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Kimono beauties

A beauty in a kimono is an irresistible subject — to the point where at least one of our artists, Haruyo, devotes herself to it.

Kaguya-hime
© Ozuma Kaname

1000: Kaguya-hime (Kaname)

With a huge full moon as backdrop, Kaguyahime ("Princess of the shining night") has a pensive look. The story of which she is heroine, the "Bamboo cutter's tale", dates back a thousand years, to the great cultural flowering that was the Heian period. In the story, she was found as a tiny baby inside a bamboo trunk.

As we see, a beauty of that time wore her eyebrows high, and her hair exceedingly long. She also spared no expense on her kimono.

Detail

Good articles at Wikipedia: The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter - Heian period

The painter Ozuma Kaname was born in 1939, in Niigata. He studied traditional Japanese art, and his pictures are generally based on traditional themes.

Ozuma is his family name: he signs paintings with the single character of his given name only.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10339 (1000-339 on box)
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Haruyo - kimono specialist

Here are just the three latest Haruyo puzzle — many many more on the Haruyo pages.

Cherry dream
© Haruyo

1000: Cherry dream (Haruyo)

Cherry blossom petals swirl around this courtesan, with her ostentatiously decorated kimono. A lot of pink in this puzzle!

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11568 (11-568 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$27.78 €24.79 £21.58)
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Breeze of love
© Haruyo

1000: Breeze of love (Haruyo)

A geisha figure dreams of a lover... Her kimono is elegant rather than ornate, but there is also plenty of background interest in this image.

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11564 (11-564 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$27.78 €24.79 £21.58)
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Gold
© Haruyo

500: Gold (Haruyo)

The original title, Kogane Miyabi, says it all: "Golden elegance." The young model is ornately dressed in a silver and floral design kimono, but is still outdone by the backdrop — her outer robe of a golden peacock design.

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The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: E06069 (06-069 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$18.52 €16.53 £14.39)
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