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Mainichi Hanafuda: pine "junk"

I mentioned that my pine cards are very unlike those in hanafuda decks you can buy at 7-11s all over Japan, but this style is not without precedent. In this image taken from Andy's Playing Cards, you can see the pine suit from a deck made in the Meiji era. That's what I'm talking about. Actually, that image reminds me of a wall painting that was in my room when I stayed at a youth hostel/temple on top of a mountain on Shikoku.

Modern-day Japan is a curious mix between the traditional and the contemporary, and I guess my hanafuda deck will be, too!

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