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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)
Retail price ¥3600 (approx. US$33.96 €28.13 £24.83)
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Haruyo - kimono specialist

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

Simple beauty
© Haruyo

500: Simple beauty (Haruyo)

The modern hairstyle shows this to be a contemporary beauty, and spring is the setting given by the yellow yamabuki blossoms ("kerria" in horticultural circles).

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: E06089 (06-089 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$18.87 €15.63 £13.79)
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Raindrops
© Haruyo

300: Raindrops (Haruyo)

The irises tell us the season, so we know that this kimono figure is walking through the gentlest of summer rain...

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: 300 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E26281 (26-281 on box)
Retail price ¥1400 (approx. US$13.21 €10.94 £9.66)
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Dance of fortune
© Haruyo

1000: Dance of fortune (Haruyo)

This courtesan has a bright red kimon, with a design including the "treasure" character (宝). She dances in front of an elaborate traditional cart bearing a splendid array of flowers and foliage. A red Mount Fuji in the background completes the scene with over-flying cranes (actually heading into the matching puzzle "Dance of treasure").

This puzzle forms a pair with the Dance of treasure (E11572): you can combine the two for a full-size 2000-piece 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: E11573 (11-573 on box)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$28.30 €23.44 £20.69)
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