Author Name Compiled by Japan Publications
Title Hanafuda Flower Card Game Japanese Matching Flowers 88 Mushi Come On & 9 Games
Book Condition Used: Good
Jacket Condition Used: Good
Edition First Edition
Size Standard Hardcover
Publisher Japan Publications 1970-01-01
Seller ID 121213008
This FIRST EDITION hardcover book was published in 1970 by Kodansha with 94 pages. The text is unmarked. The binding is sound. The dust jacket is moderately worn around the edges with several small closed tears. The page edges and the underside of the dust jacket are toned with scattered foxing. The front inside flap of the dust jacket has been price clipped. The front cover and dust jacket are bumped with a small scuff. The top page edge contains scattered foxing. A Combination of Chance and Skill with an Added Touch of Oriental Charm......Hanafuda is the only one of the several games perenially enjoyed in Japan to have originated in this country: Mah Jong, Go, and Shogi all came from China. Consequently, the hanafuda cards bear pictures of seasonal flora and fauna treated in distinctively Japanese ornamental styles. For instance, the "pine" will probably remind the Westerner of cactus, and the shawl-shaped things over the head of the man with an umbrella are unlikely to suggest rain; but that is what they are. This may sound confusing, but in fact, once a few conventions are mastered — and that takes no time with the clear explanations in this book — the reader can expect hours of enjoyment from an arresting and amusing card game. Although there are numerous variants of hanafuda, this book concentrates on the most popular: a simple game called Matching Flowers and the more sophisticated and vastly more entertaining Eighty-eight and Koi-koi. The text carefully explains the meanings of the pictures on the cards and their values as well as how to take tricks, count points, and keep score. Sample game situations are included to enable the reader to master the rules and start having fun as quickly as possible.
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