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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).

3000 pieces

Furano lavender fields
© Iwamoto Keisuke
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Furano lavender fields

Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, has a gentler topography, and climate ideal for flower growing. This view, centred on the ornamental arch, provides a wealth of colour, from the lavender fields to the brightly sunlit patchwork landscape beyond.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21509 (21-509 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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Tulips in the waterwheel park, Toyama
© Epoch
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Tulips in the waterwheel park, Toyama

A dazzling display of tulips in this park in Tonami (Toyama Prefecture) — and more interest is provided by the five huge waterwheels, the largest 5.5 m in diameter.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21510 (21-510 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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Itsukushima shrine
© Epoch
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Itsukushima shrine

The classic view of the Itsukushima shrine, looking out into the bay at the great torii. This Shinto ceremonial gateway was completed in 1875, and is unusual in being sited in the tidal part of the bay.

This is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan" - and since 1996 has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21511 (21-511 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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Mt. Fuji
© Yanoman
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Mt. Fuji from Lake Motosu

On a still, clear day, Lake Motosu lies like a sheet of glass beneath Fuji's snow cone.

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.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 3000 pieces; 107 x 77 cm (42" x 30")
Code: Y3020 (30-20 on box)
Retail price ¥6500

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2542 pieces

Fuji snowscape
© Epoch
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Fuji snowscape

At an altitude of over 900 metres, the village of Oshino benefits from the fresh water which wells in abundance from the slopes of Mount Fuji. This winter view shows the mountain to best advantage, and will be a severe challenge: apart from the mass of blue sky pieces, almost everything is white. But there is an interesting range of textures to help you.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Not available
Discontinued December 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75027 (75-027 on box)
Retail price ¥3500

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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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Tō-ji temple, Kyoto
© Tanaka Hideaki
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Tō-ji temple, Kyoto

A dramatic dawn shot along the moat of Tō-ji (literally "East Temple"), with its famous pagoda, the tallest wooden tower in Japan. The 2542 pieces of this puzzle will make a tough challenge, with the subdued range of tones in the picture.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75030 (75-030 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.

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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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Fuji reflected
© Epoch
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Fuji reflected

A perfect reflection of Mount Fuji against a dramatic sky. This view is from the north-west, across Shōjiko, the smallest of the "five lakes" that lie around the base of the mountain.

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.

* 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: E75503 (75-503 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Kômyôji, Kyoto
© Epoch
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Kōmyō-ji maples

The main entrance to this temple is a famous spot for autumn colours. ("Fall colors" if you like: Japan is blessed with many of the red maples that remind me more of scenes of New England than of the older England I come from.) The first temple on this site is said to have been founded in 1198, but the current building dates from around 1750.

What does the name mean?
kô
light
myô
bright
ji
temple

* 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: E75509 (75-509 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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Kappa bridge, Japan Alps
© Epoch
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Kappa bridge, Japan Alps

This wooden suspension bridge is a landmark of the Kamikochi resort area in the Japan alps, and its span of some 30 metres carries hikers across Azusagawa river. Beyond can be seen some of Japan's most majestic mountains.

The bridge is named for the mythical water-creature, the kappa, which is said to live in deep clear waters such as these.

Wikipedia article on Kappa

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Not available
Discontinued December 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75511 (75-511 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Shirakawa-go houses
© Epoch
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Shirakawa-go houses

A fine summer day in this historic village in the Japanese alps. These gasshōzukuri houses, named after a supposed resemblance between the roof and hands at prayer, were built to house extended families of up to forty people, and are now part of a World Heritage site.

Looking across a ripening paddy field, a row of foxgloves in the foreground adds an extra accent to this big challenge puzzle...

Wikipedia article

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued November 2016
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76607 (76-607 on box)
Retail price ¥3400

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Tokyo twilight
© Epoch
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Tokyo twilight

The lights of one of the growing number of islands created in Tokyo Bay, with the new landmark Rainbow Bridge connecting to old Tokyo in the distance.

* 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: E76616 (76-616 on box)
Retail price ¥3400

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2016 pieces

Great wall of china
© Epoch
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Great wall of china

The Great Wall in sombre light — but it highlights the jagged mountain skyline, reminding us of the enormous challenge of construction.

