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The seven gods

The Seven Lucky Gods (Shichi-fuku-jin) are an assemblage of deities from all across Asia, who are invariably seen as bringers of wordly wealth, most typically in their "treasure boat".

Mark Schumacher again has a detailed page on the Seven gods.

Seven lucky gods and the zodiac animals
© Ryutei

1053: Seven lucky gods and the zodiac animals (Ryutei)

The seven gods of good fortune sit surrounded not only by the usual collection of treasure, but also by a large dragon and all the other Chinese zodiac animals, with a red Fuji in the background for good measure.

Ryutei is almost certainly a brushname, but absolutely no other details of the artist are available...

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47702 (47-702 on box)
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Dream of fortune
© Takeuchi Hakuga

1000: Dream of fortune (Hakuga)

The treasure ship comes home, with its usual occupants, surrounded by all the right symbols: cranes, Mt. Fuji, hawk, pine, eggplant, and turtle. Most of the treasure is bundled up, but we see the red coral at the side of the boat. Daikokuten and Ebisu are enjoying a game of go, though curiously they have the stones placed in the squares (usually they go on the intersections).

The artist was born in 1948, in Niigata. After working for a textile company, he went independent as a textile designer. He has his own individual drawing style, bringing a fresh approach to many traditional art themes.

He goes by his given name, Hakuga, in the traditional way, signing his paintings in a stylised, but non-cursive form.

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Discontinued July 2017
A Road puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: RS11240 (RS-11-240 on box)
Retail price ¥3000
Seven gods and seven wishes
© Ukai Yuhei

1000: Seven gods and seven wishes (Yuhei)

The seven gods gather in a group with all the usual lucky emblems around them — red Mt Fuji, cranes, turtles, and so on. The rather jolly two in front are Daikokuten and Ebisu, who are somehow producing money by pounding the glutinous mochi rice which is traditionally always prepared this way.

No biographical information is to be found on the artist Ukai Yuhei, another of the craft producers of traditional images particularly for kakemono scrolls. He signs his work the traditional way, with his given name Yuhei, and a seal of the same.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: A10679 (1000-679 on box)
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Treasure ship
© Koga

1000: Treasure ship (Koga)

The group of Seven Gods, smiling as always, bring home their treasure, red coral, gold coins, bales of rice, jewels, and more. Mount Fuji glows red in the background, and a pair of cranes complete the scene.

Born in Fukuoka in 1957, the artist Masawo Koga started out as a freelance illustrator in 1988. He produces book jackets, posters, game packaging and other work, specialising in realistic portrayals of nature, yet his images have a touch of fantasy to them.

He signs his work with his family name Koga in stylised capital letters.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61323 (61-323 on box)
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Seven lucky gods
© Ishikawa Mari

1000: Seven lucky gods (Mari)

The main caption (満願七福神 man-gan-shichi-fuku-jin) means literally "All wishes (come true) seven lucky gods", and they are all listed with their specialities: long life, riches, health, and so on. As always, they arrive in the treasure boat...

Born in 1968, Ishikawa Mari is a successful commercial illustrator. Fond of traditional Japanese styles, she produces work with a combination of calligraphy and art in a very jolly manner. Ishikawa is her family name.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10639 (1000-639 on box)
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The treasure ship arrives
© Zigen Tanabe

1000: The treasure ship arrives (Zigen)

The seven lucky gods are in a jolly mood as usual, most of them hard at work pulling the treasure ship ashore, while Benzaiten plays the lute for artistic inspiration. All the usual symbols are present: plum, pine, and bamboo, gold, red coral, the turtle, and in the background more good fortune as two cranes are set against the Red Fuji in the distance.

The artist was born in Toyama in 1970, and specialises in showy images, in his own reinterpretation of traditional Japanese themes. In 2000 he started to exhibit in the USA and now lives in New York State.

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 is the artist's own preference.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61376 (61-376 on box)
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Treasure boat
© Youseki Miki

1000: Treasure boat (Youseki)

The usual seven gods aboard their treasure boat, but with many distinctive Youseki touches: three prominent Jizō statues, for a start. The banner is inscribed 開運招福 (kaiun-shōfuku), which translates roughly as "May fortune smile upon you!"

Born in Kyushu in 1966, Youseki Miki studied calligraphy, and after graduating from university embarked on a career as a commercial designer. He has developed a distinctive style of illustrated calligraphy with a contemporary, jovial touch. He writes his adopted brush name Youseki with nonstandard romanisation, to be read as the English word "you" plus "seki". (Miki is his family name, and his real name is Izuru.)

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Discontinued June 2017
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 49 x 72 cm (19" x 28")
Code: B61377 (61-377 on box)
Retail price ¥3000
Treasure boat
© Mori Seikaku

1000: Treasure boat (Seikaku)

The seven lucky gods arrive on their boat, heavily laden with treasure — the giant character on the sail is the old form of takara, or "treasure". Cranes and other auspicious creatures surround them, and the rising sun and a red Mount Fuji complete the background.

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.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11562 (11-562 on box)
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Lucky treasure boat
© Hajime Okamoto

1000: Lucky treasure boat (Okamoto)

A very traditional theme: the seven gods arrive in their lucky boat — the big character on the sail means "Treasure". As well as the red Mount Fuji in the background, there are many auspicious symbols waiting for them: the hawk and eggplant, the turtle, the pine, the plum blossom. Okamoto does all this in his inimitable jolly style, and has written a caption:

Lucky, Happy, All smiles, Treasure boat

(This is not standard Japanese, but Kansai dialect.)

