Muramatsu)

Nervous first steps into the outside world...

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E26048 (26-048S on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Aquarium
© Makoto Muramatsu

Aquarium (Muramatsu)

We can assume the cat is on the outside — how frustrating...!

Detail

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Artbox puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: N03387 (300-387 on box)
Retail price ¥1500

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The old sweet shoppe
© Makoto Muramatsu

The old sweet shoppe (Muramatsu)

One of Muramatsu's cats enjoys a snooze in the dagashiya, a traditional candy store than also sells simple and inexpensive toys for children. From the days when five yen would buy something!

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Artbox puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: N03388 (300-388 on box)
Retail price ¥1500

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Quayside cat
© Makoto Muramatsu

Quayside cat (Muramatsu)

A very contented-looking Muramatsu cat sits by the sea, just next to a dangling float. Thinking of a bit of fishing?

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Artbox puzzle: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: N03389 (300-389 on box)
Retail price ¥1500

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108 pieces

Sleeping
© Makoto Muramatsu

Sleeping (Muramatsu)

Bliss! Enjoying a cool spot on the tatami by the garden with its traditional stone lantern.

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 108 pieces; 18 x 26 cm (7" x 10")
Code: E01030 (01-030 on box)
Retail price ¥1000

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Cocktail bar
© Makoto Muramatsu

Cocktail bar (Muramatsu)

"Here's looking at you, kid!" The famous line from Casablanca (Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, 1942) forms the Japanese subtitle for this cute drinker(?).

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 108 pieces; 18 x 26 cm (7" x 10")
Code: E01031 (01-031 on box)
Retail price ¥1000

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Sunny place
© Makoto Muramatsu

Sunny place (Muramatsu)

A warm spot in the hay!

The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 108 pieces; 18 x 26 cm (7" x 10")
Code: E01033 (01-033 on box)
Retail price ¥1000

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