Imaginatorium Shop

Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

Titles in stock:
Around 2500 by special order

Welcome to the Imaginatorium Shop, now in our sixteenth 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.

Puzzle of the month for
October 2019


Kimono artist (detail)

Feature of the month for October: Haruyo

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October's puzzle of the month features a kimono beauty from artist Morita Haruyo. A special 10% discount off all of her puzzles during this month.

(All special offers subject to current stock availability)

Calendar puzzles for 2020


2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac

And a new collection of all twelve animals...

Latest additions

Latest Thomas Kincade idyllic paintings...

Latest Peanuts!

More 300 piece puzzles: Kiki's Delivery Service

Latest Totoro puzzles in 300 pieces...

More fantasy from Beverly - and a new 600-piece size...

And more...


Brian Chandler


The biggest typhoon for sixty years struck eastern Japan on Saturday, 12 October, and caused huge amounts of flooding. Compared with typhoon Ida in 1958, the country is vastly more prepared with flood defences, so the casualty figures are under 10 percent of those in 1958. But Sano was in the news, because the local river, Akiyamagawa, just minutes away from our house, was one place where the bank gave way, causing significant flooding just downriver from us. The amount of rainfall here did not feel exceptional, but the catchment area up in the mountains is where the fiercest storm was.

We are on the slightly higher side of the river, and were completely unaffected by flooding. This was an isolated incident, but in the mountains of central Japan the flooding is bad, particularly on Chikumagawa, the name given to the upper reaches of Shinanogawa, which is the longest river in Japan.

Our sympathies go to all who have lost family and friends, and our commiseration to those left with the very unpleasant job of clearing up a house that has been inundated.

—Recent news (September)—

Some things never change,... but others do. Imaginatorium Shop has now been operating for seventeen years, and very little has changed in the puzzle brands that we sell. Just one, the "Road" brand, disappeared in 2017, and the Apollo company was aborbed by Epoch. The Apollo brand is being phased out for full-size puzzles but is still used for children's puzzles and other toys.

But one of the brands has a long-term split personality. This is the Artbox range of puzzles, produced from 1986 by the Amada printing company. While retaining the Artbox name, it adopted a separate name, "Ensky", for the separate puzzle marketing company. But then the Ensky name is also used for a range of other items featuring characters from Ghibli animations. In fact the company produces two regular print catalogs, one for Ghibli products, and a separate one for all other puzzles. For a long time we just kept the Artbox name for simplicity, but increasingly you will see "Artbox/Ensky".

There are other variations in names. Obviously, all of the original titles almost all of the puzzle titles, names of series, and so on are in Japanese (and those that are intended to be in English are not always very natural!) and so I have to decide what we should call them. One interesting example is the Beverly series I have called "Torture": most of these are absolutely blank puzzles, of up to 2000 pieces – and we have sold an amazing number of these! The original titles use the word jigoku (地獄), which refers to "hell" in various religious traditions, principally Buddhism; there is a Wikipedia article about this under its original Sanscrit name of Naraka. I felt that the tone of "hell" is just a bit severe, and "torture" seemed more appropriate. Incidentally, all sorts of names from Buddhism pop up in puzzles, and I have had to learn my way round the Sanskrit and Chinese versions, because generally the original names before passing through Chinese are better known in English: Avalokiteshvara who became Kannon in Japanese, for example.

Last but not least: no, Imaginatorium Shop is not changing its name! But we will soon be moving to a new domain name, The shop started as a corner of my personal website (The Imaginatorium, somewhat neglected), and it is time for independence. Updates coming soon...!

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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.

Credit cardseChecks
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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The Shop is only part of my website, the Imaginatorium - I hope you will have time to explore some of the other pages!