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Kimonos by Morita Haruyo

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See also: Page 2 (Dance series and other figures) - Page 3 ("Colours" series) - Page 4 (Floral series) - Browse all Haruyo puzzles

Morita Haruyo: our best-selling artist, her style a "fusion" of East and West. Her subjects are all kimono-clad beauties, ranging from the innocence of youth to the luxuriance of the courtesan.

Treasure Fortune

Treasure and Fortune

The panel above is made from the following two separate puzzles Dance of treasure and Dance of fortune.

Dance of treasure
© Haruyo

1000: Dance of treasure

A courtesan in a gorgeous purple kimono dances, as the treasure boat sails by in the background, and an auspicious flock of cranes passes overhead.

This puzzle forms a pair with the Dance of fortune (E11573): you can combine the two for a full-size 2000-piece puzzle.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11572 (11-572 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 15% off: ¥2550 (approx. US$23.18 €19.62 £17.35)
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Dance of fortune
© Haruyo

1000: Dance of fortune

This courtesan has a bright red kimon, with a design including the "treasure" character (宝). She dances in front of an elaborate traditional cart bearing a splendid array of flowers and foliage. A red Mount Fuji in the background completes the scene with over-flying cranes (actually heading into the matching puzzle "Dance of treasure").

This puzzle forms a pair with the Dance of treasure (E11572): you can combine the two for a full-size 2000-piece puzzle.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11573 (11-573 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 15% off: ¥2550 (approx. US$23.18 €19.62 £17.35)
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"Bonds"

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This Haruyo series began appearing in late 2009.

Yuiju
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1000: Yuiju

A bride, in an exceedingly ornate kimono decorated with flowers and cranes, while yet more cranes in the background promise good fortune.

The title, Yuiju, is practically untranslatable: Yui is the "Bonds" of the series title, and ju is the character also read kotobuki and used only in a formulaic way, to mean "Good fortune" or "Congratulations." Perhaps this amounts to something like "Bridal fortune."

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Discontinued November 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11416 (11-416 on box)
Retail price ¥3000
Enka
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1000: Enka

A very luxuriant feather kimono adorns this classic Haruyo beauty. (The title Enka combines the characters for "lustrous" and "floral".)

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11501 (11-501 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 15% off: ¥2550 (approx. US$23.18 €19.62 £17.35)
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Crane and turtle
© Haruyo

420: Crane and turtle

This "scroll" puzzle combines the separate "crane" and "turtle" figures in this series with a background of plum blossoms.

The crane and turtle are both traditional auspicious symbols of happiness and longevity. It is said that if a crane lives to be 1000, a turtle lives to be 10,000.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52130 (52-130 on box)
Normally ¥1800 - special offer 15% off: ¥1530 (approx. US$13.91 €11.77 £10.41)
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Other puzzles

The latest puzzles not belonging to any of the "series"...

Butterfly dream
© Epoch

2016: Butterfly dream

A typical Haruyo figure has her ornate kimono decorated with butterflies — then many more can be found, almost camouflaged among the flowers.

* 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: E23324 (23-324 on box)
Normally ¥3600 - special offer 15% off: ¥3060 (approx. US$27.82 €23.54 £20.82)
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Sheer elegance
© Haruyo

2016: Sheer elegance

The subject is traditional enough, yet Haruyo gives it her distinctive contemporary, flowing touch, for a puzzle filled with interesting colours.

