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


Someone asked if I could translate the words on the puzzle on the right, so here we are. This is this year's pun: it is the year of the horse (uma)...


Since this is written vertically (as almost all traditional writing is), read the columns from right to left, numbered 1 to 8.

4馬九行くuma-ku-iku(nine horses go)
5うまくいく。umaku iku.goes well.
6笑顔満開Egao mankaiBig wide smile...
7しあわせ街道shiawase kaidōhappy road...
8まっしぐら。masshigura.full speed ahead!

Well, no-one said translating poetry is easy! It is very hard to convey the warmth of words, as opposed to their superficial meaning. But anyway, see how lines 3 and 4 repeat the uma-ku-iku pun to make sure no-one misses it: "Horse-nine-go / well (umaku) - go."

We are increasing the range of puzzles like this: collected together on this page: Art with words. I will always try to add some explanation, but I'm afraid it not always possible to provide a neat and complete translation. Remember that you can find out an amazing amount from Wiktionary — just paste Japanese words into the box, and with luck you will get an English explanation.

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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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