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On this page: 1000 tiny pieces: Hokusai - 1000 tiny pieces: Disney - 1000 tiny pieces: Beverly scenic - 1000 tiny pieces with magnifying glass - 1053 tiny pieces: Apollo

Separate page for: Yanoman postcard size: 204 tiny pieces

From around 2006, the Japanese puzzle manufacturers have been engaged in a battle for the "smallest". Starting with puzzles of one-and-a-half to two times as many pieces in the standard dimensions, these were merely small (and Japanese puzzles are typically 10% or so larger in area than European or North American puzzles of the same piece count). Then Tenyo produced a "World Smallest 1000-piece" series*, earning a place at Guinness World Records, shortly to be overtaken by Beverly, with 1000-piece puzzles at 300-piece size. These tiny pieces are not for the faint of heart, and you will need patience, delicate fingers, and very good eyesight!

Update April 2013 ...and now from Apollo, 1053 pieces (at the same 300-piece size)!

* A3 size: two sheets of A4, or very roughly two sheets of "Letter" size if you're in the US.

Meanwhile, the latest from Yanoman is a series of postcard-sized 200-piece puzzles - these don't claim to break any records, but the pieces are even tinier, and the set includes a pair of plastic tweezers for those with blunt fingers. (See separate page)

Hokusai ghost pictures - 1000 tiny pieces

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Katsushika Hokusai

The artist Katsushika Hokusai is best known for his series of 36 views of Mount Fuji, in the bold and simple style of the Ukiyo-e (or "floating world") style. He changed his name several times, so this is only the best-known of his brush names; as is the tradition, Hokusai is his given name (a fact that has plainly confused at least one art reference book).

Disney puzzles - 1000 tiny pieces

Disney character world
© Disney

1000: Disney character world

Mickey and friends in the central circle are surrounded by all the Disney characters through the ages...

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 42 x 30 cm (17" x 12")
Code: TDW10260 (DW-1000-260 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$18.87 €15.63 £13.79)
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Mickey's Magic Shop
© Disney

1000: Mickey's Magic Shop

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 42 x 30 cm (17" x 12")
Code: TDW10259 (DW-1000-259 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$18.87 €15.63 £13.79)
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Twilight toyshop
© Disney

1000: Twilight toyshop

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

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 42 x 30 cm (17" x 12")
Code: TDW10406 (DW-1000-406 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$18.87 €15.63 £13.79)
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Minnie's flower shop
© Disney

1000: Minnie's flower shop

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A Tenyo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 42 x 30 cm (17" x 12")
Code: TDW10393 (DW-1000-393 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$18.87 €15.63 £13.79)
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Beverly scenic - 1000 tiny pieces

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Beverly art puzzles including magnifying glass - 1000 tiny pieces

These are all very intricate designs — mandalas, full of tiny figures, Naoki Tanaka's "Sights" series (more tiny figures!), and mosaic puzzles made from upwards of one thousand tiny images...

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Apollo - 1053 tiny pieces

Kenrokuen
© Apollo
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1053: Kenrokuen

This very famous garden dates back to the 17th century; beyond the foreground of irises we see the distinctive arch-based stone lantern that is its symbol.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47606 (47-606 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.98 €14.06 £12.41)
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Primrose and feather

1053: Primrose and feather

These two beauties hold a flower and a feather in typical Mucha style.

On this puzzle the flower is referred to as a "primrose," a translation of the original French, but it appears to refer to the cluster-headed primrose (Primula veris) which grows across Europe, and is known in England as "cowslip" - not to be confused with the different plant (Marsh marigold) called a "cowslip" in the USA. Even so, the colour (at least in this print) is a deep reddish hue, quite unlike a delicate primrose yellow.

Born in Moravia in 1860, Mucha moved to Paris where he became a leading figure in the art nouveau movement that heralded the turn of the 20th century. His name was originally Alfons, but in French and English it is often written Alphonse.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: P47608 (47-608 on box)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$16.98 €14.06 £12.41)
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Birth of Venus

1053: Birth of Venus

The goddess of love emerges — fully adult — from the sea on a giant clamshell...

Sandro Botticelli, 1445 - 1510, renowned Italian Renaissance painter.

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Not available
Discontinued August 2018
An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P49617 (49-617 on box)
Retail price ¥2100
Red Fuji
Position map

1053: Red Fuji

Properly known as "Mt. Fuji in clear weather," this is number two in the famous series of thirty-six views by Hokusai.

The artist Katsushika Hokusai is best known for his series of 36 views of Mount Fuji, in the bold and simple style of the Ukiyo-e (or "floating world") style. He changed his name several times, so this is only the best-known of his brush names; as is the tradition, Hokusai is his given name (a fact that has plainly confused at least one art reference book).

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Not available
Discontinued September 2018
An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47521 (47-521 on box)
Retail price ¥1600
The four protector-gods
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

1053: The four protector-gods

The four gods, the white tiger and blue dragon to west and east, Genbu the entwined snake/turtle to the north, and a splendidly flamboyant Suzaku (the red bird) occupying the foreground. All this in Kayomi's distinctive warm tones making a rich and impressive picture.

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P49701 (49-701 on box)
Retail price ¥2300 (approx. US$21.70 €17.97 £15.86)
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Azumino
© Apollo
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1053: Azumino

An idyllic rural scene high in the Northern Alps. But this particular view is very well known, because the water mill was featured in Yume (Dream), the film by Kurosawa Akira.

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* This puzzle has the same image printed on both sides.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P49402 (49-402 on box)
Retail price ¥2200 (approx. US$20.75 €17.19 £15.17)
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Gokayama irises
© Apollo
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1053: Gokayama irises

Irises line the paddy fields in this preserved village of the traditional mountain houses, high above Toyama.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P49614 (49-614 on box)
Retail price ¥2100 (approx. US$19.81 €16.41 £14.48)
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Precious love II
© Christian Riese Lassen

1053: Precious love II

Born in 1959, Lassen moved with his family to the Hawaiian island of Maui while still a child. Growing up with the sea, he became an accomplished swimmer, surfer and windsurfer, and his paintings reflect this love of the marine world.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47801 (47-801 on box)
Retail price ¥2300 (approx. US$21.70 €17.97 £15.86)
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Animal paradise
© Satoshi Kusuda

1053: Animal paradise

Born in Kumamoto, in southern Japan, Satoshi Kusuda has worked in a wide range of media, from oils to water colour, and photocollage to digital painting, producing both commercial items such as CD covers and works of fantasy art.

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An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47711 (47-711 on box)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$18.87 €15.63 £13.79)
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Primavera

1053: Primavera

Or the Allegory of Spring, one of Botticelli's most famous paintings...

Sandro Botticelli, 1445 - 1510, renowned Italian Renaissance painter.

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In stock
An Apollo puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: P47517 (47-517 on box)
Retail price ¥1600 (approx. US$15.09 €12.50 £11.03)
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Yanoman postcard size - 204 tiny pieces

With pieces even smaller than the 1000-piece puzzles on this page, these 204-piece puzzles present a real challenge. The range includes Ukiyo-e prints, Tokyo scenes, Hello Kitty character vignettes, and classics of Western art - see the whole collection

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