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Kaguya-hime, from the woodcutter's tale
© Kagaya

1000: Kaguya-hime (Kagaya)

Kaguyahime ("Princess of the shining night") gazes into the moonlit night. The story of which she is heroine, the "Bamboo cutter's tale", dates back a thousand years, to the great cultural flowering that was the Heian period. In the story, she was found as a tiny baby inside a bamboo trunk.

In Kagaya's version extra colour is provided by a scattering of brilliant red maple leaves, and the almost dazzling light of the moon puts the figure in near-silhouette.


Good articles at Wikipedia: The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter - Heian period

Born in Saitama (just north of Tokyo) in 1968, Kagaya spent his childhood in wonderment of the stars in the sky, and never stopped painting them. He has had a successful career as an illustrator for astronomical books and magazines, and many of his works have been turned into jigsaw puzzles, among other products. Since 1996, he has worked exclusively in the digital medium, using a Macintosh. Perhaps that is why he does not appear to sign his pictures.

He goes by his family name; his given name appears to be Yutaka, but in English you will also find him called Joh Kagaya (Jô is the Chinese reading of his name).

* This is a glow-in-the-dark puzzle.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: Y101156 (10-1156 on package)
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