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1500 pieces

Year of the rat
© Mori Seikaku

Year of the Rat (Seikaku)

A family of white rats play on the luck mallet, an icon from Japanese mythology which gives out money if shaken and can bring wishes true. The other elements - Mount Fuji, the cranes, pine bamboo and plum - complete this auspicious scene.

No biographical details, but the artist Mori Seikaku specialises in animal and flower scroll paintings. He signs his work the traditional way, with the characters for his given (brush) name, Seikaku (lit. 'nest of the crane') and a seal of the same.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15033 (15-033 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Year of the ox
© Mori Seikaku

Year of the Ox (Seikaku)

An ox family surrounded by the usual symbols of good fortune, from the red Mount Fuji in the background to the plants in the foreground. The mother(?) ox pulls a cart laden with treasure—gold coins, red coral, auspicious red snapper fish and the trunks labelled with the character for '1000', meaning that they contain 1000 ryo.

No biographical details, but the artist Mori Seikaku specialises in animal and flower scroll paintings. He signs his work the traditional way, with the characters for his given (brush) name, Seikaku (lit. 'nest of the crane') and a seal of the same.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15054 (15-054 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Year of the tiger
© Mori Seikaku

Year of the Tiger (Seikaku)

A tiger family, the father fierce-looking, the mother serene, the three cubs frolicking, is surrounded by the usual symbols of good fortune, from the red Mount Fuji in the background to the treasure in the foreground: gold coins, red coral, the mallet of good fortune, and so on. Other omens include the trio of pine, bamboo, and plum blossom, and a pair of faithful cranes.

No biographical details, but the artist Mori Seikaku specialises in animal and flower scroll paintings. He signs his work the traditional way, with the characters for his given (brush) name, Seikaku (lit. 'nest of the crane') and a seal of the same.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15066 (15-066 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Year of the rabbit
© Epoch

Year of the Rabbit (Seikaku)

A complete rabbit family of seven welcomes the year of their sign by bringing a huge hoard of treasure, along with the usual auspicious symbols, from Mount Fuji to the Golden Mallet.

No biographical details, but the artist Mori Seikaku specialises in animal and flower scroll paintings. He signs his work the traditional way, with the characters for his given (brush) name, Seikaku (lit. 'nest of the crane') and a seal of the same.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15067 (15-067 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Year of the Dragon
© Mori Seikaku

Year of the Dragon (Seikaku)

Three dragons, blue, green, and silver are here to bring good luck and (monetary) fortune. Gold coin already lies stacked on the shore, while the treasure boat brings even more. The image is packed with auspicious symbols: red Mount Fuji in the distance, the Shinto emblems of the torii (ceromonial arch) and two rocks joined by a shimenawa (sacred rope), the traditional pine, plum, and bamboo, and more...

No biographical details, but the artist Mori Seikaku specialises in animal and flower scroll paintings. He signs his work the traditional way, with the characters for his given (brush) name, Seikaku (lit. 'nest of the crane') and a seal of the same.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15071 (15-071 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Year of the snake
© Mori Seikaku

Year of the Snake (Seikaku)

A white snake is said to be auspicious, bringing good fortune to one who sees it, and here these three spendid specimens are literally accompanied by a pile of gold. All the usual lucky symbols are in the background, from Mount Fuji in the distance to the carp in the foreground pond.

No biographical details, but the artist Mori Seikaku specialises in animal and flower scroll paintings. He signs his work the traditional way, with the characters for his given (brush) name, Seikaku (lit. 'nest of the crane') and a seal of the same.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Not available
Discontinued November 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15072 (15-072 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Year of the horse
© Mori Seikaku

Year of the Horse (Seikaku)

Find stallions parade before an auspiciously red Mount Fuji. All the usual symbols of good fortune, including a shogi koma with the character for horse (馬) in mirror writing, which is also said to be a good thing.

No biographical details, but the artist Mori Seikaku specialises in animal and flower scroll paintings. He signs his work the traditional way, with the characters for his given (brush) name, Seikaku (lit. 'nest of the crane') and a seal of the same.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15073 (15-073 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Year of the ram
© Mori Seikaku

Year of the Ram (Seikaku)

The ram and family are surrounded by the usual array of auspicious elements, from the red Mount Fuji in the background to the pile of treasure.

No biographical details, but the artist Mori Seikaku specialises in animal and flower scroll paintings. He signs his work the traditional way, with the characters for his given (brush) name, Seikaku (lit. 'nest of the crane') and a seal of the same.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E15074 (15-074 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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1000 pieces

Playful puppies
© Row.V.Ogasawara

Playful puppies (Ogasawara)

Puppies play among spring flowers, as butterflies and a bluebird look on, while Mount Fuji looms in the distance. There are five of them - generally an auspicious number.

Few biographical details are available, but Ogasawara has worked as a background artist for anime production, and specialises in animal portraits. Her acclaimed painting of a pair of white tigers has also featured on a jigsaw puzzle.

Mystery... The three puzzles we have (as of April 2006) all have different copyright declarations: her name written in Japanese, "Row.E.Ogasawara" and "Row. V. Ogasawara" - the pictures in these latter two cases include a signature "Row." which might be a nickname. She writes her given name, Etsuko, with the old form of hiragana 'e', so it might also be rendered as 'Yetsuko', though this hardly explains the 'V'.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10466 (1000-466 on box)
Retail price ¥3600

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White rats, symbol of treasure
© Row.V.Ogasawara

White rats, symbol of treasure (Ogasawara)

White rats dance over their wagonload of treasure - a wondrous cornucopia, chests (of gold?), red coral, a lucky mallet, and more...

Few biographical details are available, but Ogasawara has worked as a background artist for anime production, and specialises in animal portraits. Her acclaimed painting of a pair of white tigers has also featured on a jigsaw puzzle.