The Chinese name (also used in Japanese, of course) is "10,000-li fortification": it actually extends for a total of 12,700 li, or around 6,350 km.

(From the Epoch "World Heritage" series)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23019 (23-019 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Itsukushima Shrine
© Epoch
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Itsukushima Shrine

The classic view of Itsukushima shrine, looking out into the bay at the great torii. This Shinto ceremonial gateway was completed in 1875, and is unusual in being sited in the tidal part of the bay. It is also famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

See also: Cherry blossom time (1000 pieces) and Ama-no-hashidate (1000 pieces), one of the other "Three sights"

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23031 (23-031 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Nara, former capital
© Asukaen
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Nara, former capital

2010 sees the celebration of the 1300th anniversary of the Japanese capital moving to Heijō-kyō, or modern Nara. This is Yakushi-ji, one of the historical temples of Nara — some of the buildings are modern reconstructions, but because of the tradition regular rebuilding and repair undergone by wooden temple buildings of Japan, and with the decline in the importance of Nara after the capital moved to Kyoto, many historical details are lost in the mists of time.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23046 (23-046 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara
© Yamanashi Katsuhiro
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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara

The impressive entrance to one of the historical treasures makes a particularly nice picture for a puzzle: the varying textures and repeating patterns provide fascination, particularly the row of bronze lanterns. As is the tradition in Japan, wooden buildings are rebuilt regularly, preserving their beauty...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23047 (23-047 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Thai stupa
© Epoch
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Thai stupa

This stupa (the inverted 'bell' building) is in Sukhothai, capital of the ancient kingdom of northern Thailand. Appropriately for a sacred Buddhist edifice, lotus blossoms crowd the foreground.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23048 (23-048 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Kinkakuji in winter
© Epoch
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Kinkakuji in winter

The "Gold pavilion," perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, in the depths of winter. The placid waters and still grey trees are beautifully set off by the brilliant gold leaf of the building. This will not be an easy puzzle!

Kinkakuji was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23058 (23-058 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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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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Gyeongbokgung, Seoul
© Epoch
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Gyeongbokgung, Seoul

This pavilion, known as Hyangwonjeong, stands in the grounds of the old imperial palace site of Gyeongbokgung, in the Korean capital of Seoul. The architecture is quite distinctive, yet has many characteristics in common with that of Japan, and of course the lily pond is a universal feature.

Lots of detail in the Wikipedia article

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23512 (23-512 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Ninotaki falls in autumn
© Epoch
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Ninotaki falls in autumn

This is "Waterfall number two" in the Tachimata gorge in Akita, northern Japan. Although not spectacular for its height, and at a mere 20 m the smallest of the chain (the others are Ichi-no-taki and San-no-taki), it provides an attractive setting for the changing seasons, and particularly for the autumn foliage of beeches and maples.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23517 (23-517 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Philosopher's walk, Kyoto
© Epoch
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Philosopher's walk, Kyoto

This famous path in Kyoto is named after the philosopher Kitaro Nishida who would meditate while strolling along it. The waterway is lined by cherry trees, which provide not only a display of blossom in the spring but also a rich pattern of reds and yellows in the autumn.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23518 (23-518 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.

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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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Oirase rapids
© Epoch
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Oirase rapids

The Oirase river flows out of Lake Towada east to the sea, and the steep descent provides a renowmed beauty spot. Here mountain azaleas provide splashes of colour amid the green.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23532 (23-532 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kurashiki
© Epoch
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Kurashiki

These distinctive town houses are a reminder of the burgeoning of a new merchant class in the late Edo era (late 18th and 19th centuries). This area of the city of Kurashiki has been designated an architectural preservation area since 1979. If you've read my photo essay on walls, you might be interested to note the unusual arrangement of the embankment here, with courses of horizontally laid stones.

"Walls" in Sano Gallery

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23536 (23-536 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Ginzan hot spring resort
© Epoch
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Ginzan hot spring resort

This spa is well-known in Japan since featuring in the TV drama Oshin, but probably more famous worldwide as the inspiration for the bath-house location in Miyazaki's anime feature "Spirited away".

