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3000 pieces

Himeji castle
© Epoch
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Himeji castle - 3000 pieces

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle." Birdlike or not, here it is nicely offset by the banks of azaleas in the foreground.

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21507 (21-507 on box)
Normally ¥4200 - special offer 15% off: ¥3570 (approx. US$33.36 €28.11 £25.87)
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2542 pieces

Aizuwakamatsu Castle
© Epoch
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Aizu-wakamatsu Castle - 2542 pieces

Although this castle boasts a history stretching back more than 600 years, it was damaged in the Battle of Aizu — hostilities during the switch from the rule of the Shoguns to the Meiji restoration — and the main tower was destroyed by 1874. It was rebuilt (in reinforced concrete) in 1965, and finally in 2011 the black roof tiles were returned to the authentic red tiles from the time of its destruction. The castle grounds contain around a thousand cherry trees, and hydrangeas, as we see here.

The castle is in the modern city of Aizu-wakamatsu, after which it is usually named in English, but it is also known as Tsurugajô, or "Crane Castle".

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An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E76608 (76-608 on box)
Normally ¥3400 - special offer 15% off: ¥2890 (approx. US$27.01 €22.76 £20.94)
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2016 pieces

Himeji Castle with azaleas
© Epoch
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Himeji Castle with azaleas - 2016 pieces

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

* 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: E23593 (23-593 on box)
Normally ¥2500 - special offer 15% off: ¥2125 (approx. US$19.86 €16.73 £15.40)
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Tôshôgu, Nikko
© Koichiro Kitaoku
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Tōshōgu, Nikko - 2016 pieces

This spectacular entrance, Yômeimon, is the central feature of this World Heritage site in Nikkô (Tochigi). The whole site is a Shinto shrine (Tôshôgu) built in the early 1600s to honour Tokugawa Ieyasu, the very first Shogun of the Tokugawa era. Since he was the most powerful man in Japan at the time, perhaps it is not so surprising that for a Shinto building this is unusually ornate.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E24101 (24-101 on box)
Normally ¥3500 - special offer 5% off: ¥3325 (approx. US$31.07 €26.18 £24.09)
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Seiganto temple and Nachi falls
© Epoch
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Seiganto temple and Nachi falls - 2016 pieces

Near the southern tip of the Kii peninsula below Kyoto, this pagoda, just part of the temple complex, enjoys a commanding view of the impressive Nachi falls. Although the falls are actually across a valley, a suitable viewpoint brings them into the same picture.

This is a very tasteful photograph, and the touches of mist will probably make the large area of forest and cliffs slightly easier rather than harder.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23062 (23-062 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 5% off: ¥2850 (approx. US$26.64 €22.44 £20.65)
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Kinkakuji
© Epoch
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Kinkakuji - 2016 pieces

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple
Detail

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23501 (23-501 on box)
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2014 pieces

Furano flower fields
© Yanoman
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Furano flower fields - 2014 pieces

Furano is an area famous for its flower production, in the gentler topography and ideal climate of Hokkaido, the northern island. This view, centred on the ornamental arch, provides a wealth of colour, from the blossoms in the foreground to the brightly sunlit patchwork landscape beyond.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 2014 pieces; 62 x 45 cm (24" x 18")
Code: Y2218 (22-18 on box)
Normally ¥2500 - special offer 30% off: ¥1750 (approx. US$16.36 €13.78 £12.68)
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Himeji Castle
© Yanoman
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Himeji Castle - 2014 pieces

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji Castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

* 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: Y2202 (22-02 on box)
Normally ¥2300 - special offer 10% off: ¥2070 (approx. US$19.35 €16.30 £15.00)
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2000 pieces

Kinkaku-ji
© Epoch
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Kinkaku-ji - 2000 pieces

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2000 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E54001 (54-001 on box)
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1000 pieces

Fuji aerial view
© Studio Sato
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Fuji aerial view - 1000 pieces

The classic cone of Mount Fuji, in an aerial view from the north.

* Economy packaging (glue not included)

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y101248 (10-1248 on box)
Normally ¥2000 - special offer 40% off: ¥1200 (approx. US$11.21 €9.45 £8.70)
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A secret place
© Satoshi Kusuda

A secret place (Kusuda) - 1000 pieces

Teeming with birds and other wildlife, this picturesque spot is the home for a fanciful hideaway tree-house.

