I've been posting some non-puzzling details of our trip to Japan so far in my travel blog here since I didn't want to clutter up this blog with tales of sightseeing in Japan. However, today we went to Naoyuki Iwase's puzzle shop in Kyoto, Puzzle-In (葉樹林), which was a ton of fun.
We had a bit of trouble finding it: it was raining and we were a distance away, so we decided to take a cab. However, the cab driver didn't quite know where it was and ended up dropping us off about 3 blocks away saying that it was nearby. We looked around, and couldn't find it, so we wandered in the direction where I thought it was, based on the map on the Puzzle-In website.
Much to our dismay, the sign in the doorway said that it was closed! Undaunted, we poked our heads in, since the door was actually open.
The shop was pretty amazing: it was completely jammed full with puzzles. The assortment was so incredible that I asked Osho if some were part of his collection. It turned out that the back 2/3 of the shop was his personal collection, which made more sense. His collection was really incredible, there must have been thousands of puzzles packed on the shelves and hanging from the walls.
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