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23540 (23-540 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kenrokuen in autumn
© Minowa Masashi
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Kenrokuen in autumn

The first brilliant red maples fringe the lake in this very famous garden, which dates back to the 17th century; in the foreground we see the distinctive arch-based stone lantern that is its symbol.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23541 (23-541 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kômyôji, Kyoto
© Kataoka Iwao
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Kômyôji, Kyoto

The main entrance to this temple is a famous spot for autumn colours. ("Fall colors" if you like: Japan is blessed with many of the red maples that remind me more of scenes of New England than of the older England I come from.) The first temple on this site is said to have been founded in 1198, but the current building dates from around 1750.

What does the name mean?
kô
light
myô
bright
ji
temple

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23542 (23-542 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kaminarimon giant lantern in Asakusa
© Epoch
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Kaminarimon gate in Asakusa

This huge gateway stands in Asakusa, at the heart of old Tokyo. Although usually known as Kaminarimon, or "Lightning gate" as written on the giant lantern (about 4 m tall, sponsored by Matsushita Electric), it is officially called Furaijin-mon, after the gods of wind (fu) and thunder (rai), who sit on either side. Like all other buildings in the area, this was reconstructed after being completely destroyed in the Second World War.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23548 (23-548 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.

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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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Matsumoto castle
© Epoch
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Matsumoto castle

Matsumoto, high in the Japan Alps, has one of the best-preserved castles in Japan — and this wide-angle view gives a good look at the details of its construction.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23552 (23-552 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Sakurajima volcano
© Epoch
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Sakurajima volcano

Sakurajima (lit. "Cherry Island") was indeed an island until 1914, when an enormous lava eruption joined it back to the mainland. Now it sits benign but raw, facing the city of Kagoshima across a narrowing of the bay.

This puzzle is full of interesting texture contrasts: the concrete sprawl of a typical Japanese cityscape, the subtropical greenery, and the craggy mountain.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23554 (23-554 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Autumn in Shirakawa-go
© Epoch
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Autumn in Shirakawa-go

Late autumn, and ripening persimmons against a varied background of reds, yellows, and evergreens. These gasshōzukuri houses, named after a supposed resemblance between the roof and hands at prayer, were built to house extended families of up to forty people.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23557 (23-557 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Sanzen-in autumn
© Epoch
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Sanzen-in autumn

Like many other of the famous temples of Kyoto, Sanzen-in is not an extrovery showpiece, rather a contemplative haven in beautiful natural surroundings.

The surrounding trees break up the view of the temple building, and the result is a puzzle full of textural variation. An excellent choice for 2016 small pieces...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23558 (23-558 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Mimurotoji, Kyoto
© Epoch
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Mimurotoji, Kyoto

This temple, in the city of Uji just south of Kyoto, is one of the thirty-three forming the Kansai Kannon pilgrimage route. It is extremely ancient, as the first temple on this site was erected some 1200 years ago, and is also known as the "Temple of flowers", for its display of azaleas and hydrangeas, in addition to the lotus pond featured here.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23559 (23-559 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.

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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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Private resort
© Epoch

Private resort

No location given for this tropical view, but the island across the sea has clearly been the site of some extremely energetic volanic activity in the past...

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23566 (23-566 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Nagano flower road
© Epoch
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Nagano flower road

Flowers line a hiking trail in the mountains of central Japan — the approach to Ontake-san, the 3067-metre high mountain seen in the distance. Long revered as one of the sacred high peaks, this volcano long regarded as extinct suddenly erupted in 1979.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23567 (23-567 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Ryuzu falls
© Amanaimages
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Ryuzu falls

These falls (near Nikko, in Tochigi) descend 60 metres in a gently inclined torrent extending for 200 metres. The name is derived from the appearance of the huge rock separating the two streams at the lower end of the falls, which is said to resemble the head of a dragon.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23568 (23-568 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Okayama castle gardens
© Epoch
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Okayama castle gardens

These gardens around Okayama castle (which we see in the background) were built in the Edo period, taking just 13 years and completed in 1700. Of classical layout, with a different vista at every turn, the gardens are formally known as Kôrakuen, and are regarded as one of the trio of most famous gardens in Japan.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23569 (23-569 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Ryuzu falls
© Epoch
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Ryuzu falls

These falls (near Nikko, in Tochigi) descend 60 metres in a gently inclined torrent extending for 200 metres. The name is derived from the appearance of the huge rock separating the two streams at the lower end of the falls, which is said to resemble the head of a dragon.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23571 (23-571 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kiyomizudera night maples
© Epoch
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Kiyomizudera night maples

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.

