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Himeji Castle
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Himeji Castle with azaleas

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle." Birdlike or not, here it is nicely offset by the banks of azaleas in the foreground.

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)
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Code: E25083 (25-083S on box)
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Tokyo nightscape
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Tokyo nightscape

One of the best-known landmarks of modern Tokyo, Rainbow Bridge connects one of the growing number of islands created in Tokyo Bay to the original shoreline.

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Code: E25108 (25-108 on box)
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Kamigamo Shrine
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Kamigamo Shrine

This is one of two associated Shinto shrines on the Kamo river in northern Kyoto, its name meaning "Upper Kamo shrine" — the other is Shimogamo ("Lower Kamo"). The two have a very long history, going back to the Heian period (c. AD 800), but as is the tradition the structures themselves are maintained and rebuilt as necessary. This is the ornate main gate (rōmon), seen through the spring foliage.

One of the oldest shrines in Japan, it is now a World Heritage site.

Wikipedia article

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B73179 (73-179 on box)
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Tokyo tower lit up
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Tokyo tower lit up

A night view of Tokyo Tower, 333 m tall, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2008. The panoramic background is also dominated by the Mori Tower building, part of the new Roppongi Hills development.

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Code: E26129 (26-129S on box)
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Tokyo Tower: Diamond veil
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Tokyo Tower: Diamond veil

A night view of Tokyo Tower, 333 m tall, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2008. The panoramic background is also dominated by the Mori Tower building, part of the Roppongi Hills development.

This lighting effect, dubbed "Diamond Veil," is the current evening attraction.

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

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Code: E28019 (28-019S on box)
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Seiganto temple and Nachi falls
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Seiganto temple and Nachi falls

Near the southern tip of the Kii peninsula below Kyoto, this pagoda, just part of the temple complex, enjoys a commanding view of the impressive Nachi falls. Although the falls are actually across a valley, a suitable viewpoint brings them into the same picture.

This beautiful photograph has a lot of background forest and cliffs, but the touches of mist will probably make them slightly easier rather than harder.

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Code: P48703 (48-703 on box)
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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara
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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara

The impressive entrance to one of the historical treasures makes a particularly nice picture for a puzzle: the varying textures and repeating patterns provide fascination, particularly the row of bronze lanterns. As is the tradition in Japan, wooden buildings are rebuilt regularly, preserving their beauty...

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An Apollo puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P48719 (48-719 on box)
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Cherry blossom in Kyoto
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Cherry blossom in Kyoto

Kimono-clad figures cross the bridge in Gion, the traditional area of Kyoto.

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Code: B33111 (33-111 on box)
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Mt. Fuji
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Fuji with daisies

Daisies sway in the breeze, in this view from the north, across Kawaguchi lake.

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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Code: B73167 (73-167 on box)
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Fuji with flowers
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Fuji with flowers

The lake across which we see Mount Fuji is fringed with a wide expanse of the low-growing shibazakura, or moss phlox, a common garden plant in Japan.

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Code: P48625 (48-625 on box)
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Enoshima railway
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Enoshima railway

This historical line, which opened as an electric railway in 1902, joins the cities of Kamakura and Fujisawa, providing local access to the tiny resort island of Enoshima and the great Kamakura statue of Buddha (actually three stations from Kamakura). One reason for its preservation may be a number of TV dramas featuring the line.

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Code: E26230 (26-230 on box)
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Mt Fuji and the bullet train
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Mt Fuji and the bullet train

A bright yellow sea of rapeseed flowers (na-no-hana) provides the foreground to this classic shot of the "bullet train" (Shinkansen) passing below Mount Fuji. This is the N700, the version introduced in 2007, which cut the journey time between Tokyo and Osaka to under two-and-a-half hours.

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Code: P48707 (48-707 on box)
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Aerial view
© Motonobu Sato
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Mt. Fuji aerial view

Seen from 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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Code: E25109 (25-109 on box)
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Heian shrine cherry blossom
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Heian shrine cherry blossom

A classic view of the Kihin-kan ("guest residence") in the gardens of the Heian shrine in Kyoto. This site was built relatively recently, in 1895, on the site of the Emperor's palace in Kyoto, commemorating 1100 years since the capital moved there from Nara.

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Code: P48641 (48-641 on box)
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Uyuni salt flats
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Uyuni salt flats

Two cyclists riding the horizon, just one of the amazing effects provided by the famous Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia.

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Code: P48626 (48-626 on box)
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Kurobe autumn colours
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Kurobe autumn colours

The Kurobe Gorge cuts deep into the Japan Alps, and up this valley wends this light railway, built to supply hydroelectric developments, but also carrying tourists to provide spectacular views.

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Kintai bridge
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Kintai bridge

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 Kintaikyô - or "Brocade sash bridge" - is derived from a resemblance to a kimono sash. 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.

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Code: E25128 (25-128 on box)
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Itsukushima shrine
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Itsukushima shrine

The classic view of the Itsukushima shrine, looking out into the bay at the great torii. This Shinto ceremonial gateway was completed in 1875, and is unusual in being sited in the tidal part of the bay.

This is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan" - and since 1996 has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Code: E26054 (26-054 on box)
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Tsumago - old post town
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Tsumago - old post town

Amazingly well-preserved buildings line this street in Tsumago, a staging point where the old Nakasendo road begins to climb over the Japan Alps.

Kanji sign Kanji sign

On the right is the famous Matsushiroya inn - here's how to read the signs in the picture. The juku means "a place to stay", referring to the town's status as a staging point.

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Code: E25116 (25-116 on box)
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Isumi Railway
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Isumi Railway

A local line snaking across the Boso peninsular south-east of Tokyo, the Isumi railway is fringed for more than half its length by bright yellow rape blossoms, tended for by local people. The line was rescued from oblivion in 1988, and is run as a joint private-public operation to serve local communities.

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Code: E26231 (26-231 on box)
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Kumano old road
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Kumano old road

A well-preserved old tea-house on this historic road - an old pilgrimage route through the mountains, which is now a World Heritage site.

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Code: P48648 (48-648 on box)
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For reference: you can view all the 300-piece scenic puzzles that are out of print in the Attic.

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