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Musashino Mandala
© Ikehara Shôji

1000: Musashino Mandala (Ikehara)

A straggle of children wend their playful way through the woods, surrounded by various cute animals. Beyond are fields (not paddies; perhaps tea?), a clutch of houses, and distant mountains.

Musashino is the old name for the area west of Tokyo, so perhaps this "mandala" is not the usual representation of a Buddhist other world, but just a childhood memory.

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.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E11143 (11-143 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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