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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

The Attic

Deleted puzzles by artist Morita Toshitaka

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).

1500 pieces

Thatched cottage (Hiroshima)
© Morita Toshitaka
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Thatched cottage (Hiroshima) (Morita)

An idyllic scene in late spring: this thatched cottage, with its accompanying kura (storehouse) is reflected in a newly flooded paddy field, the scene completed by a cherry in full flower and a splendid set of koinobori (carp streamers for boys' day).

The house is preserved in Bihoku Park, in Shobara (Hiroshima Prefecture).

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Apollo puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: P15111 (15-111 on package)
Retail price ¥2600

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Mist on the cliffs (Kitayama)
© Morita Toshitaka
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Mist on the cliffs (Kitayama) (Morita)

Some of Japan's wildest and most beautiful scenery lies in the Rikuchu Coast National Park... Gnarled pines cling in gravity-defying poses on the rugged cliff, and the sun breaks through the morning mist to complete the impression of grandeur.

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Apollo puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: P15113 (15-113 on package)
Retail price ¥2600

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Sagano bamboo grove (Kyoto)
© Morita Toshitaka
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Sagano bamboo grove (Kyoto) (Morita)

A puzzler's puzzle! A path between neatly trimmed brushwood fences wends through this bamboo grove in Sagano, Kyoto. The puzzle is full of variations in tone, but still the mass of densely crowded bamboo trunks will take a lot of patience.

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Apollo puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: P15114 (15-114 on package)
Retail price ¥2600

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Silver birch avenue in Hokkaido
© Morita Toshitaka
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Silver birch avenue in Hokkaido (Morita)

The landscape of northern island of Hokkaido is very different from the rest of Japan—the climate is distinctly cooler, and even though the latitude is that of northern Italy, one is reminded of Scandinavia. This elegant avenue of silver birches is near the city of Kitami, close to the Sea of Okhotsk.

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

Permanently unavailable
An Apollo puzzle: 1500 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: P15117 (15-117 on package)
Retail price ¥2600

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Kyoto cherry blossom
© Morita Toshitaka
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Kyoto cherry blossom (Morita)

A quiet corner of the Gion area of Kyoto provides a splendid display of cherry blossoms, and plenty of contrasting textures in the details of the historic buildings.

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

Permanently unavailable
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E10729 (10-729 on package)
Retail price ¥2500

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Yonezawa Road - beech woods
© Morita Toshitaka
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Yonezawa Road - beech woods (Morita)

A remnant of the historical Yonezawa Road, over the mountains of northern Honshu. First opened around 1520, for nearly four centuries this way a major means of communication, until supplanted by the line of the modern road in the Meiji era. Never designed for wheeled traffic, these once-busy stones are now covered with moss, dappled with sunlight filtering through the beech leaves.

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Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

Permanently unavailable
An Apollo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: P10481 (10-481 on package)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kumano Old Road
© Morita Toshitaka
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Kumano Old Road (Morita)

A well-preserved old tea-house on this historic road - an old pilgrimage route through the mountains, which is now a World Heritage site. The open room on the right displays a tasteful foliage arrangement, and a couple of shapely gourds.

Detail

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

Permanently unavailable
An Apollo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: P10482 (10-482 on package)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kinkakuji
© Morita Toshitaka
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Kinkakuji (Morita)

Perhaps the most famous of Kyoto's temples, this is the "Gold pavilion." It was originally built in the 1300s, and given to the Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu in 1397, but was destroyed in an arson attack in 1950. Rebuilt in 1955, the gold leaf covering was only completely restored in 1987. Like the "Silver pavilion," this is only a nickname, and the formal temple name is Rokuonji.

What does the name mean?
kin
gold
kaku
pavilion
ji
temple
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Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

Permanently unavailable
An Apollo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: P10492 (10-492 on package)
Retail price ¥2500

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Kochi Castle
© Morita Toshitaka
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Kochi Castle (Morita)

A nicely angled view of the front gate (outemon) of Kochi Castle - seen in the background. This makes a splendid photograph for a puzzle, with the range of widely varying textures.

Detail

Wikipedia article on Kochi Castle

Born 1946 in Osaka, Morita set out as a freelance scenic photographer in 1975. He has had numerous collections of his work published in book form, as well as calendars and other media, and continues a punishing schedule, spending 200 days a year tramping the Japanese archipelago for material. (Morita is his family name.)

Permanently unavailable
An Apollo puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: P10495 (10-495 on package)
Retail price ¥2500

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Fuji floating
© Morita Toshitaka
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Fuji floating (Morita)

Cherry blossom and a (distant) view of Mt Fuji. This is taken from Izu Peninsula to the south, looking across the bay of Numazu. Just the snowcap floats mysteriously above the spring haze.

Permanently unavailable
A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y101015 (10-1015 on package)
Retail price ¥2500

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