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Starry blossom
© Kagaya

500: Starry blossom (Kagaya)

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

This is from the Hoshi-biyori (starry sky) series. For a precious few days in the spring, the night sky is filled with fluttering cherry petals from rows of trees like this.

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: Y05820 (05-820 on box)
Retail price ¥2200

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