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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).

2542 pieces

Ama-no-hashidate
© Epoch
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Ama-no-hashidate

One of the traditional "Three sights of Japan" (along with Matsushima and Miyajima, all coastal sites), Ama-no-hashidate is a natural sand spit formation that almost closes the mouth of the Miyazu bay, covered by a ribbon of old pine trees. The cable car climbs the hills at the north end to give passengers a better view — the location is deep in the bay, so although on the northern coast, the Sea of Japan is out to the left in the picture.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued May 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75028 (75-028 on box)
Retail price ¥3500

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Hirosaki park cherry blossom
© Minoruta Ken'ichi
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Hirosaki park cherry blossom

The moat of Hirosaki castle is a famous spot for cherry blossom. This puzzle includes something like 1000 pieces of cherry blossom, both overhead and reflected, making it an interesting challenge.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75501 (75-501 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Tokyo cherry blossom
© Epoch
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Tokyo cherry blossom

A mass of cherry trees line the banks of Sumidagawa, the great river through Tokyo that was once a transport artery, but is now more a leisure attraction.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued January 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75510 (75-510 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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2016 pieces

Cherry avenue
© Epoch
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Cherry avenue

This avenue runs along the bank of the Gongendô river, in the middle of the Kanto Plain, and is a famous location for cherry-blossom viewing.

This will not be an easy puzzle - more than half of the area of the picture is occupied by the mass of pink blooms.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23504 (23-504 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Hirosaki castle moat
© Epoch
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Hirosaki castle moat

The moat of Hirosaki Castle, in northern Japan, overhung with its famous cherry trees, the first of which are said to have been brought from Kyoto in 1715.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23529 (23-529 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Himeji Castle
© Epoch
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Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23549 (23-549 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Philosopher's walk in spring
© Epoch
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Philosopher's walk in spring

This famous path in Kyoto is named after the philosopher Kitaro Nishida who would meditate while strolling along it. The cherry trees lining the waterway provide a display surely enough to raise the springtime spirits of any philosopher...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23550 (23-550 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Itsukushima in spring
© Epoch
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Itsukushima in spring

The great torii, or Shinto ceremonial gateway of Itsukushima shrine seen from an unusual perspective, looking out from Miyajima to the mainland. Completed in 1875, this torii is somewhat unusually sited in the tidal part of the bay, and is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23563 (23-563 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Magome post town in spring
© Epoch
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Magome post town in spring

Magome is the forty-third station on the old Nakasendo route (counting from Tokyo), and together with the forty-second (Tsumago) has been restored as a historical monument. It is easy to imagine how daunting this slope would have looked to travellers of centuries past, being the start of many uphill days.

The richly-varied textures will make this an enjoyable, and never tedious puzzle.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23564 (23-564 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Matsushima cherry blossom
© Epoch
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Matsushima cherry blossom

One of the traditional "Three sights of Japan", the picturesque Matsushima bay contains innumerable small islands. A pale moon hangs over just a few of them, seen through the massed pink blossom...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23576 (23-576 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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2000 pieces

Cherry blossom time, Hirosaki Castle
© Beverly Enterprises
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Cherry blossom time, Hirosaki Castle

Hirosaki Castle, in northern Japan, framed by its famous cherry trees, the first of which are said to have been brought from Kyoto in 1715. There's also a glimpse of the castle foundation wall, in the usual "diagonal" building style.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 2000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: BS72504 (S72-504 on box)
Retail price ¥2600

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Himeji Castle
© Epoch
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Himeji Castle

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Detail

(This is a reissue of puzzle code E20050.)

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)
More castle puzzles

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An Epoch puzzle: 2000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E19016 (19-016 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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1518 pieces

Himeji cherry blossom
© JTB photo
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Himeji cherry blossom

A panoramic display of cherry blossom front Himeji Castle, famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, whose origins are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1518 pieces; 102 x 34 cm (40" x 13")
Code: E18507 (18-507 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Philosopher's walk in spring
© Epoch
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Philosopher's walk in spring

This famous path in Kyoto is named after the philosopher Kitaro Nishida who would meditate while strolling along it. The cherry trees lining the waterway provide a display surely enough to raise the springtime spirits of any philosopher...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1518 pieces; 102 x 34 cm (40" x 13")
Code: E18508 (18-508 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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1500 pieces

Rape flowers and cherry blossom (Ehime)
© Epoch
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Rape flowers and cherry blossom (Ehime)

With their mellifluous Japanese name, na-no-hana, these yellow flowers have earned a place in popular songs as an emblem of the countryside in spring. They set off the pink cherry blossoms perfectly in this view near Imabari, a city facing the inland sea.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15517 (15-517 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Springtime under steam
© Epoch
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Springtime under steam

