Imaginatorium Shop
Discount: 10% off all puzzle orders!

(Note: discount may not apply to frames and other special items.)

Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

Titles in stock:
Around 2500 by special order

Welcome to the Imaginatorium Shop, now in our twelfth year!

From our base in Japan (here!), we send jigsaw puzzles anywhere in the world. Most of the hundreds of puzzles we have in stock feature oriental themes, but the high quality of Japanese-made puzzles (exquisite printing, really solid card stock, and clean cutting) also makes "reverse imports" highly desirable — puzzles of Peanuts, Disney, and lots of other Western characters popular in Japan. In general, if a puzzle is available in Japan, we can get it for you within a week or so - see the special orders page.


We have had many questions recently from customers about delayed delivery: basically the New Year is the biggest interruption to service in the year. I ordered some music scores from in the USA back in November, and was beginning to wonder: "Where are they?" A couple of days ago, plop! through the letterbox, taking very nearly two months for what is probably the equivalent of SAL. So please be patient, and surely most of these problems will be resolved very soon. Thanks!

Puzzle of the month for April 2014


Philosopher's walk - 1518 panorama

Feature of the month for April: Larger cherry blossom puzzles

When anything up to half of the puzzle area is just cherry blossom, you have a challenge on your hands. Good luck!

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Extra discount of 15% off all cherry blossom puzzles of above 1000 pieces, in addition to the standard 10% at the checkout.

Still more puzzles in the Jumbo bargain sale at least 50% off... and still we'll be adding more from our collection of puzzles, usually returned from worldwide travel, with dented boxes. Full list of other special offers). (All special offers subject to current stock availability)

2014 — Year of the Horse

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Latest additions

Enchanting pictures of innocence by Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974)

More chigiri-e (literally "torn paper") pictures from Yamashita Kiyoshi ...

"Art with words" ...Japanese tradition does not honour the rather artificial division between words and art, and these contemporary artists bridge this divide.

Just silly fun! Beverly keeps bringing out new ideas — here are some different puzzles, only 300 pieces, but they will make an interesting challenge!

New page for animal artists...

Latest Ghibli animations

New page: Dragon Ball Z anime...

Latest Hello Kitty puzzles...

New page Cartoons, collecting different artists in this genre

And more...


Brian Chandler


But first... seen on the web

Attempt at world record puzzle ...goes wrong. (From the Guardian)

Looking at the box

To me, part of the fun of doing a puzzle is not looking at the box. I remember many years ago, persuading my Mum to take the puzzle out of the box, and give me the bag of pieces as a Christmas present. (I also don't start from the edge pieces, but that's a different story.)

Apollo "Part picture puzzle"
All puzzles like this

Epoch (together with its new subsidiary Apollo) has been generating one new puzzle "feature" after another in the last few years... smaller and smaller pieces, combination puzzles, double-sided, and more. But you will see why some of the latest ideas leave me rather bemused, because unless you look at the box, they make no difference at all!

"Find the mistake"
All puzzles like this

The first picture on the right shows a "Part picture" puzzle, in which the box only shows a part of the whole image. This will definitely add something to the difficulty if you are used to doing everything against the box. On the left is a new version of a Haruyo best-seller, this time with a subtle difference between the box and the puzzle. Well, the Japanese says 間違い探し, which is how you say "Look for the mistake!" but also how you say "Look for the mistakes!" I can only find one difference in Haruyo's Scarlet, but who knows, you might find two or more.

"Mirror picture"
All puzzles like this

Finally, the Nishino tigers on the right appear reflected in a mirror. So if you do the puzzle while comparing with the box, there will be some extra mental gymnastics to match things up. Note that all three of these puzzles are either currently available or have been in the past in standard puzzle versions, so (no more help but) if you hunt through the website you can find the completed pictures.

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About ordering

The details under each puzzle show the price, with approximate equivalents in US dollars, euros, and pounds sterling. Click "Buy this puzzle" to go straight to the checkout with a single puzzle, or "Add to basket" to carry on shopping. At the checkout, you can select the shipping method, then choose how you are going to buy the puzzle(s). If you have any questions or problems, just use the forms provided to ask, and we'll get back to you. Once we receive confirmation of a payment, we aim to despatch puzzles by the next working day.

PayPal (verified member) You do not need to create a PayPal account in order to make a payment; the total is in yen, but you will be charged in your 'home currency', and you will be able to check the final amount before confirming payment.

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You can pay by major credit card, eCheck in the US,
and bank transfer in many countries.

As you can see in the pile of puzzles on the left, most of the writing on the box is in Japanese, so we also include printed details with each shipment. Click these thumbnails for descriptions...

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