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White tiger Blue dragon

White tiger Blue dragon

White tiger of the west - Blue dragon of the east

Each panel above is made from two separate puzzles of the tiger and dragon listed separately below. Although traditional rivals, these two share roles in Chinese mythology as protector gods - the white tiger in the west and the blue dragon in the east. Mark Schumacher has lots more details on his page on Ssu Ling (the Chinese name for the four protector gods).

3000 pieces

The four protector-gods
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

The four protector-gods

The four gods, the white tiger and blue dragon to west and east, Genbu the entwined snake/turtle to the north, and a splendidly flamboyant Suzaku (the red bird) occupying the foreground. All this in Kayomi's distinctive warm tones making a rich and impressive picture.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21101 (21-101 on box)
Retail price ¥4800 (approx. US$42.11 €40.34 £34.29)
Shipping from ¥1950 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$17.11 €16.39 £13.93)
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Dragons of five colours
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Dragons of five colours

This challenging puzzle includes no less than five of Kayomi's fluffy but fierce dragons. Five is the number of ancient Chinese elements, which are associated with the cardinal directions (including "centre"), and also with colours. So the central yellow dragon symbolises imperial authority, and manifests rank by having five claws and holding the magic ball. Around the four corners are the four protectorate dragons: Black to the north, Blue to the east, Red to the south, and White to the west. (These also match with the colours of the four protectorate gods.)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21105 (21-105 on box)
Retail price ¥4800 (approx. US$42.11 €40.34 £34.29)
Shipping from ¥2050 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$17.98 €17.23 £14.64)
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2016 pieces

White tiger and cherry
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

White tiger and cherry

The cherry blossoms set off this white tiger, but do not make it look any less fearsome!

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23074 (23-074 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.32 €25.21 £21.43)
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Moonlit tiger and dragon
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Moonlit tiger and dragon

Traditional rivals, tiger and dragon face off under a full moon masked only by a sprig of cherry blossom.

* 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: E23087 (23-087 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.32 €25.21 £21.43)
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1053 pieces

The four protector-gods
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

The four protector-gods

The four gods, the white tiger and blue dragon to west and east, Genbu the entwined snake/turtle to the north, and a splendidly flamboyant Suzaku (the red bird) occupying the foreground. All this in Kayomi's distinctive warm tones making a rich and impressive picture.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P49701 (49-701 on box)
Retail price ¥2300 (approx. US$20.18 €19.33 £16.43)
Shipping from ¥600 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$5.26 €5.04 £4.29)
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1000 pieces

The four protector-gods
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

The four protector-gods

The four gods, the white tiger and blue dragon to west and east, Genbu the entwined snake/turtle to the north, and a splendidly flamboyant Suzaku (the red bird) occupying the foreground. All this in Kayomi's distinctive warm tones making a rich and impressive picture.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11340 (11-340 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.32 €25.21 £21.43)
Shipping from ¥1200 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$10.53 €10.08 £8.57)
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Dragons of five colours
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Dragons of five colours

This challenging puzzle includes no less than five of Kayomi's fluffy but fierce dragons. Five is the number of ancient Chinese elements, which are associated with the cardinal directions (including "centre"), and also with colours. So the central yellow dragon symbolises imperial authority, and manifests rank by having five claws and holding the magic ball. Around the four corners are the four protectorate dragons: Black to the north, Blue to the east, Red to the south, and White to the west. (These also match with the colours of the four protectorate gods.)

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11386 (11-386 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.32 €25.21 £21.43)
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White lion roar
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

White lion roar

His huge mane highlighted by the sun, this white lion roars and breathes fire. Fearsome, yet with the typical Kayomi softening.

The box includes the legend "Bai-shizi", which is the Chinese (pinyin) reading of the characters for "White lion".

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Discontinued February 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11404 (11-404 on box)
Retail price ¥3000
Cherry blossom owl
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Cherry blossom owl

A simple but effective composition: the owl approaches us ready to pounce. The cherry blossom lit only by the full moon has an eerie tone, which will make the puzzle interesting but quite a challenge.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11511 (11-511 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$26.32 €25.21 £21.43)
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600 pieces

Golden tiger and dragon
© Kayomi Harai

Golden dragon - wild tiger

A typical Kayomi scene, as the fierce-looking tiger faces off the wily dragon...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Apollo puzzle: 600 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P49306 (49-306 on box)
Retail price ¥2100 (approx. US$18.42 €17.65 £15.00)
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500 pieces

Blue dragon of the east
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Blue dragon of the east

The blue dragon, protector god of the east, shows his teeth, while his long long tail writhes into the distance among the lightning strikes. He has, of course, his cintamani magic ball at the ready. The box includes the characters for 'East: blue dragon', and the Chinese reading 'Qing-long' for "Blue dragon."

