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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

Rural nostalgia

Featured artist on this page: Ikehara Shōji

The "real" Japan is not to be found in the concrete ugliness of modern Tokyo, nor the somewhat stiffly preserved history of Kyoto, but it is still there, beyond the end of the railway line...

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Ikehara Shōji

Born in Kagawa Prefecture (Shikoku) in 1939, Ikehara is an artist specialising in illustration for children's story book, but whose work has also appeared in TV manga versions of traditional tales, and on postage stamps. His style is simple, but effective.

He signs his pictures with a hand-drawn "seal", which is hard to decipher, but looks like the second character of his given name.

Children of spring
© Ikehara Shōji

1000: Children of spring (Ikehara)

A clutch of children wander through the woods, one carrying a pair of takeuma stilts, an older girl carrying the baby, no doubt while her mother works in the fields. The woods are full of nostalgically remembered animals, rabbits, raccoon dogs, and foxes...

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B61384 (61-384 on package)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$28.85 €26.79 £23.62)
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