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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

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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2016 pieces

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.

Permanently unavailable
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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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.

Permanently unavailable
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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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.

Permanently unavailable
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.

Permanently unavailable
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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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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2014 pieces

Unganji
© Yanoman
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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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A Yanoman puzzle: 2014 pieces; 107 x 77 cm (42" x 30")
Code: Y20164 (20-164 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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Sagano teahouse
© Yanoman
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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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A Yanoman puzzle: 2014 pieces; 107 x 77 cm (42" x 30")
Code: Y20179 (20-179 on box)
Retail price ¥4200

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1500 pieces

Ginkgo avenue in Tokyo
© Epoch
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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.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15515 (15-515 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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1000 pieces

Konpuku-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Konpuku-ji (Mizuno)

This ancient temple fell into disrepair, but was restored in 1684-88. We see here not the main temple, but Bashô-an, a simple building for contemplation or whatever, which is just one of the many places visited by the famous travelling poet Basho (1644-1694). His peregrinations around Japan and poems in praise of the wonders of nature make him a sort of Japanese predecessor to Wordsworth.

What does the name mean?
kon
gold
puku
fortune
ji
temple
  ba
Ba-
shô
sho's
an
retreat

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: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10348 (1000-348 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Ryôan-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Ryôan-ji (Mizuno)

Autumn leaves form a canopy over the paved approach to Ryôanji, the temple founded in 1450 which is the home of the famous raked pebble garden.

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: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10349 (1000-349 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Hida-no-sato
© Beverly Enterprises
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Hida-no-sato

Nestling among a riot of autumn tints, these gasshô-zukuri houses form an outdoor museum - Hida-no-sato ("the village of Hida"), on the outskirts of Takayama, preserving a rural scene once common in this region. The name gasshô-zukuri refers to the Buddhist prayer pose, with the fingertips together; basically it means a large-scale roof with timbers forming an inverted V.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Hida
Note the susuki grass fringing the pond in the foreground: Plant-Watcher's page

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B71287 (71-287 on box)
Retail price ¥2600

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Yamadera
© Beverly Enterprises
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Yamadera

These temple buildings clinging amazingly to the side of a rocky mountain inspired the poet Basho ("the Wordsworth of Japan"; 1644-1694) to another famous haiku - "The silence of the rock and the singing of the cicada". This site in Yamagata Prefecture, in the north of Japan, is best known as Yamadera, though the title on the box gives the temple its official name: "Risshaku-ji."

What does the name mean?
yama
mountain
dera
temple
ris-
standing
shaku
stone
ji
temple

Interesting page on Yamadera

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B71290 (71-290 on box)
Retail price ¥2600

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Gansenji in autumn
© Beverly Enterprises
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Gansenji in autumn

This brilliantly painted pagoda is outdone (just!) by the dazzling red and yellow foliage of its surroundings.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: BS71813 (S71-813 on box)
Retail price ¥1600

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Shirakawa - late autumn
© Epoch
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Shirakawa - late autumn

Late autumn, and ripening persimmons: another of the gasshôzukuri houses, named after a supposed resemblance between the roof and hands at prayer. These were built to house extended families of up to forty people.

Randy Johnson's travel notes on Shirakawa-go

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10500 (10-500S on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Jissou-in pebble garden
© Epoch
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Jissou-in pebble garden

One of the temples of Kyoto, Jissô-in was founded in 1299. Though less well known than the famous pebble garden at Ryôan-ji, its "dry" garden is perhaps easier to understand - the central stone is a carving of Buddha, and the surrounding eight rocks represent the eight disciples listening to their leader's teachings. All this set off by the gorgeous red maples.

Detail
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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10643 (10-643S on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Arashiyama
© Epoch
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Arashiyama

"Moon-crossing-bridge" is the literal name of this famous bridge (Togetsukyō) across the Ōi River on the western outskirts of Kyoto. Arashiyama is the name of the area, and of the tree-clad mountain beyond the river.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10715 (10-715 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Manshu-in
© Epoch
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Manshu-in

Founded in the 8th century, this Kyoto temple is particularly well-known for its splendid garden.

This will be an interesting puzzle, with plenty of colour and texture variation...

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10724 (10-724 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Sagano teahouse
© JTB Photo
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Sagano teahouse

This traditional teahouse is in Sagano, an old suburb of Kyoto.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10726 (10-726 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Bishamon-dô
© Kouichi Sudou
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Bishamon-dô

Steps strewn with brilliant fallen maple leaves form the approach to the Hall of Bishamon, part of the Jingo-ji complex in Kyoto. Although almost all of the picture is foliage, this framework will make the puzzle a pleasure to do.

Wikipedia articles on the Jingo-ji temple site; and Vaiśravaṇa, the original Bishamon

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10735 (10-735 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kômyôji, Kyoto
© Fumihiko Murakami/amana images
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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

Detail
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A Road puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: RS13256 (RS-13-256 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Ginkgo avenue
© Yanoman
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Ginkgo avenue

Brilliant gold! The ginkgo is a popular tree for city planting, and is seen to advantage here in Tokyo. Another puzzle for those who like a challenge.

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

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y101011 (10-1011 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Fuji from Kiyosato
© Yanoman
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Fuji from Kiyosato

A distant view of Mt. Fuji, from the mountains to the north. Much of Japan is still unspoilt wilderness, and this puzzle includes a huge swathe of mixed forest, in gorgeous autumn hues. A classic Yanoman scenic puzzle, this should be challenging yet not tedious.

Detail
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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y101083 (10-1083 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Tenryûji garden
© Yanoman
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Tenryûji garden

In the famous garden of this Kyoto temple, which was originally established in 1339, splashes of red and yellow foliage contrast with the vivid green moss that carpets the ground and encrusts the rocks.

What does the name mean?
ten
heaven
ryû
dragon
ji
temple
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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10861 (10-861 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Autumn pond, Karuizawa
© Yanoman
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Autumn pond, Karuizawa

Vivid autumn tints are reflected in this little pond. Getting to Karuizawa means a very steep climb of almost 1000 metres just off the edge of the Kanto Plain, but this has made it a highly popular traditional resort for escaping the heat of Tokyo summer.

English guide to Karuizawa

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10862 (10-862 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kintaikyo bridge (maples)
© Yanoman
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Kintaikyo bridge (maples)

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 Kintaikyo - 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.

Matsumoto-san's excellent photographs 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.)

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10916 (10-916 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Jôjakkô-ji
© Yanoman
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Jôjakkô-ji

This view features both the spectacular autumn colours for which Japan is justly famed, and the Buddhist temples and their gardens for which Kyoto (the imperial capital until 1868) is known. The name of this temple refers to Buddhist "paradise"; it was originally established in 1596.

What does the name mean?
jô
ever-
lasting
jak-
sweet-
ness
kô
light
ji
temple
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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10925 (10-925 on box)
Retail price ¥2500

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Dazzling maples
© Takeuchi Toshinobu
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Dazzling maples (Takeuchi)

Fukushima in northern Japan again (but we're not given a precise location, so the map is a guess). The tints of autumn foliage are truly stunning, thanks to the abundance of mixed forest.

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

Technical details: Pentax 645N2, 80-160mm zoom, f/16 AE; Fujichrome Velvia; polarising filter; tripod

Detail
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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10997 (10-997 on box)
Retail price ¥2800

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500 pieces

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.

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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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300 pieces

Mt. Fuji with maples
© Beverly Enterprises
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Mt. Fuji with maples

Brilliant red maples - and Mt Fuji seen across Kawaguchi lake, to 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.

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B73147 (73-147 on box)
Retail price ¥1200

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