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ki-gu-mi

by Azone co.,ltd

What is ki-gu-mi

ki-gu-mi is a wooden puzzle that can be easily assembled. Please enjoy making, decorating, and using them.

Environmentally friendly products. Easy to assemble. A great gift idea.

3Steps to Assembly

1: Remove the parts.
2: Assemble
3: Complete

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姫路城 / Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle is a Japanese castle located in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture. The main buildings such as the castle tower and turrets built in the early Edo period still exist and are designated as National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties. In addition, the inside of the middle moat, including the main part of the castle, is designated as "Himeji Castle Ruins" as a special historical site of Japan. The castle is also on UNESCO's World Heritage List and has been selected as one of the 100 best castles in Japan. It is also known as Shirasagi Castle (白鷺城, Shirasagi-jō, Hakuro-jō).

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A Bird's Eye View of Himeji Castle Old Maps

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Himeji Castle in Spring

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Number of Pieces: 371 
Estimated production time: 3 to 8 hours

Please note that there are personal differences.

Product size: 185x167x160㎜

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Present day Nihonbashi (Tokyo)

日本橋 / Nihonbashi Bridge

The name "Nihonbashi" as a wide area name refers to the entire area of the former Nihonbashi Ward in the northern part of Tokyo's Chuo Ward. From the Edo period, the area represented the downtown area, the center of merchant culture, as opposed to the uptown area lined with samurai residences. In Tokyo, there are many towns with relatively short histories such as Shinjuku and Shibuya, but Nihonbashi is one of the few areas with a history and tradition dating back to the early Edo period. The center of the bustle is along Chuo-dori, located on the west side of the former Nihonbashi district.


There are many long-established commercial facilities, including Japan's oldest department store, Mitsukoshi Nihombashi, and Japan's largest wholesale district is formed in Higashi Nihombashi, Nihombashi Yokoyama-cho, and Nihombashi Bakuro-cho, which are located in the northeastern part of the Nihombashi area and along the former Oshu Kaido. The fish market was located in this area until it collapsed in the Great Kanto Earthquake and was later moved to Tsukiji as the Tsukiji Market, and has been responsible for food distribution in Tokyo since the Edo period.

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"Nihonbashi in the Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido"

   by Utagawa Hiroshige.

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1920  Nihonbashi (Tokyo)

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Number of Pieces: 74
Estimated production time: 30 to 60 minutes

Please note that there are personal differences.

Product size: 210x148x53mm

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New Year's ring-entering ceremony for yokozuna at a shrine

Sumo wrestler shows Unryu-style in dohyo-iri ceremony

横綱 雲竜型 / Yokozuna Unryu Style

Sumo originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally, where it is considered the national sports. It is considered a gendai-budo, which refers to modern Japanese martial arts, but the sport has a history spanning many centuries. Many ancient traditions have been preserved in sumo, and even today the sport includes many ritual elements, such as the use of salt purification, from Shinto(神道).

Life as a wrestler is highly regimented, with rules regulated by the Japan Sumo Association. Most sumo wrestlers are required to live in communal sumo training stables, known in Japanese as heya, where all aspects of their daily lives—from meals to their manner of dress—are dictated by strict tradition.The yokozuna ring-entering ceremony was originally performed as a ritual to pray to the gods. In the Unryu style, the left hand is placed near the chest and the right arm is extended during the “seriage” , the lifting of the  hips after the yokozuna’s four-step stance. It is an “offensive and defensive style ”combining both offense and defense, with a single knotted rope loop. It is said to have originated with the 10th yokozuna Unryu Hisakichi.

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Unryu Hisakichi is the most famous sumo wrestler.

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Number of Pieces: 94
Estimated production time: 1 hour to 2 hours

Please note that there are personal differences.

Product size: 125×50×95mm

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招き猫 / Lucky cat

The maneki-neko (招き猫, lit. 'Lucky cat') is a common Japanese figurine which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The figurine depicts a cat, traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail, with a paw raised in a Japanese beckoning gesture. The figurines are often displayed in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, dry cleaners, laundromats, bars, casinos, hotels, nightclubs, and other businesses, generally near the entrance. Some maneki-neko are equipped with a mechanical paw which slowly moves back and forth.

Maneki-neko come in different colors and styles and vary in degrees of detail. Common colors are white, black, red, and gold. In addition to statues, maneki-neko can be found in the form of keychainspiggy banksair fresheners, pots, and numerous other media. Maneki-neko are sometimes referred to simply as "lucky cats".

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"Joruri-machi Hanka no zu" by Utagawa Hiroshige, 1852

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There are three types of lucky cats: one with its right hand raised, one with its left hand raised, and one with both hands raised.
The one with its right hand raised invites money, the one with its left hand raised invites people (guests), and the one with both arms raised is said to invite both money and connections. The origin of the name "money beckoning" is not clear, but it is said that the cat with its right hand raised is called "money beckoning" because most people handle money with their right hand, which is their dominant hand. There is also a difference in the height of the raised hand. It is said that the longer the hand, the farther and bigger the good fortune, and the shorter the hand, the closer and more modest the good fortune.

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Number of Pieces: 66
Estimated production time: 1 hour to 2 hours

Please note that there are personal differences.

Product size: 86×76×116mm

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雷門 / Kaminari mon

“Kaminarimon” is the gate of Sensoji Temple.

A vermillion lantern with a height of 3.9 m and a diameter of 3.3 m is suspended in the center of the gate.

The official name is “Furaijinmon”, and it is written as “Furaijinmon” on the opposite side of the lantern with “Kaminarimon” written on it.“Fujin” is standing on the right side of the gate, and “Raijin” is standing on the left side.Kaminarimon is one of the most famous sightseeing spots in Asakusa, and you can see tourists from Japan and overseas taking commemorative photos every day in front of Kaminarimon.

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Kaminarimon(Thunder Gate) has been lit up since 2003 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the opening of Edo.

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Ukiyoe artist Utagawa-Hiroshige depicts “Kinryuzan and Senso-ji Temple”in the Edo period.

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Number of Pieces: 64
Estimated production time: 30 to 60 minutes

Please note that there are personal differences.

Product size: 153x107x91mm

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Kaminarimon in the 1650s

You can see the streetcar running in front of Sensoji Temple and the lanterns being raised as the portable shrines pass through the gate.

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