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Smiling Jizou
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

2542: Smiling Jizo (Kuroiwa)

The six figures of Jizô here look very happy indeed, surrounded by equally happy-looking sunflowers. Here's my translation of the poem:

Akarui / egao wa / shiawase-gokoro wo / sodatemasu
A bright smile - makes for a happy heart

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued 2016
An Epoch puzzle: 2542 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E75015 (75-015 on box)
Retail price ¥3500

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