Born in Osaka in 1942, Hajime Okamoto is an artist with a distinctive and very jolly style, who specialises in cats — particularly the beckoning bringers of good fortune. As part of a cultural exchange programme, in 1986 he spent time in Jilin, north-east China, studying seal-making and calligraphy.

He signs his paintings with a seal, and a stylised form of his name in Roman letters (with his family name last).

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61408 (61-408 on box)
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Seven gods and the treasure tree
© Hakuga Takeuchi

1000: Seven gods and the treasure tree (Hakuga)

That lovable bunch, the seven gods, admire this shapely tree. Even its leaves and cones seem to be made of money, but written down the branches are all sorts of invocations, to fortune, friendship, marital harmony, and so on, all ending (in a pun) with the big character for "tree" (木) at the bottom. Auspicious cranes and red Mount Fuji complete the scene and ensure no boringly uniform areas.

The artist was born in 1948, in Niigata. After working for a textile company, he went independent as a textile designer. He has his own individual drawing style, bringing a fresh approach to many traditional art themes.

He goes by his given name, Hakuga, in the traditional way, signing his paintings in a stylised, but non-cursive form.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10805 (1000-805 on box)
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Seven gods arrive with treasure
© Mori Seikaku

450: Seven gods arrive with treasure (Seikaku)

The seven gods bringing home their treasure ship, conveying wealth and good fortune to us all. They have a jolly demeanour, and their ornately decorated vessel carries the usual chests of gold coin, and also the prized red coral. There are no blank areas in the surroundings, which present more auspicious symbols: cranes, Mt. Fuji, a red snapper, and the Shinto emblems of the torii (ceremonial arch) and two rocks joined by a shimenawa (sacred rope).

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.

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An Apollo puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P46507 (46-507 on box)
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The jolly seven gods of fortune
© Hiroyuki Suwahara

300: The jolly seven gods of fortune (Suwahara)

The Seven Lucky Gods (Shichi-fuku-jin) have left their treasure boat, and assembled for a group photo, with Mount Fuji conveniently in the background. Suwahara makes them all look exceedingly jolly - here's the lineup:

Top row, left to right: Bishamonten, Indian god of war and treasure - Benzaiten, Indian goddess of the arts - Jurojin, Chinese god of longevity

Front row, left to right: Fukurokuju, Chinese god of wisdom - Daikokuten, Indian (Mahakala) god of five cereals - Ebisu, Japanese god of commerce - Hotei, Chinese god of happiness

Born in Ibaraki, in 1969, Suwahara embarked on a career as a freeleance illustrator in 1996. He has specialised in historical figures, especially from the Three Kingdoms story, and brings a very modern technique to some traditional themes.

Suwahara is his family name.

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B63215 (63-215 on box)
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The four gods

In Chinese mythology these four gods occupy the four corners of the cosmos: the white tiger in the west, the blue dragon in the east, the red phoenix (Suzaku) in the south, and the mysterious Genbu in the north. Mysterious, because Genbu apparently turns up as a snake and a turtle entwined together, which is why the four gods have five heads. These deities are associated with feng shui, and have also appeared in Japanese animations, so they are easy to find on the Web.

Mark Schumacher has lots more details on his page on Ssu Ling (the Chinese name).

The four protector-gods
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

3000: The four protector-gods (Kayomi)

The four gods, the white tiger and blue dragon to west and east, Genbu the entwined snake/turtle to the north, and a splendidly flamboyant Suzaku (the red bird) occupying the foreground. All this in Kayomi's distinctive warm tones making a rich and impressive picture.

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

* 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: E21101 (21-101 on box)
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The four protector-gods
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

1053: The four protector-gods (Kayomi)

The four gods, the white tiger and blue dragon to west and east, Genbu the entwined snake/turtle to the north, and a splendidly flamboyant Suzaku (the red bird) occupying the foreground. All this in Kayomi's distinctive warm tones making a rich and impressive picture.

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P49701 (49-701 on box)
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The four protector-gods
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

1000: The four protector-gods (Kayomi)

The four gods, the white tiger and blue dragon to west and east, Genbu the entwined snake/turtle to the north, and a splendidly flamboyant Suzaku (the red bird) occupying the foreground. All this in Kayomi's distinctive warm tones making a rich and impressive picture.

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11340 (11-340 on box)
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Four gods
© Ozuma Kaname

1000: Four gods (Kaname)

In Chinese mythology these four gods occupy the four corners of the cosmos: the white tiger in the west, the blue dragon in the east, the red phoenix (Suzaku) in the south, and the mysterious Genbu in the north. Mysterious, because Genbu apparently turns up as a snake and a turtle entwined together, which is why there are five heads in the picture. These deities are associated with feng shui, and have also appeared in Japanese animations, so they are easy to find on the Web.

The painter Ozuma Kaname was born in 1939, in Niigata. He studied traditional Japanese art, and his pictures are generally based on traditional themes.

Ozuma is his family name: he signs paintings with the single character of his given name only.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10764 (1000-764 on box)
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The gods of wind and thunder

These two are generally depicted together, generating their respective natural forces: Fujin makes the wind with his big bag, and Raijin (or Raiden) makes thunder by banging his drums. Mark Schumacher has some more details in his page on the eclectic grouping of the 28 guardians.

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