This night view, with its rich dark textures, makes a puzzle that will present quite a challenge.

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

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23572 (23-572 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Osaka Castle
© Epoch
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Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle sits atop an exceedingly impressive castle wall, which will be great fun to do as a puzzle. Restoration of the main tower was finally completed in 1997 — although made of concrete, it is a faithful reproduction of the original.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23573 (23-573 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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Fuji with flowers
© Noriyuki Katayama
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Fuji with flowers

The lake across which we see Mount Fuji is fringed with a wide expanse of the low-growing shibazakura, or moss phlox, a common garden plant in Japan.

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.

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Dawn over Himeji Castle
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Dawn over Himeji Castle

A very dramatic view of Himeji Castle at dawn. By tradition it is supposed to resemble a white heron, but here it looks altogether more foreboding. Himeji castle is famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, whose historical origins are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333.

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Nabegataki falls
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Nabegataki falls

This waterfall high in the mountains of Kyushu has been made more famous by repeated appearance in TV commercials. At 10 m high and 20 m wide it is impressive enough, but its other claim to fame is that you can walk through the large cave behind the curtain of water. This gives it the alternative name of Urami-no-taki, literally "seen behind falls".

Photos including the reverse view

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Kenrokuen
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Kenrokuen

This very famous garden dates back to the 17th century; beyond the foreground of irises we see the distinctive arch-based stone lantern that is its symbol, and a visiting grey heron.

Detail
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Sunset at Bitchu-Kokubunji
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Sunset at Bitchu-Kokubunji

A sunset view of the five-storied pagoda at Bitchu-Kokubunji. Only completed in 1847, to replace the previous seven-storied pagoda lost in a fire, this is the most recent example of this classic design.

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Taj Mahal
© David Ball
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Taj Mahal

Perhaps the most beautiful building in the world, caught at one of the best moments, a clear dawn.

The symmetry of the picture will make this two-sided puzzle an extra challenge, since most pieces will have approximately the same appearance on both sides.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

* This puzzle has the same image printed on both sides.

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Tsumago in early summer
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Tsumago in early summer

Amazingly well-preserved buildings line this street in Tsumago, a staging point where the old Nakasendo road begins to climb over the Japan Alps.

Kanji sign Kanji sign

On the right, a pair of traditional umbrellas help to advertise the famous Matsushiroya inn. Here's how to read the signs in the picture; the juku means "a place to stay", referring to the town's status as a staging point.

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Unganji
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Unganji

Autumnal foliage surrounds the entrance to this temple in the wilds of northern Tochigi. It is famous as the first temple visited by Bashô (the "Wordsworth of Japan") on his travels around northern Japan.

Detail

Another of Bashô's temples: Yamadera

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Code: Y20164 (20-164 on box)
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Sagano teahouse
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Sagano teahouse

This traditional teahouse is in Sagano, an old suburb of Kyoto. We look down through the glorious red maples, and glimpse guests enjoying refreshment.

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Furano flower fields
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Furano flower fields

Furano is an area famous for its flower production, in the gentler topography and ideal climate of Hokkaido, the northern island. This view, centred on the ornamental arch, provides a wealth of colour, from the blossoms in the foreground to the brightly sunlit patchwork landscape beyond.

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Code: Y2218 (22-18 on box)
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2000 pieces

Cherry blossom time, Hirosaki Castle
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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

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Code: BS72504 (S72-504 on box)
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Shirakawa-go - early summer
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Shirakawa-go - early summer

An idyllic scene by a country cottage in the traditional style of the Japan Alps (in the famous preserved village of Shirakawa-go). The yellow flowers in the stream in the foreground are kakitsubata, a delicate but very common variety of iris.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Shirakawa-go

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Himeji Castle
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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)
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Great barrier reef
© JTB photo
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Great barrier reef

This is "Heart Island", in the Great Barrier Reef off north-east Australia. And this is a classic "puzzler's puzzle", selected to be a tough challenge.