* 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: E23323 (23-323 on box)
Normally ¥3600 - special offer 15% off: ¥3060 (approx. US$27.82 €23.54 £20.82)
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Cherry dream
© Haruyo

1000: Cherry dream

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

Out of stock
More stock expected December 21
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11568 (11-568 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 15% off: ¥2550 (approx. US$23.18 €19.62 £17.35)
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Breeze of love
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1000: Breeze of love

A geisha figure dreams of a lover... Her kimono is elegant rather than ornate, but there is also plenty of background interest in this image.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11564 (11-564 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 15% off: ¥2550 (approx. US$23.18 €19.62 £17.35)
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Kyoto maidens
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1000: Kyoto maidens

Two young ladies, obviously of high class, one with a parasol gesturing elegantly, the other wrapping her arms in the long sleeves of her kimono in a way so familiar in an era long gone.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11553 (11-553 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 15% off: ¥2550 (approx. US$23.18 €19.62 £17.35)
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Stand like a peony
© Haruyo

1000: Stand like a peony

The title is part of an old saying, which describes the perfect female figure: "Stand like a shakuyaku, sit like a botan, and walk like a lily." This does not work very well in English, because the first two are both varieties of peony: shakuyaku is Paeonia lactiflora, or the common garden peony, and botan is Paeonia suffruticosa, or the Chinese tree peony. But Haruyo makes everything clear: not only with the floral kimono, but also by surrounding the figure with a mass of peony blooms.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11538 (11-538 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 15% off: ¥2550 (approx. US$23.18 €19.62 £17.35)
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Dream poem
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1000: Dream poem

A beauty from the Heian period, a thousand years or so ago, has a pensive look under the full moon. Haruyo has added a poem by a famously beautiful poetess of the period, Ono no Komachi. (This is a waka, comprising 5-7-5-7-7 syllables.)

Utsutsu ni wa / samo koso arame / yume ni sae / hitome wo moru to / miru ga wabishisa
Not to meet in real life is hard enough, but for cares to keep you from me even in my dreams is more than I can bear.
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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11478 (11-478 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 15% off: ¥2550 (approx. US$23.18 €19.62 £17.35)
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Peach blossom angel
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1000: Peach blossom angel

Haruyo depicts this heavenly swirling figure with panache. With a name no doubt derived from the ancient Chinese legend of the the Peach Blossom Spring, this flying creature is more properly a tennyo, a kind of heavenly messenger whose origins are lost in the mists of India.

Wikipedia articles on The Peach Blossom Spring and tennyo

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11460 (11-460 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 15% off: ¥2550 (approx. US$23.18 €19.62 £17.35)
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Moonflower
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1000: Moonflower

A courtesan shows off a lush purple kimono adorned with flowers, peacock feathers, and butterflies. Over the background lotus pond looms a huge crescent moon..

This puzzle forms a pair with Starflower (E11429): you can combine the two for a full-size 2000-piece puzzle.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11430 (11-430 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 15% off: ¥2550 (approx. US$23.18 €19.62 £17.35)
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Starflower moonflower
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500: Starflower moonflower

This is a synthesis of the figures from the separate Starflower and Moonflower puzzles, making an interesting composition for a 500-piece puzzle.

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: E06051 (06-051 on box)
Normally ¥2000 - special offer 15% off: ¥1700 (approx. US$15.45 €13.08 £11.56)
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Oborozuki
© Haruyo

420: Oborozuki

The title is somewhat difficult to translate: "the (spring) moon, shrouded in haze," a common motif in both art and song. Haruyo has placed the moon right at the top right corner, and given her model a striking diagonal pose. (Incidentally leaving quite a large plain area for a puzzle!) Although the colours here are restrained, the courtesan holds her outer robe to give us a good view of the picture on it - a crane, over woods and waves.

This is a new, "scroll" version of a puzzle from many years back, so the "blank area" has moved to the top.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52131 (52-131 on box)
Normally ¥1800 - special offer 15% off: ¥1530 (approx. US$13.91 €11.77 £10.41)
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Other series...

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Floral (from March 2006 with more recent additions)

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Colours series (mid-2004 to 2005, with recent additions)

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Dancers (first series began in August 2007)

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Morita Haruyo

Signature

Haruyo: signature and seal

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.

Note: The translations of titles are mine.

Other kimono puzzles

We now have the complete Haruyo catalog in stock, except for the slight delay in getting the latest displayed on the website.

See also: More kimono art

Deleted puzzles

For reference: you can view all the Haruyo puzzles that are out of print in the Attic.

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