- Almost all of these fantasy puzzles are glow-in-the-dark versions, and the latest use Hexachrome or other special printing for super-vivid colours.
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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan
Kagaya's rendering of the traditional signs of the zodiac - truly a starlit fantasy.
This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.
This puzzle is printed with more ink colours for extra-vivid effect.
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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y101110 (10-1110 on box)
Retail price ¥3900 (approx. US$37.86 €33.05 £25.83)
Shipping from ¥1200 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$11.65 €10.17 £7.95)
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Although this puzzle is titled simpled Starry Tales, the figure is clearly recognisable as Libra, carrying the scales of justice. In the background we see classical allusions: a winged horse, and a Greek temple.
This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.
This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.
A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: Y1229 (12-29 on box)
Retail price ¥2400
A portrayal of one of the best-known works of fantasy fiction by Miyazawa Kenji, Japan's much-loved poet and author of children's literature. The original title is Ginga tetsudô no yoru, probably best known in the West from the anime film "Night on the Galactic Railroad" (but there are many variations on this translation).
We see an earthbound, yet fantastic scence passing the train window, itself a reminder of a bygone age.
This puzzle has micro pieces
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).
The Kagaya Studio site includes lots more information, including some in English.
He has been honoured by having an asteroid (no. 11949) named after him. It's a long way away, but only a few kilometres across, so you could walk round it in a day. (Here's the technical information)
Separate page: Kagaya zodiac collection - the discontinued series of zodiac puzzles
Note: The translations of titles are mine.
Try the Yanoman website. If you find another puzzle you want, please ask me about special orders.
For reference: you can view all the Kagaya puzzles that are out of print in the Attic.