Born in Kumamoto, in southern Japan, Satoshi Kusuda has worked in a wide range of media, from oils to water colour, and photocollage to digital painting, producing both commercial items such as CD covers and works of fantasy art.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11479 (11-479 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 30% off: ¥2100 (approx. US$19.63 €16.54 £15.22)
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Himeji Castle
© Beverly
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Himeji Castle - 1000 pieces

One of the best-restored castles in Japan, Himeji Castle is also known as "White Heron Castle." Here a boatload of tourists make their way along the moat.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B51213 (51-213 on box)
Normally ¥2800 - special offer 15% off: ¥2380 (approx. US$22.24 €18.74 £17.25)
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Himeji Castle
© Beverly Enterprises
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Himeji Castle - 1000 pieces

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle."

Himeji Castle website (includes English version)

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM81832 (M81-832 on box)
Normally ¥2000 - special offer 15% off: ¥1700 (approx. US$15.89 €13.39 £12.32)
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Aizuwakamatsu Castle
© Masato Tsubaki
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Aizu-wakamatsu Castle - 1000 pieces

Although this castle boasts a history stretching back more than 600 years, it was damaged in the Battle of Aizu — hostilities during the switch from the rule of the Shoguns to the Meiji restoration — and the main tower was destroyed by 1874. It was rebuilt (in reinforced concrete) in 1965, and finally in 2011 the black roof tiles were returned to the authentic red tiles from the time of its destruction. The castle grounds contain around a thousand cherry trees, one of which frames the view here.

The castle is in the modern city of Aizu-wakamatsu, after which it is usually named in English, but it is also known as Tsurugajô, or "Crane Castle".

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B71397 (71-397 on box)
Normally ¥2600 - special offer 15% off: ¥2210 (approx. US$20.65 €17.40 £16.01)
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Takeda castle remains
© Epoch
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Takeda castle remains - 1000 pieces

Although only ruins remain, Takeda Castle is impressive at any time — and the sea of clouds lend it a surreal quality.

It will be an interestingly different puzzle, with a lot of cloud at the bottom.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10744 (10-744 on box)
Normally ¥2500 - special offer 15% off: ¥2125 (approx. US$19.86 €16.73 £15.40)
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Peacock legend
© Takeuchi Hakuga

Peacock legend (Hakuga) - 1000 pieces

A total of three birds display their plumage in a florid setting. The peacock has been revered since ancient days in India, for its usefulness in eating poisonous snakes.

The artist was born in 1948, in Niigata. After working for a textile company, he went independent as a textile designer. He has his own individual drawing style, bringing a fresh approach to many traditional art themes.

He goes by his given name, Hakuga, in the traditional way, signing his paintings in a stylised, but non-cursive form.

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A Road puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: RS11268 (RS-11-268 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 10% off: ¥2700 (approx. US$25.23 €21.26 £19.57)
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Crested ibises
© Hakuga Takeuchi

Crested ibises (Hakuga) - 1000 pieces

These birds are the rare toki, or crested ibis, an iconic species within Japan, which was almost completely eliminated by excessive hunting over the 19th and 20th centuries, until only a small population remained in China. Efforts are now being made to rear chicks for releasing into the wild, and there is now a small colony on Sado Island in the Sea of Japan.

The artist was born in 1948, in Niigata. After working for a textile company, he went independent as a textile designer. He has his own individual drawing style, bringing a fresh approach to many traditional art themes.

He goes by his given name, Hakuga, in the traditional way, signing his paintings in a stylised, but non-cursive form.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10804 (1000-804 on box)
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White phoenix garden
© Hakuga Takeuchi

White phoenix garden (Hakuga) - 1000 pieces

A pair of white birds display their filigree plumage, amidst flowers representing the four seasons. The bird name hakuhō can be translated as "white phoenix", but its origin is unclear, perhaps from an ancient Chinese mythical bird, but also an unofficial era name around the time of Emperor Kōtoku (c. 650 AD; see the Wikipedia article on era names).

The artist was born in 1948, in Niigata. After working for a textile company, he went independent as a textile designer. He has his own individual drawing style, bringing a fresh approach to many traditional art themes.

He goes by his given name, Hakuga, in the traditional way, signing his paintings in a stylised, but non-cursive form.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10803 (1000-803 on box)
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Cherry blossom owl
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Cherry blossom owl (Kayomi) - 1000 pieces

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.

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

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11511 (11-511 on box)
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Lucky owls
© Izumi Kazumi

Lucky owls (Kazumi) - 1000 pieces

A happy family of owls, mother and three chicks. Not only are owls famed for wisdom, but these chicks are a bright golden colour, suggesting they will bring good fortune.

