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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

Traditional themes from Harai Kayomi

White tiger Blue dragon

White tiger Blue dragon

White tiger of the west - Blue dragon of the east

Each panel above is made from two separate puzzles of the tiger and dragon listed separately below. Although traditional rivals, these two share roles in Chinese mythology as protector gods - the white tiger in the west and the blue dragon in the east. Mark Schumacher has lots more details on his page on Ssu Ling (the Chinese name for the four protector gods).

3000 pieces

Dragons of five colours
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Dragons of five colours

This challenging puzzle includes no less than five of Kayomi's fluffy but fierce dragons. Five is the number of ancient Chinese elements, which are associated with the cardinal directions (including "centre"), and also with colours. So the central yellow dragon symbolises imperial authority, and manifests rank by having five claws and holding the magic ball. Around the four corners are the four protectorate dragons: Black to the north, Blue to the east, Red to the south, and White to the west. (These also match with the colours of the four protectorate gods.)

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 3000 pieces; 102 x 73 cm (40" x 29")
Code: E21105 (21-105 on package)
Retail price ¥4800 (approx. US$40.00 €36.64 £30.77) Buy this puzzle Add to basket
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2016 pieces

Moonlit tiger and dragon
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Moonlit tiger and dragon

Traditional rivals, tiger and dragon face off under a full moon masked only by a sprig of cherry blossom.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E23087 (23-087 on package)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$25.00 €22.90 £19.23) Buy this puzzle Add to basket
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The four protector-gods
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

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.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23091 (23-091 on package)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$25.00 €22.90 £19.23) Buy this puzzle Add to basket
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2000 pieces

Cherry blossom owl
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Cherry blossom owl

A simple but effective composition: the owl approaches us ready to pounce. The cherry blossom lit only by the full moon has an eerie tone, which will make the puzzle interesting but quite a challenge.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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An Epoch puzzle: 2000 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: E54216 (54-216 on package)
Retail price ¥2400 (approx. US$20.00 €18.32 £15.38) Buy this puzzle Add to basket
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1053 pieces

Dragons of five colours
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Dragons of five colours

This challenging puzzle includes no less than five of Kayomi's fluffy but fierce dragons. Five is the number of ancient Chinese elements, which are associated with the cardinal directions (including "centre"), and also with colours. So the central yellow dragon symbolises imperial authority, and manifests rank by having five claws and holding the Cintamani magic ball. Around the four corners are the four protectorate dragons: Black to the north, Blue to the east, Red to the south, and White to the west. (These also match with the colours of the four protectorate gods.)

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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An Epoch puzzle: 1053 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E31519 (31-519 on package)
Retail price ¥2000 (approx. US$16.67 €15.27 £12.82) Buy this puzzle Add to basket
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1000 pieces

Cherry blossom owl
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Cherry blossom owl

A simple but effective composition: the owl approaches us ready to pounce. The cherry blossom lit only by the full moon has an eerie tone, which will make the puzzle interesting but quite a challenge.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11511 (11-511 on package)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$25.00 €22.90 £19.23) Buy this puzzle Add to basket
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Shiba candy store
© Kayomi Harai

Shiba candy store

A playful bunch of Shibas, Japan's national dog breed, are let loose in a dagashi-ya, a traditional sweetsellers of the mid-twentieth century. Actually, though, it must be about 1980, because a couple of Rubik's cubes are on the shelf at the left...

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B31521 (31-521 on package)
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Veranda time for shibas
© Kayomi Harai

Veranda time for shibas

A whole family of shibas, Japan's national dog breed, rest on the verandah of a traditional house. One puppy is admiring the bamboo device known as shishi-odoshi (see Wikipedia), originally for scaring away animals, but also for simple amusement.

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B31525 (31-525 on package)
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Joyful morning
© Kayomi Harai

Joyful morning

An owl with young, in a pretty sylvan setting.

* This puzzle has TINY pieces!

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: BM81555 (M81-555 on package)
Retail price ¥2200 (approx. US$18.33 €16.79 £14.10) Buy this puzzle Add to basket
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Nice to be together!
© Harai Kayomi

Nice to be together!

A group of puppies gather (for a photo?) in the surroundings of a classic living room of the Showa era...

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B31515 (31-515 on package)
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Joyful morning
© Kayomi Harai

Joyful morning

Morning, surrounded by flowers and butterflies...

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B31494 (31-494 on package)
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Shining white dragon
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Shining white dragon

This is the white dragon, guardian of the West — Kayomi's dragons look fierce, yet somehow not intimidating, this one surrounded by cherry blossom petals in the moonlight.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11596 (11-596 on package)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$25.00 €22.90 £19.23) Buy this puzzle Add to basket
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Happy owls
© Kayomi Harai

Happy owls

Mother and chick — these owls certainly look contented enough...

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A Beverly puzzle: 1000 pieces; 72 x 49 cm (28" x 19")
Code: B31481 (31-481 on package)
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600 pieces

Dreaming puppies
© Harai Kayomi

Dreaming puppies

Peaceful sleep...

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A Beverly puzzle: 600 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: B66162 (66-162 on package)
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What can we see??
© Harai Kayomi

What can we see??

Three owlets, each with a different angle on things...

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A Beverly puzzle: 600 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: B66178 (66-178 on package)
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A warm hug
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

A warm hug

Penguin chicks and a polar bear keep warm together on the ice...

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A Beverly puzzle: 600 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: B66143 (66-143 on package)
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420 pieces

Double dragon
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

Double dragon

A pair of dragons make fearsome adversaries. But in Buddhist-inspired mythology, they are not seen as evil, rather as symbols of right. Here each dragon has one claw extended as if to fight, but in the other holds the wish-fulfilling jewel, or cintamani (in Sanskrit), of both Buddhist and Hindu tradition.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 420 pieces; 52 x 18 cm (20" x 7")
Code: E52137 (52-137 on package)
Retail price ¥1800 (approx. US$15.00 €13.74 £11.54) Buy this puzzle Add to basket
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300 pieces

Tigers together!
© Kayomi Harai

Tigers together!

Three white tigers cling on...

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B33110 (33-110 on package)
Retail price ¥1500 (approx. US$12.50 €11.45 £9.62) Buy this puzzle Add to basket
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Good night!
© Kayomi Harai

Good night!

A huddle of kittens — the title says it all!

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B33137 (33-137 on package)
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Owls cuddle
© Kayomi Harai

Owls cuddle

The ultimate cuddly animal: an owl with young...

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B33136 (33-136 on package)
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Owl family
© Kayomi Harai

Owl family

A contented family sit together under the moon...

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B33120 (33-120 on package)
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Happy owls
© Kayomi Harai

Happy owls

Mother and child, a sweet pair of bright-eyed owls.

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A Beverly puzzle: 300 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: B33109 (33-109 on package)
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Harai Kayomi

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

Her style is quite distinctive - soft and fluffy - and perhaps her work is done with pastels, though it is difficult to tell from just a print.

Deleted puzzles

For reference: you can view all of her puzzles that are out of print in the Attic.

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