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Jigsaw puzzles from Japan

Tigers

The tiger is a traditional symbol of strength, and particularly the white tiger is seen as auspicious. While its rival and partner the dragon is totally mythical and fantastic, the tiger generally appears as a naturalistic rendering of the real animal.

Separate page for tigers and dragons

White tiger

White cloud tiger
© Song Qijin / Kokado Studio

2016: White cloud tiger (Song)

A very fierce-looking white tiger, in Chinese mythology the protector-god of the west.

Song Qijin (宋其金) is a Chinese-born digital artist, affiliated with the Kogado Studio (name in the original Chinese order, Song is the surname).

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Discontinued March 2020
An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 75 x 50 cm (30" x 20")
Code: E23079 (23-079 on package)
Retail price ¥3000
Moonlit tiger and dragon
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

2016: Moonlit tiger and dragon (Kayomi)

Traditional rivals, tiger and dragon face off under a full moon masked only by a sprig of cherry blossom.

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

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An Epoch puzzle: 2016 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E23087 (23-087 on package)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$28.85 €26.79 £23.62)
Shipping from ¥1200 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$11.54 €10.71 £9.45)
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White tiger and red bamboo
© Kano Yuho

1000: White tiger and red bamboo (Yuho)

An impressive white tiger among the bamboo, but also an image laden with symbolism; its original title is literally "White tiger warding off disaster." The key on the side of the box lists the items as follows:

  1. White tiger
  2. Red bamboo
  3. Quartz: the large crystals in the lower right corner
  4. Magic spell

The magic spell is written vertically in the upper part of the picture. Sometimes known as "The Disaster Preventing Dharani," where a Dharani is something longer than a mantra and shorter than a sutra, it consists of transliterated Sanskrit, so has no immediate meaning to a Japanese speaker. But you can chant it something like this:

No mo san man da moto nan
Oha ra chi koto sha sono nan
To ji to en gya gya gya ki gya ki un nun
Shifu ra shifu ra hara shifu ra hara shifu ra
Chishu sa chishu sa chishu ri chishu ri
Sowa ja sowa ja
Sen chi gya shiri ei somo ko

No biographical details for this craft-artist, Kanō Yūhō. He signs as is traditional with his given (brush) name Yūhō and a seal.

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An Appleone puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: A10695 (1000-695 on package)
Retail price ¥3000 (approx. US$28.85 €26.79 £23.62)
Shipping from ¥1200 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$11.54 €10.71 £9.45)
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White baby tiger
© Kentaro Nishino

450: White baby tiger (Nishino)

This cute little baby plays with the butterflies.

Kentaro Nishino was born in 1980, in Kanazawa on the Japan Sea coast, and graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2003. He takes his inspiration from nature, while lending his own air of fantasy.

Nishino is his family name, but he signs his work "Kentaro N".

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 26 x 38 cm (10" x 15")
Code: E08008 (08-008 on package)
Retail price ¥1400 (approx. US$13.46 €12.50 £11.02)
Shipping from ¥600 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$5.77 €5.36 £4.72)
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White tiger of the west
© Harai Kayomi / Studio Oz

450: White tiger of the west (Kayomi)

The white tiger, protector god of the west, looking suitably fierce, yet in Kayomi's characteristically soft style. The box includes the characters for 'West: white tiger', and the Chinese reading 'Bai-hu' for "White tiger."

No biographical details available. She signs her given name Kayomi in Roman letters.

* This puzzle has smaller pieces than the standard size.

In stock
An Epoch puzzle: 450 pieces; 38 x 26 cm (15" x 10")
Code: E08038 (08-038 on package)
Retail price ¥1400 (approx. US$13.46 €12.50 £11.02)
Shipping from ¥600 (N. America, Europe, Australasia: approx. US$5.77 €5.36 £4.72)
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