Izumi Kazumi is an animal artist who graduated from Osaka University fine arts department in 1984. Izumi is her family name.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10765 (1000-765 on box)
Normally ¥3600 - special offer 10% off: ¥3240 (approx. US$30.28 €25.51 £23.48)
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Flower profusion
© Yoda Sasuga

Flower profusion (Sasuga) - 1000 pieces

A classic composition of all the auspicious flowers you can think of, with a pair of faithful mandarin ducks, lucky white sparrows, and Mount Fuji in red to complete the set.

Few biographical details are available, but the artist fell in love with traditional Japanese painting at Tama Art University, and has been specialising in the birds-and-flowers and similar traditional themes ever since.

He signs and seals with his brush name Sasuga, which is written with the characters 'Flowing stone'.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: A10668 (1000-668 on box)
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The bird of good omen
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The bird of good omen - 1000 pieces

A gorgeous historical screen painting from the Kanō school (late Edo period, 18th or 19th century): a number of birds parade in surroundings of peonies and plum blossoms, with a backdrop of rather abstract mountain scenery.

This will not be an easy puzzle, given the considerable area of golden brown background, but it will surely be interestingly different.

Detail

Wikipedia article on the Kanō school

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A Road puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: RS11140 (RS-11-140 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 10% off: ¥2700 (approx. US$25.23 €21.26 £19.57)
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Itsukushima shrine
© Beverly
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Itsukushima shrine - 1000 pieces

The classic view of the Itsukushima shrine, looking out into the bay at the great torii. This Shinto ceremonial gateway was completed in 1875, and is unusual in being sited in the tidal part of the bay.

This is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan" - and since 1996 has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B51203 (51-203 on box)
Normally ¥2800 - special offer 5% off: ¥2660 (approx. US$24.86 €20.94 £19.28)
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Kinkakuji
© Beverly
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Kinkakuji - 1000 pieces

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Actually, "Gold pavilion" is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM81835 (M81-835 on box)
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Chusonji
© Motohashi Komei
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Chusonji - 1000 pieces

This temple in the north of Japan was originally founded by the monk Ennin, who hailed from Tochigi (home of the Imaginatorium) in around 794 AD. But this building, Konjikidō (lit. "gold-coloured hall", being decorated with gold leaf), was originally built in the 12th century and is now protected by a modern outer shell building which we see here, in its beautiful mountain setting.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11385 (11-385 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 5% off: ¥2850 (approx. US$26.64 €22.44 £20.65)
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Itsukushima shrine
© JTB Photo
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Itsukushima shrine - 1000 pieces

Registered since 1996 as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan", this is the great torii, or Shinto ceremonial gateway of Itsukushima shrine, submerged by the tide. This is actually a very unusual view, looking in from the sea, and emphasising the massive scale of the structure.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10776 (10-776 on box)
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Tōshōgu, Nikko
© Beverly
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Tōshōgu, Nikko - 1000 pieces

This spectacular entrance, Yōmeimon, is the central feature of this World Heritage site in Nikkō (Tochigi). The whole site is a Shinto shrine (Tōshōgu) built in the early 1600s to honour Tokugawa Ieyasu, the very first Shogun of the Tokugawa era. Since he was the most powerful man in Japan at the time, perhaps it is not so surprising that for a Shinto building this is unusually ornate.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM81856 (M81-856 on box)
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Myôman-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Kôdai-ji (Mizuno) - 1000 pieces

An unimaginable amount of effort goes into making the rocks in this garden look as though they got where they are naturally!

What does the name mean?
kô
high
dai
stand
ji
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10318 (1000-318 on box)
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Ginkaku-ji
© Epoch
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Ginkaku-ji - 1000 pieces

Built in 1482 by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this was intended to be the silver counterpart to the even more famous Kinkaku-ji ("Gold pavilion"), but somehow they never got round to putting the silver foil on, so it's just wood. The "Silver pavilion" is really a nickname, and officially the temple is called Tōzan-jishō-ji.

