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Saburo Oguro is a Japanese master craftsman who has designed hundreds of puzzles and educational learning toys. He has also written some how-to books on puzzles and other toys.

Saburo Oguro (1936, Tokyo) graduated in Oil Painting from Tama Art University in 1960. He spent more than a decade preparing teaching materials for blind and mentally handicapped children before being commission as a designer for Naef in 1980.

In 1983 he founded his own company, U-Plan. He became director of Zootopia, the Saburo Oguro Museum of Wooden Puzzles, in 1995.

Here are some of my favourite Oguro’s toys for U-Plan and Naef:

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Wooden Zoo Puzzle

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Oriental Zodiac Puzzle

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Pig Jigsaw

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Pair of Bears

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Ducks puzzle