A steam locomotive captured among the cherry blossoms, on the Mōka line in Tochigi. Passing through a traditional cotton-growing area, this line has never been electrified, and on weekends and holidays the usual diesel railcars are replaced by this steam train.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15531 (15-531 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Omihachiman navigation channel
© Epoch / Aflo / Minowa Masashi
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Omihachiman navigation channel

Originally opened up as a route for carrying thatching reeds between Lake Biwa (the largest lake in Japan) and the small lake, Nishi-no-ko, this canal is now a favourite tourist destination, particularly in cherry-blossom season.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15543 (15-543 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Thatched cottage (Hiroshima)
© Morita Toshitaka
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Thatched cottage (Hiroshima) (Morita)

An idyllic scene in late spring: this thatched cottage, with its accompanying kura (storehouse) is reflected in a newly flooded paddy field, the scene completed by a cherry in full flower and a splendid set of koinobori (carp streamers for boys' day).

The house is preserved in Bihoku Park, in Shobara (Hiroshima Prefecture).

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Apollo puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: P15111 (15-111 on box)
Retail price ¥2600

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1053 pieces

Hanging cherry (Kakunodate)
© Apollo
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Hanging cherry (Kakunodate)

Weeping cherry trees, many up to 200 years old, line the streets of the samurai area of the town of Kakunodate.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

Not available
Discontinued October 2017
An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47603 (47-603 on box)
Retail price ¥1800

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Itsukushima cherry blossom
© Epoch
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Itsukushima cherry blossom

The great torii, or Shinto ceremonial gateway of Itsukushima shrine seen from an unusual perspective, looking out from Miyajima to the mainland. Completed in 1875, this torii is somewhat unusually sited in the tidal part of the bay, and is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued January 2017
An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47613 (47-613 on box)
Retail price ¥1800

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1000 pieces

Night blossom (Takato Castle)
© Beverly Enterprises
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Night blossom (Takato Castle)

A striking night view of the cherry blossom inside the ruins of Takatô castle, in Nagano Prefecture. The season here, in the mountains, is from mid to late April, and although spring brings warmer weather, the nights are still long, and many sites are lit up for evening "flower-viewing" parties.

There is enough pink that this puzzle will not be the easiest (though not too much of the jet-black sky), but the result is a very striking picture.

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 49 x 72 cm (19" x 28")
Code: B71294 (71-294 on box)
Retail price ¥2600

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Mt. Fuji
© Beverly Enterprises
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Fuji cherry blossom

The ultimate symbols of Japan - Mt Fuji and the cherry blossom, in this view from the north, across Kawaguchi lake.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B71336 (71-336 on box)
Retail price ¥2600

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Fuji in spring
© Beverly
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Fuji in spring

Cherry blossoms line this brook, with Mount Fuji towering in the background, still in its winter coat.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below Mount Fuji, the best views are from the north and east sides.

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B71375 (71-375 on box)
Retail price ¥2600

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Weeping cherry - Niigata
© Epoch
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Weeping cherry - Niigata

Weeping cherry in full bloom, pink petals dotting the surface of the stream that wends its way under the ornamental bridge. The setting is a park in Yuzawa, high in the mountains north of Tokyo - this town is famous as the location of Kawabata's novel The Snow Country. "The train came out of the long tunnel into the snow country..." (Seidensticker's translation)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10631 (10-631S on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Cherry blossom time - Itsukushima
© Epoch
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Cherry blossom time - Itsukushima

The great torii, or Shinto ceremonial gateway of Itsukushima shrine seen from an unusual perspective, looking out from Miyajima to the mainland. Completed in 1875, this torii is somewhat unusually sited in the tidal part of the bay, and is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

Detail

See also: Itsukushima - the classic view (1000 pieces) and Ama-no-hashidate (1000 pieces), one of the other "Three sights"

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10649 (10-649S on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kintai bridge
© Epoch
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Kintai bridge

An image of surreal colours — the pink cherry blossom blending with the pink-purple of dusk as the floodlights being to light the pillars. This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. We are told that the name Kintaikyô - or "Brocade sash bridge" - is derived from a resemblance to a kimono sash. This is pretty unconvincing, until you realise that the river under the bridge is Nishikigawa: this Nishiki is the Japanese reading for "brocade", written with the same Chinese character as the Kin in Kintai.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10721 (10-721 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kiyomizudera at cherry blossom time
© JTB photo
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Kiyomizudera at cherry blossom time

This very famous Kyoto temple is trestled out from the side of the hill overlooking Kyoto. 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
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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10722 (10-722 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kyoto cherry blossom
© Morita Toshitaka
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Kyoto cherry blossom (Morita)

A quiet corner of the Gion area of Kyoto provides a splendid display of cherry blossoms, and plenty of contrasting textures in the details of the historic buildings.