This tasteful photograph will be a nice challenge, yet not tedious because of the variations in tint and texture of the green pieces.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10739 (10-739 on box)
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Tōshōgu, Nikko
© Epoch
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Tōshōgu, Nikko - 1000 pieces

A view of the steps leading to the entrance, known as Yōmeimon, to the Shinto shrine of Tōshōgu. This very ornate Shinto shrine was built in the early 1600s to honour Tokugawa Ieyasu, the very first Shogun of the Tokugawa era, and the most powerful man in Japan at the time.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11442 (11-442 on box)
Normally ¥3000 - special offer 5% off: ¥2850 (approx. US$26.64 €22.44 £20.65)
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Ginkaku-ji
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Ginkaku-ji (Mizuno) - 1000 pieces

Built in 1482 by Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, this was intended to be the silver counterpart to the even more famous Kinkaku-ji ("Gold pavilion"), but somehow they never got round to putting the silver foil on, so it's just wood. The "Silver pavilion" is really a nickname, and officially the temple is called Tôzan-jishô-ji.

What does the name mean?
gin
silver
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

This temple is very famous: just do a Google search for 'ginkakuji' to find out lots more about it.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10334 (1000-334 on box)
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Hônen-in
© Mizuno Katsuhiko
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Hônen-in (Mizuno) - 1000 pieces

This temple was built in the Edo period (roughly 1600-1850) to honour Hônen, who was a much earlier Buddhist teacher. This is the central court, the "yard" of the temple head (not quite literally a yard, but hôjô, a square of side ten Japanese feet); the bridge over the pond symbolises the interval between "this world" and "the other world". The rooms we see feature some spectacular screen paintings, and are sometimes used as a venue for concerts.

What does the name mean?
hô
law
nen
thus
in
temple

Sorry: the gloss is rather mysterious, but after all, it is a personal name.

Born in Kyoto in 1941, Mizuno Katsuhiko earned a degree in literature from Doshisha University in 1964. Since 1969 he has worked as a freelance photographer, in a lifelong quest to capture the essence of Japanese tradition in his native city, and resulting in publication of some one hundred books of his photographs.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: A10315 (1000-315 on box)
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Kirishima shrine
© Epoch
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Kirishima shrine - 1000 pieces

Restrained, yet shapely, this large Shinto shrine complex nestles in graceful woods. Its full title is Kirishima-jingû, indicating a more important location than the usual -jinja, and indeed this site holds a number of national treasures.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10725 (10-725 on box)
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759 pieces

Ninna-ji temple
© Epoch
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Ninna-ji temple - 759 pieces

This temple is famed for its collection of 200 or so cherry trees, here seen in full bloom. Originally founded in 888, most of the buildings in the Ninna-ji precinct date from the seventeenth century.

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An Epoch puzzle: 759 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E57503 (57-503 on box)
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600 pieces

Himeji Castle with azaleas
© Apollo
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Himeji Castle with azaleas - 600 pieces

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle." Birdlike or not, here it is nicely offset by the banks of azaleas in the foreground.

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An Apollo puzzle: 600 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47201 (47-201 on box)
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500 pieces

Scenes from Frozen
© Disney

Scenes from Frozen (Disney) - 500 pieces

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A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 22 x 17 cm (9" x 7")
Code: Y41111 (41-111 on box)
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Osaka castle
© Yanoman
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Osaka castle - 500 pieces

Restoration of the main tower of Osaka castle was finally completed in 1997. Though made of concrete, it is a faithful reproduction of the original.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 22 x 17 cm (9" x 7")
Code: Y4110 (41-10 on box)
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Lucky owls
© Toyama Hiroko

Lucky owls (Toyama) - 500 pieces

A pair of jolly owls, traditional symbols of wisdom, and good luck. The stylised golden stripes represent clouds, intertwined with cherry blossom, while Mount Fuji and the moon complete the background.

Born in Miyagi, northern Japan in 1984, Toyama Hiroko (Toyama is her family name) specialises in birds and flowers, bringing a modern touch along with many traditional stylisations. Toyama is her family name.

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E06075 (06-075 on box)
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450 pieces

Red Fuji
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Red Fuji - 450 pieces

A spectacular aerial view of the rare but genuine meteorological phenomenon whereby at dawn or sunset the whole side of the mountain appears to glow red.

As Mount Olympus was the home of the Greek gods, so Mt. Fuji (3776 metres above sea level) has its place as the symbol of Japan. Although most popular tourist pictures show the view from the south, with the bullet train passing below the mountain, the best views are from the north and east sides.

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An Apollo puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P46201 (46-201 on box)
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300 pieces

Belle and the red rose
© Disney

Belle and the red rose (Disney) - 300 pieces

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A Yanoman puzzle: 300 pieces; 17 x 22 cm (7" x 9")
Code: Y4239 (42-39 on box)
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Beauty and the Beast
© Disney

Beauty and the Beast (Disney) - 300 pieces

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Code: Y4238 (42-38 on box)
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Himeji Castle
© Epoch
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Himeji Castle with azaleas - 300 pieces

Famous as the best-preserved example of Japanese castle building, the historical origins of Himeji castle are said to date back to the building of a fort in 1333. From a supposed resemblance to the outstretched wings of a bird, it is also known as "White Heron Castle." Birdlike or not, here it is nicely offset by the banks of azaleas in the foreground.

