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Vintage Japan Hanafuda Fine Playing Card Japanese Game Set W/case For Sale
Vintage, Complete, Hanafuda 49 card, Japanese game set with the original case. The cards are in fine, early unused condition. The case has a damaged corner (See photo).
Hanafuda (花札) are playing cards of Japanese origin that are used to play a number of games. The name literally translates as "flower cards." The name also refers to games played with these cards. Private gambling during the Tokugawa Shogunate
was illegal. Because playing with card games per se was not banned, new
cards were created with different designs to avoid the restriction. For
example, an anonymous game player designed a card game known as Unsun Karuta. These cards were decorated with Chinese art, each depicting Chinese warriors, weaponry, armor, and dragons.
This deck consisted of 75 cards, and was not as popular as the Western
card games had been, simply because of the difficulty of becoming
familiar with the system. Each time gambling with a card deck of a
particular design became too popular, the government banned those cards,
which then prompted the creation of new ones. This cat and mouse game
between the government and rebellious gamblers resulted in the creation
of many differing designs.
Over the next few decades, several new card games were developed and
subsequently banned because they were used almost exclusively for
gambling purposes. However, the government began to realize that some
form of card games would always be played by the populace, and began to
relax their laws against gambling. The eventual result of all this was a
game called Hanafuda, which combined traditional Japanese games
with Western-style playing cards. Because hanafuda cards do not have
numbers (the main purpose is to associate images) and the long length to
complete a game, it has a partially limited use for gambling. However,
it is still possible to gamble by assigning points for completed image
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