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10729 (10-729 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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SL Kifujin
© Epoch
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SL Kifujin

This C57-180 steam locomotive, built in August 1946, was restored, and in 1999 started a regular tourist run on the Ban'etsu-nishi line from Niigata on the west coast to Aizu-wakamatsu; by 2002 it had carried a quarter of a million passengers. It has been given a new name - Kifujin - or "Lady", preceded by the universal Japanese abbreviation "SL" for Steam Locomotive

View the Timetable (in Japanese)

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E83182 (1000SN-182 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kyoto cherry blossom
© Road
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Kyoto cherry blossom

A beautiful photograph of a beautiful hanging cherry, in the Gion-Shirakawa area of Kyoto. This puzzle will not be particularly easy (there is a lot of pink!) but the teahouses in the background provide a wonderful variety of textures. Hanging in front of the windows are sudare, the traditional reed blinds that in summer help to keep the interior from the searing Kyoto heat.

Detail
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A Road puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: RS13248 (RS-13-248 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Fuji cherry blossom
© Road
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Fuji cherry blossom

The ultimate symbols of Japan - Mt Fuji and the cherry blossom. This view is from the south (Shizuoka side).

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A Road puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: RS13273 (RS-13-273 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Fuji floating
© Morita Toshitaka
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Fuji floating (Morita)

Cherry blossom and a (distant) view of Mt Fuji. This is taken from Izu Peninsula to the south, looking across the bay of Numazu. Just the snowcap floats mysteriously above the spring haze.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y101015 (10-1015 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Cherry avenue
© Yanoman
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Cherry avenue

This avenue runs along the bank of the Gongendô river, in the middle of the Kanto Plain, and is a famous location for cherry-blossom viewing.

This puzzle is not for beginners: the mass of pink blooms occupies about 75% of the area of the picture.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y101016 (10-1016 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Cherry blossom tunnel
© Yanoman
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Cherry blossom tunnel

Steam trains still run on the Oigawa line, a private railway running from the Pacific coast mainline up into the foothills of the Southern Alps. This one is called Sakura ('Cherry'), appropriately enough, since the line is famous for the cherry trees planted on either side to form a "tunnel".

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y101129 (10-1129 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kintaikyo cherry blossom
© Yanoman
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Kintaikyo cherry blossom

This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. We are told that the name Kintaikyô - or "Brocade sash bridge" - is derived from a resemblance to a kimono sash (see the Japan Information Network link below). This is pretty unconvincing, until you realise that the river under the bridge is Nishikigawa: this Nishiki is the Japanese reading for "brocade", written with the same Chinese character as the Kin in Kintai.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

Detail

Matsumoto-san's excellent photographs of the bridge
Japan Information Network - some details of the bridge
Hokusai's painting (Interesting to see his perception of the stone pillars: compare my essay on walls. And for more than you ever needed to know about bridges, read J. E. Gordon.)

Also 1000 pieces: Kintaikyô in autumn

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10937 (10-937 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Weeping cherry
© Takeuchi Toshinobu
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Weeping cherry (Takeuchi)

In the grounds of Kôrinji, a Buddhist temple in Nagano Prefecture, this pendulous cherry stands against a perfect backdrop of mature bamboos. Though obviously of considerable age, the tree does not fail in its annual display.

This is a beautiful photograph - the colours, while subdued, are rich, and the detail is breathtaking. Takeuchi comments that (rather than knowing about lenses and things) the key to taking photographs like this is knowing in advance where the best trees are.

The photographer, Takeuchi Toshinobu, born in 1943, is well-known as a nature photographer, and teacher. (Takeuchi is his family name.)

Technical details: Zenza Bronica GS-1 Zenzanon PG 250 mm, 1/4sec f/22, Fujichrome Velvia; polarising filter and tripod

Detail
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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10975 (10-975 on box)
Retail price ¥2800

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954 pieces

Philosopher's walk in spring
© Yanoman
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Philosopher's walk in spring

This famous path in Kyoto is named after the philosopher Kitaro Nishida who would meditate while strolling along it. The cherry trees lining the waterway provide a display surely enough to raise the springtime spirits of any philosopher...

