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Smiling Jizou
© Kuroiwa Toyotaka

1000: Smiling Jizo (Kuroiwa)

The six figures of Jizô here look very happy indeed, surrounded by equally happy-looking sunflowers. Here's my translation of the poem:

Akarui / egao wa / shiawase-gokoro wo / sodatemasu
A bright smile - makes for a happy heart

The artist was born in Nagano in 1947, and specialises in Buddhist themes, with a distinctive whimsically warm style. (Kuroiwa is his family name - he signs his pictures with a stylised seal of his given name, Toyotaka.)

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11113 (11-113 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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