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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

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Deleted puzzles by artist Shinya Uchida

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

Buon giorno!
© Shinya Uchida

Buon giorno! (Uchida)

Un'espresso, per favore ...breakfast time, and ah, the smell of coffee! Here we are in Venice, with the famous church Santa Maria della Salute glimpsed through the corner by this café. Parked outside, of course, is Uchida's trademark bicycle.

Detail

This puzzle has a luxury "Cloth touch" finish.

Uchida was born in 1960 in Kyushu, and after a degree in fine arts from Aichi University of Education, became hooked on lone travelling. From there he was drawn into sketching, getting his first magazine publication in 1988. Since then he has kept travelling the world, and produced a whole series of book publications. Having spent three years in Perth, from 1991 to 1994, he regards Australia as his second home, but has also visited many parts of Europe and America.

Note that he writes his name in the "Western" order; Uchida is his family name.

* This puzzle has a luxury "cloth" surface finish.

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: Y101079 (10-1079 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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The Spanish Steps
© Shinya Uchida

The Spanish Steps (Uchida)

This most famous of the sights of Rome is usually swarming with artists and onlookers, but Uchida has filled it with flowers. But the artists have left their easels dotted around - and of course the Uchida trademark bicycle...

Detail
This puzzle uses hexachrome printing for extra-vivid colours.

Uchida was born in 1960 in Kyushu, and after a degree in fine arts from Aichi University of Education, became hooked on lone travelling. From there he was drawn into sketching, getting his first magazine publication in 1988. Since then he has kept travelling the world, and produced a whole series of book publications. Having spent three years in Perth, from 1991 to 1994, he regards Australia as his second home, but has also visited many parts of Europe and America.

Note that he writes his name in the "Western" order; Uchida is his family name.

* This puzzle is printed with more ink colours for extra-vivid effect.

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y101096 (10-1096 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Au Paysan
© Shinya Uchida

"Au Paysan" (Uchida)

Brilliant streaks of diagonal sunlight suggest that the fruiterer's shop of the title is in the south of France - and it seems the owner of the trademark bicycle has already made a purchase at the florist next door.

Detail

This puzzle has a luxury "Cloth touch" finish.

The original title consists of the English word "Stage", really too inscrutable. See my entry in the Japanese dictionary jeKai for "Stage".

Uchida was born in 1960 in Kyushu, and after a degree in fine arts from Aichi University of Education, became hooked on lone travelling. From there he was drawn into sketching, getting his first magazine publication in 1988. Since then he has kept travelling the world, and produced a whole series of book publications. Having spent three years in Perth, from 1991 to 1994, he regards Australia as his second home, but has also visited many parts of Europe and America.

Note that he writes his name in the "Western" order; Uchida is his family name.

* This puzzle has a luxury "cloth" surface finish.

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10901 (10-901 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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The day of the fair
© Shinya Uchida

The day of the fair (Uchida)

Original title: Matsuri no hi - "Golden memories of a garden, where we sat by the morning glories, eating watermelon" reads (my loose translation of) the poem on the box.

Many of Uchida's images of Japan are very nostalgic, and this is no exception. An entrance to a house, framed by trellises, has fresh watermelons and a basket of vegetables laid out on the engawa, the outer passageway, and we gaze past them, into tatami-floored rooms, and beyond.

Detail

This puzzle has a luxury "Cloth touch" finish.

Uchida was born in 1960 in Kyushu, and after a degree in fine arts from Aichi University of Education, became hooked on lone travelling. From there he was drawn into sketching, getting his first magazine publication in 1988. Since then he has kept travelling the world, and produced a whole series of book publications. Having spent three years in Perth, from 1991 to 1994, he regards Australia as his second home, but has also visited many parts of Europe and America.

Note that he writes his name in the "Western" order; Uchida is his family name.

* This puzzle has a luxury "cloth" surface finish.

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10955 (10-955 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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500 pieces

Cappuccino
© Shinya Uchida

Cappuccino (Uchida)

Uchida's travels have taken him almost everywhere - here a sun-kissed corner of an Italian town (no indication of the exact location).

An unceremoniously dumped bag of shopping awaits the return of its owner - perhaps the person with the bicycle? We shall never know, but it provides the perfect counterpoint.

Detail

This puzzle has a luxury "Cloth touch" finish.

Uchida was born in 1960 in Kyushu, and after a degree in fine arts from Aichi University of Education, became hooked on lone travelling. From there he was drawn into sketching, getting his first magazine publication in 1988. Since then he has kept travelling the world, and produced a whole series of book publications. Having spent three years in Perth, from 1991 to 1994, he regards Australia as his second home, but has also visited many parts of Europe and America.

Note that he writes his name in the "Western" order; Uchida is his family name.

* This puzzle has a luxury "cloth" surface finish.

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: Y05749 (05-749 on box)
Retail price ¥2000

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Asahi Shokudô
© Shinya Uchida

Asahi Shokudô (Uchida)

This is the "real" rural Japan. A tiny, family-run business offers simple meals, while simultaneously selling seaside knick-knacks and "ice candy" (ice lollies, or popsicles in the US). Uchida's trademark bicycle and straw hat wait outside.

The sign proclaims that the establishment offers okonomi-yaki (a sort of omnibus pancake) and yaki-soba (fried noodles), ubiquitous stomach-fillers, and underneath its name: Asahi (literally "Morning sun") Shokudô, the humblest rank of eatery.

Detail

This puzzle has a luxury "Cloth touch" finish.

Uchida was born in 1960 in Kyushu, and after a degree in fine arts from Aichi University of Education, became hooked on lone travelling. From there he was drawn into sketching, getting his first magazine publication in 1988. Since then he has kept travelling the world, and produced a whole series of book publications. Having spent three years in Perth, from 1991 to 1994, he regards Australia as his second home, but has also visited many parts of Europe and America.

Note that he writes his name in the "Western" order; Uchida is his family name.

* This puzzle has a luxury "cloth" surface finish.

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: Y05773 (05-773 on box)
Retail price ¥2000

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Positano
© Shinya Uchida

Positano (Uchida)

A table laid with fruit and wine on a terrace overlooking the sea in the spectacular cliff-top setting of this famous Italian beauty-spot...

Detail

Uchida was born in 1960 in Kyushu, and after a degree in fine arts from Aichi University of Education, became hooked on lone travelling. From there he was drawn into sketching, getting his first magazine publication in 1988. Since then he has kept travelling the world, and produced a whole series of book publications. Having spent three years in Perth, from 1991 to 1994, he regards Australia as his second home, but has also visited many parts of Europe and America.

Note that he writes his name in the "Western" order; Uchida is his family name.

* This puzzle is printed with more ink colours for extra-vivid effect.

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: Y05869 (05-869 on box)
Retail price ¥2000

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The house in the sun
© Shinya Uchida

The house in the sun (Uchida)

Though we are not given any further information, the house looks like a log cabin, somewhere in the wide-open spaces of America...

Uchida was born in 1960 in Kyushu, and after a degree in fine arts from Aichi University of Education, became hooked on lone travelling. From there he was drawn into sketching, getting his first magazine publication in 1988. Since then he has kept travelling the world, and produced a whole series of book publications. Having spent three years in Perth, from 1991 to 1994, he regards Australia as his second home, but has also visited many parts of Europe and America.

Note that he writes his name in the "Western" order; Uchida is his family name.

* This puzzle has micro pieces

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 22 x 17 cm (9" x 7")
Code: Y4117 (41-17 on box)
Retail price ¥1000

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