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Asahi Shokudô
© Shinya Uchida

500: Asahi Shokudô (Uchida)

This is the "real" rural Japan. A tiny, family-run business offers simple meals, while simultaneously selling seaside knick-knacks and "ice candy" (ice lollies, or popsicles in the US). Uchida's trademark bicycle and straw hat wait outside.

The sign proclaims that the establishment offers okonomi-yaki (a sort of omnibus pancake) and yaki-soba (fried noodles), ubiquitous stomach-fillers, and underneath its name: Asahi (literally "Morning sun") Shokudô, the humblest rank of eatery.


This puzzle has a luxury "Cloth touch" finish.

Uchida was born in 1960 in Kyushu, and after a degree in fine arts from Aichi University of Education, became hooked on lone travelling. From there he was drawn into sketching, getting his first magazine publication in 1988. Since then he has kept travelling the world, and produced a whole series of book publications. Having spent three years in Perth, from 1991 to 1994, he regards Australia as his second home, but has also visited many parts of Europe and America.

Note that he writes his name in the "Western" order; Uchida is his family name.

* This puzzle has a luxury "canvas" finish.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 53 x 38 cm (21" x 15")
Code: Y05773 (05-773 on package)
Retail price ¥2000

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