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Nagaoka fireworks
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1000: Nagaoka fireworks (Yamashita)

Fireworks across the river in Nagaoka, near Niigata on the west coast. Yamashita's family moved here from Tokyo when he was two, after the Great Kanto Earthquake.

The composition of this picture is very simple: the fireworks, reflected in the river, and the huge watching crowd. Full of interesting textures, this is a real "puzzler's" puzzle.


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, though, and from 1940 to 1954 he wandered 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.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11058 (11-058 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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