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Starry evening
© Kagaya

500: Starry evening (Kagaya)

"To gaze in wonderment at the starlit sky..."

From the verandah of a tatami room, a young girl with a fan gazes out at the rather fantastic cloud formations of an evening sky. The mosquito coil burning in the foreground reminds us she is enjoying the respite from the heat of the day.

Born in Saitama (just north of Tokyo) in 1968, Kagaya spent his childhood in wonderment of the stars in the sky, and never stopped painting them. He has had a successful career as an illustrator for astronomical books and magazines, and many of his works have been turned into jigsaw puzzles, among other products. Since 1996, he has worked exclusively in the digital medium, using a Macintosh. Perhaps that is why he does not appear to sign his pictures.

He goes by his family name; his given name appears to be Yutaka, but in English you will also find him called Joh Kagaya (Jô is the Chinese reading of his name).

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: Y05810 (05-810 on box)
Retail price ¥2200

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