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Moon and rabbit
© Haruyo

1000: Moon and rabbit (Haruyo)

A classic Haruyo design: a vividly decorated kimono, against a subdued, but patterned, background.

The original title Tsuki-usagi simply concatenates the words for "moon" and "rabbit", and these are the most prominent emblems in the design. The connection may not be obvious, but in Japanese tradition, in place of a Man in the Moon, there is said to be a rabbit, beating glutinous rice...


The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11362 (11-362 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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