Vintage Japan Hanafuda Fine Playing Card Japanese Game Set W/case
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Vintage Japan Hanafuda Fine Playing Card Japanese Game Set W/case:
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 combinations.