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Vega, princess of weaving
© Kagaya

1000: Vega, princess of weaving (Kagaya)

This is Orihime, the princess of weaving, who from ancient Chinese legend is one of the brightest stars in the sky, and is sadly separated from her two children and their father by the river we call the Milky Way — this love story is the origin of the Tanabata festival. Though Chinese and Western myths are of course generally independent, the ancients saw the same sky and the same stars, so it is easy to identify her as the star we call Vega (a name with an Arabic origin, by the way: remember that the ancient Arab astronomers were part of the civilisation of the West).

Kagaya portrays her at work, weaving an iridescent fabric under the silvery moon...

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: Y101173 (10-1173 on package)
Retail price ¥3900

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