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First cherry of spring
© Nakajima Chinami
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1000: Miharu weeping cherry (Chinami)

A portrayal of the famous weeping cherry in Miharu, in northern Japan. This enormous tree is said to be at least 1000 years old. The town of Miharu (lit. "three springs") is said to be derived from the local simultaneous blossoming of plum, peach, and cherry trees.

Chinami's painting makes a gorgeous work of art, and as a puzzle it presents a formidable challenge.

Born in 1945 in Nagano, in the mountains of central Japan, Nakajima Chinami is a successful painter and illustrator.

He signs his paintings with his given (brush?) name Chinami, sometimes together with a fanciful seal - perhaps representing his whole name, which could be poetically rendered "Middle-island of the thousand waves."

* This puzzle is cut to make pieces harder to find.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11312 (11-312 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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