Mystery... The three puzzles we have (as of April 2006) all have different copyright declarations: her name written in Japanese, "Row.E.Ogasawara" and "Row. V. Ogasawara" - the pictures in these latter two cases include a signature "Row." which might be a nickname. She writes her given name, Etsuko, with the old form of hiragana 'e', so it might also be rendered as 'Yetsuko', though this hardly explains the 'V'.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10605 (1000-605 on box)
Retail price ¥3600

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Cherry dragon
© Ryusi

Cherry dragon (Ryusi)

A very bright and cheerful green dragon appears to be riding between the "waves" of cherry blossom. Though vivid in colour, the dragon has all the classic characteristics: the clenched ball, and a fierce countenance.

Detail

Born in 1968 in Oita as Ogawa Ryuji, the artist became a pupil of Ozuma Kaname, and in addition to a successful exhibiting career, has produced illustrations for CD and book jackets. His brush name Ryusi, literally "Dragon-determination", is a variant of his real name, written with the same 'dragon' character — and he has become something of a dragon specialist. Note that the pronunciation is more usually represented in Hepburn romanisation as "Ryushi".

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10631 (1000-631 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Auspicious white tigers
© Row. V. Ogasawara

Auspicious white tigers (Ogasawara)

The white tiger and her two cubs rest in a typically colourful Ogasawara setting — this includes the emblematic pine-plum-and-bamboo, and the setting red sun.

A hint on why the sun is red

Few biographical details are available, but Ogasawara has worked as a background artist for anime production, and specialises in animal portraits. Her acclaimed painting of a pair of white tigers has also featured on a jigsaw puzzle.

Mystery... The three puzzles we have (as of April 2006) all have different copyright declarations: her name written in Japanese, "Row.E.Ogasawara" and "Row. V. Ogasawara" - the pictures in these latter two cases include a signature "Row." which might be a nickname. She writes her given name, Etsuko, with the old form of hiragana 'e', so it might also be rendered as 'Yetsuko', though this hardly explains the 'V'.

Permanently unavailable
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10641 (1000-641 on box)
Retail price ¥3600

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Lucky rabbits
© Izumi Kazumi / Art Box International

Lucky rabbits (Kazumi)

A mother rabbit in an idyllic setting with her two babies. The surroundings include the auspicious pine-bamboo-plum combination, but also irises and other flowers.

Izumi Kazumi is an animal artist who graduated from Osaka University fine arts department in 1984. Izumi is her family name.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10658 (1000-658 on box)
Retail price ¥3600

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Between a tiger and a dragon
© Tanabe Zigen

Between a tiger and a dragon (Zigen)

A monkey dangles precariously from a gnarled tree projecting over the abyss - from above a tiger threatens, below awaits a dragon.

And the meaning of this terrible dilemma? Why, another pun: the Japanese for monkey is saru, which is also a verb meaning "to go away" or "disappear." So the title, literally "great difficulties monkey" also means the auspicious "great difficulties disappear"!

The artist was born in Toyama in 1970, and specialises in showy images, in his own reinterpretation of traditional Japanese themes.

Tanabe is his family name; he signs his paintings with his given name Zigen. Note that the usual Romanisation of this would be "Jigen", but it seems that Zigen may be the artist's own preference.

* This puzzle has a metallic foil finish.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 49 x 72 cm (19" x 28")
Code: B91095 (91-095 on box)
Retail price ¥3600

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Good luck monkeys
© Sugiyama Kasen

Good luck monkeys (Kasen)

Five rather playful monkeys in a cherry tree carry the usual "Good luck" significance, and they are surrounded by other auspicious elements: in the lower left corner Shouchikubai, the trio of pine, bamboo, and plum, represent longevity, wealth, and an abundance of progeny; and in the background carp battling gravity to climb the waterfall represent "coming up in the world." Even the plants in the foreground have special significance: the little yellow flowers are called "fukujusô", or "fortune flower" (scientific name Adonis amurensis), and Nandina domestica, the plant with the red berries, is called "nanten", a pun on "overcoming difficulties."

Detail

The artist Sugiyama Kasen signs his paintings with his given name, Kasen, as is the tradition. No information about him is available, except that he was born in Gifu.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11101 (11-101 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Year of the rooster
© Shimada Kôhô

Year of the rooster (Koho)

An auspicious picture for the Year of the Cockerel. All the usual good-luck elements are here: Mount Fuji, shô-chiku-bai (pine, plum, and bamboo), and cherry blossom. The cock stands proud, with his enormous long tail, while the faithful hen broods over their three chicks.

The artist Shimada Kôhô was born in 1952, in Gifu, and specialises in painting birds in the traditional style.

He signs and seals his paintings with his given name, Kôhô only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11129 (11-129 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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The Year of the Dog
© Shimada Kôhô

The Year of the Dog (Koho)

A mother with three playful puppies. As befits their place in the twelve-year cycle, the surroundings are full of auspicious flowers: camellias, ume plum blossom, nanten, and more.

The artist Shimada Kôhô was born in 1952, in Gifu, and specialises in painting birds in the traditional style.

He signs and seals his paintings with his given name, Kôhô only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11161 (11-161 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Year of the boar
© Mori Seikaku

Year of the Boar (Seikaku)

A family of wild boar grouped contentedly, and surrounded by all the usual symbols of good fortune, and of course Mount Fuji towering in the distance.

Detail

No biographical details, but the artist Mori Seikaku specialises in animal and flower scroll paintings. He signs his work the traditional way, with the characters for his given (brush) name, Seikaku (lit. 'nest of the crane') and a seal of the same.

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11184 (11-184 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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Substituted puzzle

Y101082: this puzzle reissued as Y101296 - Dog family with Kishimojin (1000pcs)

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