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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

Scroll puzzles

There is a rich tradition in Japan, as well as other parts of east Asia, of scroll paintings: vertical hanging pictures, which can be rolled up for storage. And now we have a selection of puzzles in this format! The usual format for a puzzle is either landscape or portrait, with the sides in the ratio of 3:2 or thereabouts; there have always been some panorama puzzles with an aspect ratio around 3:1, but very few in the vertical aspect. (And it was a struggle to think of a more appropriate name than "vertical panorama"!)

Lily beauty
© Haruyo

1518: Lily beauty (Haruyo)

Against a subdued background, Haruyo portrays a figure in a floral patterned kimono in rich colours. The model holds a single lily bloom, but there are more at her feet. These lilies are common in Japan, and are called yuri.

This puzzle can be combined with the Wisteria puzzle (code E18017) to make a 3000+ piece panel.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Not available
Discontinued April 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 1518 pieces; 34 x 102 cm (13" x 40")
Code: E18018 (18-018 on box)
Retail price ¥3000
Sunset waltz (Beauty and the Beast)
© Disney

456: Sunset waltz (Beauty and the Beast) (Gonzalez)

In front of the classic Disney castle...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

* Crystal puzzle - made from translucent plastic, for a stained glass effect.

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A Tenyo puzzle: 456 pieces; 19 x 56 cm (7" x 22")
Code: TDSG04709 (DSG-456-709 on box)
Retail price ¥2200 (approx. US$20.37 €18.64 £15.71)
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Venetian romance
© Disney

456: Venetian romance (Coleman)

Goofy, gondolier, pilots Mickey and Minnie through the atmospheric canals of Venice...

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

* Crystal puzzle - made from translucent plastic, for a stained glass effect.

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A Tenyo puzzle: 456 pieces; 19 x 56 cm (7" x 22")
Code: TDSG04711 (DSG-456-711 on box)
Retail price ¥2200 (approx. US$20.37 €18.64 £15.71)
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Crane and turtle
© Haruyo

420: Crane and turtle (Haruyo)

This "scroll" puzzle combines the separate "crane" and "turtle" figures in this series with a background of plum blossoms.

The crane and turtle are both traditional auspicious symbols of happiness and longevity. It is said that if a crane lives to be 1000, a turtle lives to be 10,000.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52130 (52-130 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.67 €15.25 £12.86)
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Oborozuki
© Haruyo

420: Oborozuki (Haruyo)

The title is somewhat difficult to translate: "the (spring) moon, shrouded in haze," a common motif in both art and song. Haruyo has placed the moon right at the top right corner, and given her model a striking diagonal pose. (Incidentally leaving quite a large plain area for a puzzle!) Although the colours here are restrained, the courtesan holds her outer robe to give us a good view of the picture on it - a crane, over woods and waves.

This is a new, "scroll" version of a puzzle from many years back, so the "blank area" has moved to the top.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52131 (52-131 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.67 €15.25 £12.86)
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Spring

420: Spring (Mucha)

From the set of four "Seasons" paintings, this is Mucha's interpretation of Spring as a female figure in the flowing and elegant style for which he is famous.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52708 (52-708 on box)
Retail price ¥1500 (approx. US$13.89 €12.71 £10.71)
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Dragon gorge
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

420: Dragon gorge (Kayomi)

Where do dragons come from? There is a gorge called Longmen ("Dragon-gate") on the Yellow River that flows so fast it is said that any carp that managed to swim up it will turn itself into a dragon, the King of the scaly beasts.

This picture is ideally suited to the traditional vertical format. Two carp leap upward, while a confident dragon shows his mettle at the top. This seemingly impossible climb is used as a metaphor for achievement in the world—and there is further good fortune indicated by the combination of pine and carp. (More wordplay: this can be read shôri, which with different characters means "victory".)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52138 (52-138 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.67 €15.25 £12.86)
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Kyoto temples
© Epoch
Position map

420: Nara temples

A striking dawn view of the twin pagodas of Yakushi-ji, one of the historic temples of Nara, capital of Japan from 710 to 784.

Wikipedia article

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52135 (52-135 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.67 €15.25 £12.86)
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Silver tiger
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

420: Silver tiger (Kayomi)

The silver tiger takes an aggressive stance under the silvery moon...

This puzzle forms a pair with E52109, the Golden Tiger.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Not available
Discontinued May 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52110 (52-110 on box)
Retail price ¥1800
Artists' alley
© Teppei Sasakura/Art Terrace

420: Artists' alley (Teppei)

This quaint little alley is in the mediaeval town of St. Paul de Vence, in the south of France, which has become a hideaway for artists and art enthusiasts.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52512 (52-512 on box)
Retail price ¥2200 (approx. US$20.37 €18.64 £15.71)
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Getreidegasse
© Teppei Sasakura/Art Terrace

420: Getreidegasse (Teppei)

A view along the busy shopping street in the old part of Salzburg, Austria. Mozart was born at number 9, Getreidegasse.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52511 (52-511 on box)
Retail price ¥2200 (approx. US$20.37 €18.64 £15.71)
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Tokyo tower lit up
© Epoch
Position map

420: Tokyo tower lit up

Tokyo Tower at night. At 333 m tall the tower, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2008, dominates the skyline.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 18 x 52 cm (7" x 20")
Code: E52105 (52-105 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.67 €15.25 £12.86)
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