Jigsaw puzzles with Japanese women in kimonos

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Posted by Brian Chandler on May 24, 2003 at 15:32:18:

I found this posting in the archives, and since I'm a website selling jigsaw puzzles from Japan, I hope it is not out of place to post a response here.

> January 14, 2002 at 10:54:12:

> I am looking for jigsaw puzzles that has prints of Japanese women in beautiful traditional kimonos. I've seen those puzzles selling in a specialty store in Vancouver but was wondering if I could find a web site that could possibly has those puzzles for sale.

> They are made in Japan and the prints are reproduction of women in kimonos in around the 18th century. Any information in this area would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Many years ago I had a puzzle (750 pieces?) of an ukiyo-e print - a kimono-clad woman by a lake of irises. Unfortunately, I don't know of any such puzzles in the current catalogs. There are several series of "kimono ladies", but all by modern artists. So they are not ukiyo-e, but interestingly the painting/drawing styles are probably influenced by the tradition of woodblock prints, with the use of bold drawn outlines.

I do also have a couple of Hokusai print puzzles - "the wave", and "Mt. Fuji in clear weather", probably the best known two from his series of 36 views of Fuji.

The link goes to my art puzzles index page; I hope this is of interest. As always I would be grateful for feedback comments, particularly on anything you think I've got wrong.

Brian Chandler

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