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Flower art

Currently all of the flower paintings feature cherry blossoms, but we are sure to have more flower artists again some time...

Cherry blossom

Cherry dance
© Haruyo

2016: Cherry dance (Haruyo)

A classic Haruyo figure, in a richly decorated kimono, and surrounded by cherry blossom.

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E23319 (23-319 on box)
Retail price ¥3600 (approx. US$31.58 €30.25 £25.71)
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Moonlit tiger and dragon
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

2016: Moonlit tiger and dragon (Kayomi)

Traditional rivals, tiger and dragon face off under a full moon masked only by a sprig of cherry blossom.

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: 2016 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E23087 (23-087 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.32 €25.21 £21.43)
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Dark cherry
© Haruyo

1053: Dark cherry (Haruyo)

A courtesan shows off her opulent kimono, among equally luxuriant surroundings—falling cherry blossom, and a crescent moon.

Haruyo has added an inscription by her signature: "A smile for you..."

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: P49712 (49-712 on box)
Retail price ¥2300 (approx. US$20.18 €19.33 £16.43)
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Cherry breezes
© Shu Mizoguchi

1000: Cherry breezes (Shu)

A contemporary-looking young woman in traditional attire walks among the scattering cherry petals, accompanied by a bevy of ducks. With the long-sleeved kimono, she might be just fresh from a university graduation ceremony.

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Born in Hiroshima in 1972, the artist developed his talent for original art while working as a graphic artist for a game company. He is now an independent creator of fantasy works.

Mizoguchi is his family name; he signs his work "Shu", the short form of his given name (Shuichi). On the box his name is given as "SHU Mizoguchi", somewhat confusingly, given the recent trend to writing the family name first capitalized.

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

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Discontinued January 2017
An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10484 (1000-484 on box)
Retail price ¥3900
Dark cherry
© Studio Morita / Studio Oz Inc

1000: Dark cherry (Haruyo)

A courtesan shows off her opulent kimono, among equally luxuriant surroundings—falling cherry blossom, and a crescent moon.

Haruyo has added an inscription by her signature: "A smile for you..."

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

* This puzzle is cut to make pieces harder to find.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11322 (11-322 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.32 €25.21 £21.43)
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I-ro-ha poem
© Shu Mizoguchi

1000: I-ro-ha poem (Shu)

The figure with a parasol, the cherry blossom, ducks on a stream, somehow a foreboding scene...

("I-ro-ha" is the beginning of the Japanese syllabary, rather like "A-B-C"; the original title is Iroha meguri.)

Born in Hiroshima in 1972, the artist developed his talent for original art while working as a graphic artist for a game company. He is now an independent creator of fantasy works.

Mizoguchi is his family name; he signs his work "Shu", the short form of his given name (Shuichi). On the box his name is given as "SHU Mizoguchi", somewhat confusingly, given the recent trend to writing the family name first capitalized.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: A10750 (1000-750 on box)
Retail price ¥3300 (approx. US$28.95 €27.73 £23.57)
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Kintai bridge, spring evening
© S Watanabe Color Print
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1000: Kintai bridge, spring evening (Hasui)

A boatman emerges against the setting sun under the arch of this iconic bridge, seen through the cherry trees planted on the river bank. The print was made in 1947.

The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, and there was therefore no need of a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.

Watase Hasui (1883-1957) was one of the major artists involved in the revival of woodblock printing in the early twentieth century. He brings a fresh subtlety of expression to this traditional craft.

Apart from a brief period in Shiobara, northern Tochigi, he appears to have lived his whole life in Tokyo, but specialised in landcapes, drawn from his travels across Japan.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 49 x 72 cm (19" x 28")
Code: B61297 (61-297 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.32 €25.21 £21.43)
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Reclining dragon cherry
© Zigen Tanabe
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1000: Crouching dragon cherry (Zigen)

Zigen gives us a flamboyant image, based on the real cherry tree in the temple grounds of Daidō-ji, which is more than 1100 years old, and whose trunk is said to be reminiscent of a crouching dragon. This puzzle will make an interesting challenge!

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: B61379 (61-379 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.32 €25.21 £21.43)
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White tigers with Mount Fuji
© Shingo Saotome

1000: White tigers with Mount Fuji (Shingo)

Two white tigers with peaceful yet determined expressions. In the foreground cherry blossom, and in the background Mount Fuji by the glowing moon. Although this is a fantasy composition, the elements are traditional, as is the artist's title, referring to Fuji as reihō, the "Spiritual peak."

Shingo Saotome is a self-taught artist, who loves to paint the natural world in acrylics. He has been active both in Japan and in Florida since 1993.

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Discontinued February 2017
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B51102 (51-102 on box)
Retail price ¥2800
Cherry dream
© Haruyo

1000: Cherry dream (Haruyo)

Cherry blossom petals swirl around this courtesan, with her ostentatiously decorated kimono. A lot of pink in this puzzle!

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11568 (11-568 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.32 €25.21 £21.43)
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Deleted puzzles

For reference: you can view all the puzzles from this page that are out of print in the attic.

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