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 954 pieces; 102 x 34 cm (40" x 13")
Code: Y0928 (09-28 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Cherry pink
© Yanoman
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Cherry pink

Hirosaki Castle, in northern Japan, is famous for its cherry trees, the first of which are said to have been brought from Kyoto in 1715. These trees overhang the moat like pink clouds over a pink sea - making what is surely the puzzle for lovers of cherry blossom.

* Economy packaging (glue not included)

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A Yanoman puzzle: 954 pieces; 102 x 34 cm (40" x 13")
Code: Y0930 (09-30 on box)
Retail price ¥2200

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759 pieces

Ninna-ji temple
© Epoch
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Ninna-ji temple

This temple is famed for its collection of 200 or so cherry trees, here seen in full bloom. Originally founded in 888, most of the buildings in the Ninna-ji precinct date from the seventeenth century.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Not available
Discontinued November 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 759 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E57503 (57-503 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Sanneizaka
© JTP photo
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Sanneizaka

In a quaint corner of Kyoto, these steps are part of the passage called Sanneizaka. There are various theories for the origin of the name, but the most prominent one (based on the characters used to write the name today) is that it refers to a prayer for safe childbirth.

The cherry blossoms and traditional roof tiles provide an exquisite combination of textures for this puzzle.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 759 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: E57504 (57-504 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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500 pieces

Magome post town in spring
© Beverly Enterprises
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Magome post town in spring

Magome is the forty-third station on the old Nakasendo route (counting from Tokyo), and together with the forty-second (Tsumago) has been restored as a historical monument. It is easy to imagine how daunting this slope would have looked to travellers of centuries past, being the start of many uphill days.

The richly-varied textures will make this an enjoyable, and never tedious puzzle.

Permanently unavailable
Not available
A Beverly puzzle: 500 pieces; 49 x 36 cm (19" x 14")
Code: B75257 (75-257 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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450 pieces

Fuji cherry blossom
© Apollo
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Fuji cherry blossom

The ultimate symbols of Japan - Mt Fuji and the cherry blossom, in this view from the north, across Kawaguchi lake.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below the mountain, the best views are from the north and east sides.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Apollo puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P46203 (46-203 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Cherry avenue
© Takashi Sato
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Cherry avenue

This avenue runs along the bank of the Gongendô river, in the middle of the Kanto Plain, and is a famous location for cherry-blossom viewing.

This will not be an easy puzzle - more than half of the area of the picture is occupied by the mass of pink blooms.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Apollo puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P46204 (46-204 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Kintai bridge with cherry blossom
© Apollo-sha
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Kintai bridge with cherry blossom

This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. The name of the river is Nishikigawa, or "Brocade river", and the name of this bridge suggests it is like the sash of a kimono.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued June 2017
An Apollo puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P46217 (46-217 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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300 pieces

Kintaikyo
© Beverly Enterprises
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Kintaikyo - cherry blossom

This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. We are told that the name Kintaikyô - or "Brocade sash bridge" - is derived from a resemblance to a kimono sash. This is pretty unconvincing, until you realise that the river under the bridge is Nishikigawa: this Nishiki is the Japanese reading for "brocade", written with the same Chinese character as the Kin in Kintai.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

Detail

Matsumoto-san's excellent photographs of the bridge (in Japanese)
Hokusai's painting (Interesting to see his perception of the stone pillars: compare my essay on walls. And for more than you ever needed to know about bridges, read J. E. Gordon.)

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B73153 (73-153 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Kuonji - weeping cherry
© Beverly Enterprises
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Kuonji - weeping cherry

Kuonji is a historically important temple, dating back to 1281, in central Japan—just a valley to the west of Mount Fuji. The weeping cherry must be of a considerable age too, standing almost as high at the main building.

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B73154 (73-154 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Matsumoto Castle with cherry blossom
© Beverly Enterprises
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Matsumoto Castle with cherry blossom

Matsumoto, high in the Japan Alps, has one of the best-preserved castles in Japan. Here we see it perfectly framed by cherry blossom.

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Code: B73159 (73-159 on box)
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Cherry avenue
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Cherry avenue

This avenue runs along the bank of the Gongendô river, in the middle of the Kanto Plain, and is a famous location for cherry-blossom viewing.

This will not be an easy puzzle—around 80% of the area of the picture is occupied by the mass of pink blooms.

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Code: B73160 (73-160 on box)
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Kiyomizudera cherry blossom
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Kiyomizudera cherry blossom

This very famous Kyoto temple is trestled out from the side of the hill overlooking Kyoto. 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
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Code: B73178 (73-178 on box)
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E20050: this puzzle reissued as E19016 - Himeji Castle (2000pcs)

Y0923: this puzzle reissued as Y0930 - Cherry pink (954pcs)

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