April 20th, 2015 Patriot's Day April 21st, 2015 San Jacinto Day April 22nd, 2015 Oklahoma Day April 22nd, 2015 Administrative Professionals Day April 22nd, 2015 Earth Day April 23rd, 2015 World Book and Copyright Day April 23rd, 2015 Yom HaAtzmaut April 24th, 2015 Arbor Day April 25th, 2015 World Malaria Day April 26th, 2015 World Intellectual Property Day April 27th, 2015 Confederate Memorial Day April 28th, 2015 World Day for Safety and Health at Work April 29th, 2015 Day to Remember Chemical Warfare Victims May 1st, 2015 Loyalty Day May 1st, 2015 Law Day May 3rd, 2015 World Press Freedom Day May 4th, 2015 Rhode Island Independence Day May 5th, 2015 Cinco de Mayo May 7th, 2015 National Day of Prayer May 7th, 2015 Lag B'Omer May 8th, 2015 Truman Day May 8th, 2015 Time to Remember Lost Lives From World War II May 10th, 2015 Mother's Day May 10th, 2015 Confederate Memorial Day May 11th, 2015 'Confederate Memorial Day' observed May 14th, 2015 World Migratory Bird Day May 14th, 2015 Ascension Day May 15th, 2015 National Defense Transportation Day May 15th, 2015 International Day of Families May 15th, 2015 Peace Officers Memorial Day May 16th, 2015 Armed Forces Day May 16th, 2015 Isra and Mi'raj May 17th, 2015 World Information Society Day
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
This item has been shown times.
Vintage Japan Hanafuda Fine Playing Card Japanese Game Set W/case: $1