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Code: E25083 (25-083S on box)
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Seiganto temple and Nachi falls
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Seiganto temple and Nachi falls - 300 pieces

Near the southern tip of the Kii peninsula below Kyoto, this pagoda, just part of the temple complex, enjoys a commanding view of the impressive Nachi falls. Although the falls are actually across a valley, a suitable viewpoint brings them into the same picture.

This beautiful photograph has a lot of background forest and cliffs, but the touches of mist will probably make them slightly easier rather than harder.

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An Apollo puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P48703 (48-703 on box)
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Itsukushima shrine
© Epoch
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Itsukushima shrine - 300 pieces

The classic view of the Itsukushima shrine, looking out into the bay at the great torii. This Shinto ceremonial gateway was completed in 1875, and is unusual in being sited in the tidal part of the bay.

This is famous as one of the traditional "Three sights of Japan" - and since 1996 has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Code: E26054 (26-054 on box)
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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara
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Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara - 300 pieces

The impressive entrance to one of the historical treasures makes a particularly nice picture for a puzzle: the varying textures and repeating patterns provide fascination, particularly the row of bronze lanterns. As is the tradition in Japan, wooden buildings are rebuilt regularly, preserving their beauty...

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Code: P48719 (48-719 on box)
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Heian shrine cherry blossom
© Apollo-sha
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Heian shrine cherry blossom - 300 pieces

A classic view of the Kihin-kan ("guest residence") in the gardens of the Heian shrine in Kyoto. This site was built relatively recently, in 1895, on the site of the Emperor's palace in Kyoto, commemorating 1100 years since the capital moved there from Nara.

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Code: P48641 (48-641 on box)
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150 pieces

Just like me!
© Eiko Kadono / Nibariki

Just like me! (Ghibli) - 150 pieces

Jiji is Kiki's feline assistant...

Founded by Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, Studio Ghibli is an animation film studio which has produced a string of internationally acclaimed full-length feature animations. We also include Miyazaki's earlier work, films such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, produced by the forerunner company Topcraft.

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An Artbox puzzle: 150 pieces; 15 x 10 cm (6" x 4")
Code: N150G49 (150-G49 on box)
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Proudly Jiji
© Eiko Kadono / Nibariki

Proudly Jiji (Ghibli) - 150 pieces

Kiki's assistant stands tall!

Founded by Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, Studio Ghibli is an animation film studio which has produced a string of internationally acclaimed full-length feature animations. We also include Miyazaki's earlier work, films such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, produced by the forerunner company Topcraft.

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An Artbox puzzle: 150 pieces; 10 x 15 cm (4" x 6")
Code: N150G47 (150-G47 on box)
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Jiji and Lily
© Eiko Kadono / Nibariki

Jiji and Lily (Ghibli) - 150 pieces

The contented couple...

Founded by Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, Studio Ghibli is an animation film studio which has produced a string of internationally acclaimed full-length feature animations. We also include Miyazaki's earlier work, films such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, produced by the forerunner company Topcraft.

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Code: N150G48 (150-G48 on box)
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126 pieces

Injection shot
© Eiichiro Oda

Injection shot - 126 pieces

The latest weapon for Trafalgar Law, the "Surgeon of Death"...

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An Artbox puzzle: 126 pieces; 10 x 15 cm (4" x 6")
Code: N12AC32 (126-AC32 on box)
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Dragon claws
© Eiichiro Oda

Dragon claws - 126 pieces

Sabo, sworn brother to Luffy and Ace, has dragon claws to back up his powers of fire...

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Code: N12AC33 (126-AC33 on box)
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108 pieces

Hello Kitty kabuki snow princess
© Sanrio

Hello Kitty kabuki snow princess - 108 pieces

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A Beverly puzzle: 108 pieces; 10 x 15 cm (4" x 6")
Code: BM108182 (M108-182 on box)
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Hello Kitty kabuki Shizuka Gozen
© Sanrio

Hello Kitty kabuki Shizuka Gozen - 108 pieces

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A Beverly puzzle: 108 pieces; 10 x 15 cm (4" x 6")
Code: BM108181 (M108-181 on box)
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