* Combination of 1500 + 400 small-piece puzzles

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An Epoch puzzle: 1900 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E17105 (17-105 on box)
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Itsukushima sunset
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Itsukushima sunset

A dramatic view of the great Torii of Itsukushima at sunset. This puzzle is quite a challenge: there is a lot of purple, and a lot of shadow.

* Combination of 1500 + 400 small-piece puzzles

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Shiraito falls
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Shiraito falls

Shiraito-no-taki, or "White-thread falls" is just west of Mt. Fuji. With a drop of 25 m, and a total width of 200 m, this is only the most famous of many waterfalls of this name.

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Floating palace, Nara
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Floating pavillion, Nara

The floating pavillion in Nara Park was reconstructed in the early 1990s, when the original from 1916 had deteriorated. Octagonal in form, it has a shingled roof of hinoki bark. Reflected in Sagi-ike, or the "pond of the heron" it is always beautiful, but particularly in the summer when the connecting bridge and the banks of the pond are decorated with candles.

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Floating palace, Nara
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Floating pavillion, Nara

The floating pavillion in Nara Park was reconstructed in the early 1990s, when the original from 1916 had deteriorated. Octagonal in form, it has a shingled roof of hinoki bark. Reflected in Sagi-ike, or the "pond of the heron" it is always beautiful, but particularly in the summer when the connecting bridge and the banks of the pond are decorated with candles.

* Reduced price for damaged box

* Combination of 1500 + 400 small-piece puzzles

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An Epoch puzzle: 1900 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E17603X (17-603 on box)
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1518 pieces

Shirakawa
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Shirakawa fire drill

Shirakawa-go, with its traditional buildings housing extended families of up to forty people. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and because of the ever-present risk of fire, from time to time the pumps are all tested together, resulting in this rather splendid water display.

Winter in this historical mountain village in the northern Alps, with The floodlighting brings a warmth to the image, and provides an interesting range of colours for the puzzle.

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Code: E18015 (18-015 on box)
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Byōdōin, Kyoto
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Byōdōin, Kyoto

A head-on view of one of the most famous temples in Kyoto: the reflection makes for an interesting puzzle. The building, which appears in the design on a 10-yen coin in this view, is the Amida Hall, more familiarly known as the Phoenix Hall, after the birds perched on top of the central roof.

Mark Schumacher has an interesting page on the phoenix, including closeups of the birds on roof of this temple.

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Mount Fuji panorama
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Mount Fuji panorama

In this panorama, Mt Fuji is seen from high on the hills to 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.

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Tashiroike
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Tashiroike

High in the Japan Alps, the highest chain of mountains running north-south across the main island, the banks of this winding lake are fringed with wild azaleas.

More about wild azaleas in Sano Gallery

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Kurashiki reflections
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Kurashiki reflections

These distinctive town houses are a reminder of the burgeoning of a new merchant class in the late Edo era (late 18th and 19th centuries). This area of the city of Kurashiki has been designated an architectural preservation area since 1979. If you've read my photo essay on walls, you might be interested to note the unusual arrangement of the embankment here, with courses of horizontally laid stones.

"Walls" in Sano Gallery

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Hakodate nightscape
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Hakodate nightscape

Hakodate is an important port on Hokkaido as the gateway to the main island of Honshu. Positioned on an isthmus, the city is squeezed into neat outlines, between the sea and Mount Hakodate from which this photo is taken. It will make for a challenging and different puzzle.

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Himeji cherry blossom
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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.

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Philosopher's walk in spring
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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...

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1500 pieces

Oigawa railway
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Oigawa railway

The Oigawa line is a private railway running from the Pacific coast mainline up into the foothills of the Southern Alps, and passing through some spectacular scenery.

Detail

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Code: E14112 (14-112 on box)
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Fuji reflected
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Fuji reflected

A perfect reflection of Mount Fuji against a dramatic sky. This view is from the north-west, across Shōjiko, the smallest of the "five lakes" that lie around the base of the mountain.

