Jigsaw puzzles from Japan
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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan
This bridge is a landmark of western Japan, with both red maples and cherry trees planted alongside, for gorgeous pictures in all seasons. We are told that the name Kintaikyô - or "Brocade sash bridge" - is derived from a resemblance to a kimono sash (see the Japan Information Network link below). This is pretty unconvincing, until you realise that the river under the bridge is Nishikigawa: this Nishiki is the Japanese reading for "brocade", written with the same Chinese character as the Kin in Kintai.
The bridge consists of five wooden arches: at the time it was originally built (1673), wheeled transport was almost unknown in Japan, so presumably it was not worthwhile going to the extra effort of providing a level roadway. It seems unlikely that this design would have been used in Europe at that time.
Matsumoto-san's excellent photographs of the bridge
Also 1000 pieces: Kintaikyô in autumn
A Yanoman puzzle: 1000 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: Y10937 (10-937 on package)
Retail price ¥2500