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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

The Attic

Deleted puzzles by artist Hajime Okamoto

This page shows puzzles that are no longer available, just for historical curiosity, and for completeness.

In some cases puzzles are reissued with a different code number: if you have the old code number from somewhere, this page should show you the replacement (which may still be available).

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Lucky luck cats!
© Hajime Okamoto

Lucky luck cats! (Okamoto)

A jovial collection of maneki neko, the cats that beckon good fortune — and presumably the more cats, the more fortune they can bring! Cats are a speciality of Okamoto's inimitable style, but they are also accompanied by a number of Daruma dolls and luck red snapper fish.

Born in Osaka in 1942, Hajime Okamoto is an artist with a distinctive and very jolly style, who specialises in cats — particularly the beckoning bringers of good fortune.

He signs his paintings with a seal, and a stylised form of his name in Roman letters (with his family name last).

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61302 (61-302 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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Lucky Daruma
© Hajime Okamoto

Lucky Daruma (Okamoto)

The popular good-luck doll, the Daruma, with lots of variations in typical Okamoto style, and a row of lucky cats (maneki-neko) for good measure. Although originally said to be based on a Buddhist monk called Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, this character has become a part of popular culture.

Wikipedia article on Daruma

Born in Osaka in 1942, Hajime Okamoto is an artist with a distinctive and very jolly style, who specialises in cats — particularly the beckoning bringers of good fortune.

He signs his paintings with a seal, and a stylised form of his name in Roman letters (with his family name last).

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61334 (61-334 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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Cat luck!
© Hajime Okamoto

Cat luck! (Okamoto)

Okamoto's favourite subject: seven lucky cats, bearing (symbolic!) treasure, with Mount Fuji in the background, and sho-chiku-bai, the auspicious combination of pine, bamboo and plum.

The legend reads (in free translation): "Lots of laughter brings good fortune"

Born in Osaka in 1942, Hajime Okamoto is an artist with a distinctive and very jolly style, who specialises in cats — particularly the beckoning bringers of good fortune.

He signs his paintings with a seal, and a stylised form of his name in Roman letters (with his family name last).

Permanently unavailable
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61335 (61-335 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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Lucky treasure boat
© Hajime Okamoto

Lucky treasure boat (Okamoto)

A very traditional theme: the seven gods arrive in their lucky boat — the big character on the sail means "Treasure". As well as the red Mount Fuji in the background, there are many auspicious symbols waiting for them: the hawk and eggplant, the turtle, the pine, the plum blossom. Okamoto does all this in his inimitable jolly style, and has written a caption:

Lucky, Happy, All smiles, Treasure boat

(This is not standard Japanese, but Kansai dialect.)

Born in Osaka in 1942, Hajime Okamoto is an artist with a distinctive and very jolly style, who specialises in cats — particularly the beckoning bringers of good fortune. As part of a cultural exchange programme, in 1986 he spent time in Jilin, north-east China, studying seal-making and calligraphy.

He signs his paintings with a seal, and a stylised form of his name in Roman letters (with his family name last).

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued August 2019
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61408 (61-408 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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Animal zodiac
© Hajime Okamoto

Animal zodiac (Okamoto)

All twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac are here, but not in a neat row or circle, just each doing its own thing — from the sheep peacefully resting to the mice devouring a corn cob.

Born in Osaka in 1942, Hajime Okamoto is an artist with a distinctive and very jolly style, who specialises in cats — particularly the beckoning bringers of good fortune. As part of a cultural exchange programme, in 1986 he spent time in Jilin, north-east China, studying seal-making and calligraphy.

He signs his paintings with a seal, and a stylised form of his name in Roman letters (with his family name last).

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued December 2020
A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61409 (61-409 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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