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Sanneizaka
© Epoch
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Sanneizaka

In a quaint corner of Kyoto, these steps are part of the passage called Sanneizaka. There are various theories for the origin of the name, but the most prominent one (based on the characters used to write the name today) is that it refers to a prayer for safe childbirth.

The cherry blossoms and traditional roof tiles provide an exquisite combination of textures for this puzzle.

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: E05098 (05-098 on package)
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Orbit of the dream
© Kagaya
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Orbit of the dream

Kagaya's photographic interpretation of a Kyoto scene...

Born in Saitama (just north of Tokyo) in 1968, Kagaya spent his childhood in wonderment of the stars in the sky, and never stopped painting them. He has had a successful career as an illustrator for astronomical books and magazines, and many of his works have been turned into jigsaw puzzles, among other products. Since 1996, he has worked exclusively in the digital medium, using a Macintosh. Perhaps that is why he does not appear to sign his pictures.

He goes by his family name; his given name appears to be Yutaka, but in English you will also find him called Joh Kagaya (Jô is the Chinese reading of his name).

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

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A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: Y051015 (05-1015 on package)
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Fuji with pagoda
© Amanaimages
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Fuji with pagoda

The most sought after view of Fuji, from the park including this five-storied pagoda to the north-east of the mountain.

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E05110 (05-110 on package)
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Pink-tinged Fuji
© Hiroshi Kubozuka
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Pink-tinged Fuji

A beautiful example of the classic view of Fuji, tinged with pink, and soaring over the surrounding ocean of clouds...

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E05085 (05-085 on package)
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Cat life in Kyoto
© Mitsuaki Iwago
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Cat life in Kyoto

The stone statue is a maneki neko, or "beckoning cat", traditionally seen as beckoning good fortune. And the cat seems to have the same idea!

Mitsuaki Iwagō (born 1950) is a very well known Japanese wildlife photographer, whose photoessay on the Serengeti, "Natural Order on the African Plain" became an international best-seller. But he is also known for cute photographs of more domesticated animals...

(His family name is often written without the long-vowel mark, as Iwago.)

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E06083 (06-083 on package)
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Takeda castle ruins
© Epoch
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Misty morning over Takeda castle

An atmospheric shot of this unique ruined hilltop castle which appears to float in a sea of clouds.

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E05092 (05-092 on package)
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Sumidagawa firework display
© Iwao Kataoka
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Sumidagawa firework display

Sumidagawa is the great river through Tokyo that is the site of this annual summer firework display.

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E79104 (79-104 on package)
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Angkor Wat
© Appleone
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Angkor Wat

This is the largest in the complex of temples at Angkor in Cambodia. From here a powerful family of kings ruled much of south-east Asia, from around the year 900 to 1432. The city was then abandoned, and more or less lost to the jungle, until rediscovered by a French explorer, Henri Mouhot, in 1860.

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An Appleone puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: A05254 (500-254 on package)
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Steps to Bishamon Hall
© Amanaimages
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Steps to Bishamon Hall

Steps strewn with brilliant fallen maple leaves form the approach to the Hall of Bishamon, part of the Jingo-ji complex in Kyoto. Although almost all of the picture is foliage, this framework will make the puzzle a pleasure to do.

Wikipedia articles on the Jingo-ji temple site; and Vaiśravaṇa, the original Bishamon

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E05114 (05-114 on package)
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Miyajima fireworks
© Yonehara Keitaro
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Miyajima fireworks

The great torii, or Shinto ceremonial gateway of Itsukushima shrine stands vividly silhouetted against a firework display. Completed in 1875, this torii is somewhat unusually sited in the tidal part of the bay, and is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan."

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: E79105 (79-105 on package)
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For reference: you can view all the 500-piece scenic puzzles that are out of print in the Attic.

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