Jigsaw puzzles from Japan
Feature page for July 2016
Bridges are a traditional favourite topic for a jigsaw puzzle: the simple continuity of an arch or catenary makes a good "anchor" for doing the puzzle. This page features bridges across Japan, both ancient and modern, and also one or two from outside portrayed by Japanese artists.
One of the best-known landmarks of modern Tokyo, Rainbow Bridge connects one of the growing number of artificial islands created in Tokyo Bay to the original shoreline. Using solar power generated during the day, at night it is lit up just as its name suggests.
This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.
Discontinued December 2019
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E12502 (12-502 on package)
Retail price ¥3200
The artist made a tour of Europe in 1961, resulting in a series of depictions of landmarks such as Tower Bridge in London.
Born in 1922 in Tokyo, Yamashita had a troubled childhood: - after a bullying incident at school involving a knife, he was classified as mentally handicapped, and placed in an institution. His genius for creating harie (pasted paper pictures) was soon realised, though, and eventually he featured in many exhibitions across Japan. He remained an eccentric: from 1940 to 1954 he roamed the country wearing only an undershirt (it is said), earning himself the moniker of "The naked artist wanderer". Although he travelled widely seeking material, including an extended tour of Europe in 1961, it seems he did not work in the field, but would return to his studio and create images entirely from memory. He died in 1971 at the early age of 49.
His story has been dramatised a number of times, in the 1956 film known as "The naked general" and later television series.
A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y101262 (10-1262 on package)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$28.85 €25.86 £22.06)
Shipping from ¥1100 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$10.58 €9.48 £8.09)
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