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Paean to perfection
© Azuma Seikan

1000: Paean to perfection (Seikan)

A very jolly rendering of all things auspicious...

  1. Fujin, Raijin, the gods of wind and lightning
  2. The pine - bamboo - plum triad
  3. Deer (there's a play on words here, somewhere)
  4. The crane and turtle pair
  5. Horai, the Isle of Eternal Youth (?)
  6. The Phoenix
  7. Treasure, both seen and unseen
  8. The seven gods of fortune
  9. Nine horses
  10. One Fuji, two hawks, three aubergines (eggplants) - said to be the best possible New Year dream

This is another interpretation of the tradional jûzen (ten goodnesses), and despite some mystical counting (I can only see one hawk), a wonderful collection!


Born in 1936, in Saitama (north of Tokyo), the artist Azuma Seikan studied illustration in Japan, and later graphic design in the US; he has had a varied career, including awards for kimono design, and in 1986 also being honoured to create a scroll painting given by then Prime Minister Nakasone to Princess Diana.

He signs his work traditionally, with the characters of his given name and a seal of his full name.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11065 (11-065 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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