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Jolly pictures on traditional themes by Hajime Okamoto

— who's particularly fond of cats!

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Animal zodiac
© Hajime Okamoto

1000: Animal zodiac

All twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac are here, but not in a neat row or circle, just each doing its own thing — from the sheep peacefully resting to the mice devouring a corn cob.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61409 (61-409 on package)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$28.57 €26.32 £23.44)
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Lucky treasure boat
© Hajime Okamoto

1000: Lucky treasure boat

A very traditional theme: the seven gods arrive in their lucky boat — the big character on the sail means "Treasure". As well as the red Mount Fuji in the background, there are many auspicious symbols waiting for them: the hawk and eggplant, the turtle, the pine, the plum blossom. Okamoto does all this in his inimitable jolly style, and has written a caption:

Lucky, Happy, All smiles, Treasure boat

(This is not standard Japanese, but Kansai dialect.)

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Discontinued August 2019
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61408 (61-408 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

Hajime Okamoto

Born in Osaka in 1942, Hajime Okamoto is an artist with a distinctive and very jolly style, who specialises in cats — particularly the beckoning bringers of good fortune. As part of a cultural exchange programme, in 1986 he spent time in Jilin, north-east China, studying seal-making and calligraphy.

He signs his paintings with a seal, and a stylised form of his name in Roman letters (with his family name last).

Deleted puzzles

For reference: you can view all the Okamoto puzzles that are out of print in the Attic.