This 258 piece wooden jigsaw puzzle shows a 19th century woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi of 53 cats and one octopus (the signature animal of Kuniyoshi). The full title of this work is "Cats Suggested as the 53 Stations of Tokaido." The puzzle pieces have a grid design with numerous cat-shaped whimsy pieces running amok (click on the small picture below the puzzle image to see example pieces), and were designed by Seattle artist Tara Flannery. This puzzle has a straight edge, but it's harder than average. All our puzzles are made with 1/4" wood in the USA. The puzzle is packaged in a small box with a magnetic clasp.
Name: Rachel and Aaron Cato
Review: Why is this puzzle so challenging? I’m more of a dog person but I love Japanese art so this was high on my must do list. I was glad when it was over, this puzzle was much more challenging than I anticipated.
Review: I am this kind of person who goes to cat cafés and loves anything Japanese, so naturally this puzzle is one of my favorite. Lots of cuteness and humor in the depiction of the cats. Not that easy, especially if you are not familiar with Japanese writing: it forces you to look real hard, which is a great mental exercise in abstraction. It looked as if it were just 3 or 4 different types of cats drawn from different angles and in different actions, so it was also difficult to make out who is who, but that's part of the fun! As always, unrivaled quality in the craftsmanship, which makes the experience highly pleasurable.
Review: Beautiful puzzle. Great craftspersonship. Tricky for a first time puzzler, though.
Review: This is the coolest puzzle ever. I love it! The whimsy pieces are great, and the whole design is so interesting.
Review: Cat lover or not, Cats was so much fun to work, everyone will love this cleverly designed, moderately challenging puzzle. The shapes of the pieces, combined with the layout is quite creative. The border is a regular flat edge, but there are a couple of spots that are unusually formed....which just added to the fun! Within the puzzle are several false flat edge pieces, which leads you to believe they are part of the border. Not! These kind of tricky designs is why I love Artifact puzzles. Whimsies are abundant.......over 10 cats in various shapes depicting typical cat postures, 3 fish, a mouse, and an octopus. The quality is apparent in both appearance and in the feel of the wooden pieces. I've worked this several times, each time using a different strategy....building around the whimsies, or forming the cats, or the little red signs, etc. Each time has presented its challenges, but it's always fun and rewarding!