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Fuji from Nihondaira
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1000: Fuji from Nihondaira (Yamashita)

Yamashita's vivid impression of Mount Fuji, seen from Nihondaira, on the coast to the south-west. We see the town bordering the long wiggly inlet of the sea, while Fuji towers in the distance.

Note that the white border is part of the puzzle image.

Born in 1922 in Tokyo, Yamashita had a troubled childhood: - after a bullying incident at school involving a knife, he was classified as mentally handicapped, and placed in an institution. His genius for creating harie (pasted paper pictures) was soon realised, though, and eventually he featured in many exhibitions across Japan. He remained an eccentric, though, and from 1940 to 1954 he wandered the country wearing only an undershirt (it is said), earning himself the moniker of "The naked artist wanderer". He died in 1971 at the early age of 49.

His story has been dramatised a number of times, in the 1956 film known as "The naked general" and later television series.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11059 (11-059 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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