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Fantasy Art by Kagaya

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Miyazawa Kenji - Galactic Railroad

Star journey
© Kagaya

500: Star journey

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.

Wikipedia article on Miyazawa Kenji

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A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 22 x 17 cm (9" x 7")
Code: Y4122 (41-22 on box)
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The star-studded sky

Symphometry
© Kagaya

2014: Symphony in symmetry

The symmetry of Mount Fuji and its reflection is complemented by the pair of swans on the lakeside in this peaceful sunset scene. This is from Kagaya's Hoshi-biyori series ("The star-studded sky"): the original title is Shinfometorii, a combination of "symphony" and "symmetry" which doesn't really work in English.

This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 2014 pieces; 62 x 45 cm (24" x 18")
Code: Y2211 (22-11 on box)
Retail price ¥2500 (approx. US$21.74 €17.36 £13.89)
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Treasure night
© Kagaya

2014: Treasure night

Another puzzle from the Hoshi-biyori series ("The star-studded sky"), and indeed, above the distinctive form of Mount Fuji we see the familiar constellation of Orion, and the moon shown with Kagaya's typical astronomical accuracy. Below is a ghostly landscape of habitations glimmering in the mist.

This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 2014 pieces; 62 x 45 cm (24" x 18")
Code: Y2210 (22-10 on box)
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Starry tales

Starry Tales
© Kagaya

1000: Starry Tales

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.

Detail

This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: Y1229 (12-29 on box)
Retail price ¥2400 (approx. US$20.87 €16.67 £13.33)
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Heavenly bodies

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Kagaya Yutaka

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)

Note: The translations of titles are mine.

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Deleted puzzles

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

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