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E06054 (06-054 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$17.54 €16.81 £14.29)
Shipping from ¥700 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$6.14 €5.88 £5.00)
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White tiger of the west
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

White tiger of the west

The white tiger, protector god of the west, looking suitably fierce, yet in Kayomi's characteristically soft style. The box includes the characters for 'West: white tiger', and the Chinese reading Bai-hu for "White tiger."

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E06055 (06-055 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$17.54 €16.81 £14.29)
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450 pieces

Blue dragon of the east
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Blue dragon of the east

The blue dragon, protector god of the east, shows his teeth, while his long long tail writhes into the distance among the lightning strikes. The box includes the characters for 'East: blue dragon', and the Chinese reading 'Qing-long' for "Blue dragon."

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08039 (08-039 on box)
Retail price ¥1400 (approx. US$12.28 €11.76 £10.00)
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White dragon
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

White dragon

The white dragon has rather friendly-looking blue eyes, though his claws are sharp enough. This puzzle will not be easy, as almost all of the pieces are one shade of blue or another.

This puzzle can also be combined with E08039 "Blue dragon of the east" to form a panorama puzzle.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Apollo puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P46502 (46-502 on box)
Retail price ¥1400 (approx. US$12.28 €11.76 £10.00)
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White tiger of the west
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

White tiger of the west

The white tiger, protector god of the west, looking suitably fierce, yet in Kayomi's characteristically soft style. The box includes the characters for 'West: white tiger', and the Chinese reading 'Bai-hu' for "White tiger."

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08038 (08-038 on box)
Retail price ¥1400 (approx. US$12.28 €11.76 £10.00)
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Hawk, Fuji, and pine
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Hawk, Fuji, and pine

The combination of hawk, pine, and Fuji is an auspicious one, the hawk a symbol of strength, the evergreen pine a sign of endurance, and the red Mount Fuji a sacred Shinto symbol. Kayomi's hawk almost fills the frame, and indeed looks a fearsome predator.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

* This puzzle has the same image printed on both sides.

Not available
Discontinued March 2017
An Apollo puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P44704 (44-704 on box)
Retail price ¥2000

420 pieces

Dragon gorge
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Dragon gorge

Where do dragons come from? There is a gorge called Longmen ("Dragon-gate") on the Yellow River that flows so fast it is said that any carp that managed to swim up it will turn itself into a dragon, the King of the scaly beasts.

This picture is ideally suited to the traditional vertical format. Two carp leap upward, while a confident dragon shows his mettle at the top. This seemingly impossible climb is used as a metaphor for achievement in the world—and there is further good fortune indicated by the combination of pine and carp. (More wordplay: this can be read shôri, which with different characters means "victory".)

* 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: E52138 (52-138 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$15.79 €15.13 £12.86)
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Silver tiger
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Silver tiger

The silver tiger takes an aggressive stance under the silvery moon...

This puzzle forms a pair with E52109, the Golden Tiger.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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Resupply date uncertain
An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52110 (52-110 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$15.79 €15.13 £12.86)
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Double dragon
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Double dragon

A pair of dragons make fearsome adversaries. But in Buddhist-inspired mythology, they are not seen as evil, rather as symbols of right. Here each dragon has one claw extended as if to fight, but in the other holds the wish-fulfilling jewel, or cintamani (in Sanskrit), of both Buddhist and Hindu tradition.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 52 x 18 cm (20" x 7")
Code: E52137 (52-137 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$15.79 €15.13 £12.86)
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300 pieces

Tigers together!
© Kayomi Harai

Tigers together!

Three white tigers cling on...

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B33110 (33-110 on box)
Retail price ¥1500 (approx. US$13.16 €12.61 £10.71)
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Happy owls
© Kayomi Harai

Happy owls

Mother and child, a sweet pair of bright-eyed owls.

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B33109 (33-109 on box)
Retail price ¥1500 (approx. US$13.16 €12.61 £10.71)
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Owl family
© Kayomi Harai

Owl family

A contented family sit together under the moon...

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B33120 (33-120 on box)
Retail price ¥1500 (approx. US$13.16 €12.61 £10.71)
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Harai Kayomi

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

Her style is quite distinctive - soft and fluffy - and perhaps her work is done with pastels, though it is difficult to tell from just a print.

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