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.

This puzzle is one of the series of Epoch "grading" puzzles, and at two-kyu it is meant to be fairly difficult.

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Dawn over Hokkaido lavender
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Dawn over Hokkaido lavender

A dramatic dawn view of the lavender fields in Furano, Hokkaido. This is one of Epoch's "graded" series (2 kyu), so it is not designed to be easy...

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Ginkgo avenue in Tokyo
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Ginkgo avenue in Tokyo

Sunbeams filter through the bright yellow leaves of the ginkgo, a popular tree for city planting, and often to be seen in Tokyo.

See my "Plant Watcher's" page on the ginkgo.

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Kinkakuji in winter
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Kinkakuji in winter

The "Gold pavilion," perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, in the depths of winter. The placid waters and still grey trees are beautifully set off by the brilliant gold leaf of the building. This will not be an easy puzzle!

Kinkakuji was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple
Detail

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Rape flowers and cherry blossom (Ehime)
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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.

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Kajuji iris pond
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Kajuji water-lily pond

This iris-fringed lotus pond lies in the grounds of Kajuji, one of the temples of Kyoto founded more than 1000 years ago.

Wikipedia article: Kajū-ji

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Springtime under steam
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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.

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Tropical beach in Japan
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Tropical beach in Japan

Japan is not usually thought of as tropical, but the chain of islands extending from Kyushu to Okinawa includes many coral islands, an unexploited paradise destination...

We are not given a precise location, just "Kagoshima Prefecture", but this must be somewhere in the Amami island group.

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Oirase rapids
© Fukushima Umon
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Oirase rapids

The Oirase river flows out of Lake Towada east to the sea, and the steep descent provides a renowned beauty spot. In autumn the trees put on a spectacular display of reds, yellows and browns.

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Plum park in autumn
© Ogawa Hidekazu
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Plum park in autumn

This park, with a history stretching back over 100 years, is famed for the earliest flowering times, and latest autumn foliage in Japan. It is located in Atami, a resort on the Pacific coast.

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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.

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Furano lavender fields
© Yamamoto Keisuke
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Furano lavender fields

Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, has a gentler topography, and climate ideal for flower growing. Lavender fields provide a dash of brilliant colour in the summer countryside — and nearly half of the puzzle area is purple blossom, so do note expect it to be very easy!

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Code: E15546 (15-546 on box)
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Himeji castle
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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." Birdlike or not, here it is nicely offset by the banks of azaleas in the foreground.

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Code: E15547 (15-547 on box)
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Mt. Fuji aerial view
© Studio Sato/Orion/Animaimages
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Mt. Fuji aerial view

Aerial view from the north.

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.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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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.)

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Code: P15111 (15-111 on box)
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Mist on the cliffs (Kitayama)
© Morita Toshitaka
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Mist on the cliffs (Kitayama) (Morita)

Some of Japan's wildest and most beautiful scenery lies in the Rikuchu Coast National Park... Gnarled pines cling in gravity-defying poses on the rugged cliff, and the sun breaks through the morning mist to complete the impression of grandeur.

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.

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Code: P15113 (15-113 on box)
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Sagano bamboo grove (Kyoto)
© Morita Toshitaka
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Sagano bamboo grove (Kyoto) (Morita)

A puzzler's puzzle! A path between neatly trimmed brushwood fences wends through this bamboo grove in Sagano, Kyoto. The puzzle is full of variations in tone, but still the mass of densely crowded bamboo trunks will take a lot of patience.

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.

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Code: P15114 (15-114 on box)
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Silver birch avenue in Hokkaido
© Morita Toshitaka
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Silver birch avenue in Hokkaido (Morita)

The landscape of northern island of Hokkaido is very different from the rest of Japan—the climate is distinctly cooler, and even though the latitude is that of northern Italy, one is reminded of Scandinavia. This elegant avenue of silver birches is near the city of Kitami, close to the Sea of Okhotsk.

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.

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Code: P15117 (15-117 on box)
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Substituted puzzle

E20050: this puzzle reissued as E19016 - Himeji Castle (2000pcs)

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