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Firefly night
© Haruyo

1000: Firefly night (Haruyo)

Fireflies (hotaru) are a classic symbol of summer. Here the figure, wearing a kimono elaborately decorated with rabbits and tropical fish, holds a lantern, perhaps to attract the fireflies, while in the shadowy background a traditional bridge and temple building can just be seen.

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.

* The picture on the box has a number of "mistakes", slight differences from the puzzle.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E59010 (59-010 on box)
Retail price ¥3900

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