Jigsaw puzzles from Japan
OK, so you've done the puzzle carefully, it's almost finished, and you get that sinking feeling. There are plainly five holes, and exactly four pieces to fit in them. What should you do? Well, first fill in all the holes except one, then...
- Look everywhere. In the folds of your sweater, behind the cushions, under the table.
- Now look under the carpet.
- Go to bed, and look again in the morning.
If all else fails, this page may be able to help you! Complete the form below, and we will try to get you a replacement piece.
This page is provided in the hope it will be useful. I am not acting as agent for any of the puzzle manufacturers; I cannot guarantee that you will be able to get a replacement, and I cannot accept any responsibility in the event of any dispute or problem (except for refunding any fee you have paid us).
Unfortunately it's common to find that a piece is missing in a puzzle bought several years previously, having sat on a shelf for some time before that. In such cases, you are likely to be disappointed. (But see below)
It doesn't matter whether the missing piece is from a puzzle you bought from us - if you are an Imaginatorium Shop customer, I'll do whatever I can to help you get a replacement piece, including forwarding by post if necessary. I'm afraid that for non-customers, if we have to handle forwarding of pieces, postcards, or whatever, there will be an administration fee of 1000 yen. Of course, the best way to avoid this is to buy a puzzle, and become a customer!
Where possible, we will pass the contact information you give to the manufacturer, so they can send you a piece directly.
We need to know the manufacturer and puzzle details; all puzzles include a "Missing piece" card (or slip) with a manufacturing date code, and we need this to ensure an exact replacement. (The dies used to cut puzzles change from time to time.) Then we need to know which piece, and your contact details. (You can supply a full address later, after we have been in contact by email.)
- If you need help identifying the manufacturer, this page includes pictures of the Japanese names and logos: Guide to Japanese manufacturers.
- To get help identifying the date code on the "Missing piece" form, select the manufacturer from the pull-down list to see a sample:
If you have a puzzle that is five or more years old, or if it's not from a Japanese manufacturer and you cannot find a contact for getting replacements, all may not be lost. Try the Jigsaw Puzzle Doctor, a UK firm that makes individual replacement pieces for a very reasonable fee.