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Deleted Photo puzzles with 500 pieces

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).

500 pieces

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

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

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

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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

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

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

What does the name mean?
hô
law
nen
thus
in
temple

Sorry: the gloss is rather mysterious, but after all, it is a personal name.

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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

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

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

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

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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

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Murôji pagoda
© Beverly Enterprises
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Murôji pagoda

Murôji is a mountain temple on the outskirts of Nara. As is the case with many temple buildings, this pagoda is built in the middle of woods, leaving no ideal viewpoint for photographing it. Here we peer up the stone steps flanked by colourful, if slightly moth-eaten rhododendrons.

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A Beverly puzzle: 500 pieces; 36 x 49 cm (14" x 19")
Code: B050118 (050-118 on box)
Retail price ¥1280

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Azumino
© Beverly Enterprises
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Azumino

An idyllic rural scene high in the Northern Alps. But this particular view is very well known, because the water mill was featured in Yume (Dream), the film by Kurosawa Akira.

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A Beverly puzzle: 500 pieces; 49 x 36 cm (19" x 14")
Code: B050119 (050-119 on box)
Retail price ¥1280

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Fuji - Oshino
© Beverly Enterprises
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Mt. Fuji from Oshino

Mt. Fuji from the east, this time from a beautifully kept Japanese garden in Oshino.

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: 500 pieces; 49 x 36 cm (19" x 14")
Code: B050142 (050-142 on box)
Retail price ¥1280

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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.

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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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Kenrokuen - azaleas
© Fumio Yumoto
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Kenrokuen - azaleas

This very famous garden dates back to the 17th century; beyond the bridge we see the distinctive arch-based stone lantern that is its symbol. The neatly trimmed azaleas are a characteristic of this garden style.

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E05056 (05-056S on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Crystal Island
© Nakamura Tsuneo
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Crystal Island (Nakamura)

This lagoon in the Truk islands is captured by the marine photographer Nakamura Tsuneo. (The simple composition and foreground in particular make for a real "puzzler's puzzle.")

Nakamura is a distinguished Japanese marine photographer.
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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E05058 (05-058S on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Tsutanuma, autumn tints
© Epoch
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Tsutanuma, autumn tints

A gorgeous autumn scene of dawn lighting up the forest. Although only 500 pieces, this will make a nice challenge, since almost all the pieces are various shades of red.

Not available
Discontinued July 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E05089 (05-089 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Fuji - winter
© Epoch
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Mt. Fuji - winter snow scene

A beautiful snow scene - from another part of Oshino, to the east.

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
An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E51598 (51-598 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Bamboo pathway
© Sekai Bunka Photo
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Bamboo pathway

A puzzler's puzzle! A stepped footpath climbs through the bamboo grove in Rakusai, Kyoto. There is a lot of green in this puzzle, in a gradation from the dark shadows among the bamboo trunks to the sunlit sky seen through the topmost fronds.

Permanently unavailable
A Road puzzle: 500 pieces; 52 x 38 cm (20" x 15")
Code: RS5580 (RS-55-80 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Kyoto moss garden
© Road
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Kyoto moss garden

Though officially known as Saihôji, this temple is better known as Kokedera, the "Moss Temple", because of its expansive gardens entirely carpeted in moss (120 species, we're told). The temple was originally founded in the eighth century, and the garden restored in 1339.

Permanently unavailable
A Road puzzle: 500 pieces; 52 x 38 cm (20" x 15")
Code: RS5586 (RS-55-86 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Shirakawa-go in spring
© Yanoman
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Shirakawa-go in spring

Blossom surrounds a tiny paddy field as spring comes to this village in the northern Alps.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Shirakawa-go

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A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: Y05710 (05-710 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Miyajima fireworks
© Yanoman
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Miyajima fireworks

The great torii, or Shinto ceremonial gateway of Itsukushima shrine stands vividly silhouetted against a firework display. 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

Brad Templeton's photos of Miyajima
See also: Itsukushima cherry blossom and Ama-no-hashidate (1000 pieces), one of the other "Three sights"

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A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: Y05781 (05-781 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Shinkansen below Mount Fuji
© Yanoman
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Shinkansen below Mount Fuji

The iconic shot of modern Japan: the "bullet train" passing below Mount Fuji. This is the N700, the version introduced in 2007, cutting the journey time between Tokyo and Osaka to under two-and-a-half hours.

* This puzzle has micro pieces

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 22 x 17 cm (9" x 7")
Code: Y4109 (41-09 on box)
Retail price ¥1000

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Seventy islands, Palau
© Yanoman
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Seventy islands, Palau

The immensely beautiful islets are in the Rock Islands, part of the Pacific nation of Palau.

* This puzzle has micro pieces

Not available
Discontinued July 2017
A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 22 x 17 cm (9" x 7")
Code: Y4113 (41-13 on box)
Retail price ¥1000

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450 pieces

Old-time steam journey (Yamaguchi)
© Ebihara Mikio
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Old-time steam journey (Yamaguchi)

This steam locomotive is number one of the C57 type, which has acquired the nickname of Kifujin, or "Lady", runs a nostalgic service on the Yamaguchi line across western Honshu.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08035 (08-035 on box)
Retail price ¥1400

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Nagaoka fireworks
© Epoch
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Nagaoka fireworks

The famous Nagaoka firework festival fills the sky with rosettes, while the bridge across the Shinano River is brilliantly lit with a "Niagara" display.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08513 (08-513 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Nara fire festival
© Epoch
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Nara fire festival

The firework display accompanies a older tradition - burning off the previous year's dead grass, here covering the slopes of Wakakusa-yama (342 m high), and making a spectacular sea of fire.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08514 (08-514 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Kobe port firework display
© AFLO
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Kobe port firework display

Dazzling display of fireworks over Kobe port. This is a modern development out into the bay, including a pleasure park–the big wheel is prominent, though reduced to a solid blur by the long exposure needed to capture the fireworks.

A natural harbour and important port from ancient times, when Japan opened its doors to the world in 1868, Kobe became one of the principal points of foreign influence, together with Yokohama and Nagasaki, and it retains this cosmopolitan feel to this day.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08525 (08-525 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Sumidagawa firework display (Tokyo)
© Epoch
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Sumidagawa firework display (Tokyo)

Sumidagawa is the great river through Tokyo that is the site of the annual summer fireworks display.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08526 (08-526 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Takayama
© AFLO
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Takayama

A well-preserved street in the old part of Takayama, in the northern Alps. The splendid display of wisteria graces the front of the Hisadaya restaurant, which has perhaps provided the colourful parasols. The next building is the Takashima crafts (kôgei) gift shop, so though preserved, the town is still alive.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Takayama

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08527 (08-527 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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Guilin dawn
© Epoch
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Guilin dawn

China's most famous and spectacular scenery, the gorges on the Li river at Guilin.

Detail

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08553 (08-553 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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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.

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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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420 pieces

Kyoto temples
© Epoch
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Nara temples

A striking dawn view of the twin pagodas of Yakushi-ji, one of the historic temples of Nara, capital of Japan from 710 to 784.

Wikipedia article

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued June 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52135 (52-135 on box)
Retail price ¥1800

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Oirase in summer
© Amana Images
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Oirase in summer

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

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 52 x 18 cm (20" x 7")
Code: E52702 (52-702 on box)
Retail price ¥1500

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Tokyo waterfront nightscape
© Epoch
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Tokyo waterfront nightscape

Rainbow Bridge and the rest of the modern Tokyo waterfront twinkles in the twilight...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Not available
Discontinued September 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 52 x 18 cm (20" x 7")
Code: E52711 (52-711 on box)
Retail price ¥1500

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