Imaginatorium Shop
Corona virus

We are operating more or less normally, but the situation is unclear, and there are some problems. Currently the Post Office is not accepting packages for China and Mongolia, and "probably" not to South Korea, Hong Kong or Macao. Otherwise, please go ahead with ordering; if a problem suddenly appears and we are unable to send your order, we will always give you the choice of waiting or immediately cancelling for a full refund.

Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

Titles in stock:
1144
Around 2500 by special order

Welcome to the Imaginatorium Shop, now in our eighteenth year!

From our base in Japan (here!), we send jigsaw puzzles anywhere in the world. Most of the hundreds of puzzles we have in stock feature oriental themes, but the high quality of Japanese-made puzzles (exquisite printing, really solid card stock, and clean cutting) also makes "reverse imports" highly desirable — puzzles of Peanuts, Disney, and lots of other Western characters popular in Japan. In general, if a puzzle is available in Japan, we can get it for you within a week or so - see the special orders page.

Puzzle of the month for
March 2020

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Horaguchi whimsy
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Feature of the month for March: Horaguchi whimsical art

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March's puzzle of the month features art by Kayo Horaguchi, in her very own idiosyncratic style. There is something happening everywhere in these pictures, which makes them ideal for puzzles! A special 15% discount off all of these during this month.

(All special offers subject to current stock availability)

2020 is the Year of the Rat in the Chinese zodiac

And a new collection of all twelve animals...

Latest additions

More for maniac-level puzzle fans!

New kimono puzzles from artist Haruyo

Latest Peanuts!

And more...

Chit-chat

Brian Chandler

—December—

Traditional decoration

謹賀新年

or... a Happy New Year for 2020 to all our customers, past, present and future. Twenty-twenty may be perfect eyesight, but it will also be the Year of the Rat, here represented but a cute, if somewhat over-dressed, mouse saying Yoroshiku!.

And the red padlock?

red padlock

A long-time customer asked me the other day: "What does the red padlock mean? I'm sure there used to be a green one..." Well, actually no, there never was a padlock at all. What has happened is that browsers have started marking any site using the original http:// web protocol with various indications that they are "insecure". This is a bit misleading: it simply means that the connection is not encrypted, so in principle the government might be spying on which puzzles you are looking at. Encryption is essential for anything involving payment details, but we do not collect these directly, since they are handled by PayPal (and of course you should check there is a green padlock, and an https:// connection there). Back in 2002, when Imaginatorium Shop opened its virtual doors, encryption was only for payment sites, but now most sites are switching, and we too will soon be getting a new domain with a green padlock. Please be patient, but look for changes in the new year.

Read more of these blog entries

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About ordering

The details under each puzzle show the price, with approximate equivalents in US dollars, euros, and pounds sterling. Click "Buy this puzzle" to go straight to the checkout with a single puzzle, or "Add to basket" to carry on shopping. At the checkout, you can select the shipping method, then choose how you are going to buy the puzzle(s). If you have any questions or problems, just use the forms provided to ask, and we'll get back to you. Once we receive confirmation of a payment, we aim to despatch puzzles by the next working day.

PayPal (verified member) You do not need to create a PayPal account in order to make a payment; the total is in yen, but you will be charged in your 'home currency', and you will be able to check the final amount before confirming payment.

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You can pay by major credit card, eCheck in the US,
and bank transfer in many countries.

As you can see in the pile of puzzles on the left, most of the writing on the box is in Japanese, so we also include printed details with each shipment. Click these thumbnails for descriptions...

(Sorry! You can't see the "pile of boxes", because your browser does not support the functions necessary.)
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Finally...

The Shop is only part of my website, the Imaginatorium - I hope you will have time to explore some of the other pages!

 
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