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Hoping for sunshine
© Makoto Muramatsu

1000: Hoping for sunshine (Muramatsu)

This kitten has lots of teru-teru-bôzu, the "sunshine dolls" that children in Japan make the night before outings so that it doesn't rain the next day. Precariously dangling from one, ...


... in his left paw he holds another with the standard joke face made from hiragana characters: "he-no-he-no-mo-he" (pronounced as in hen, not, and mob).

Anyway, let's hope they worked!


The artist Muramatsu Makoto was born in 1947, and has earned numerous awards in the world of commercial illustration. His pictures of anthropomorphised animals are cute, but the cuteness is matched by a wry sense of humour. Muramatsu is his family name - he doesn't seem to sign his pictures, so I have copied the version on the box for the copyright statement.

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An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11157 (11-157 on package)
Retail price ¥3000

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