Hanafuda

  • Type Card Game, Illustration

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”.

There are twelve suits, representing months. Each is designated by a flower, and each suit has four cards. Typically, each suit will have two normal cards and two special cards. The point values could be considered unnecessary and arbitrary, as the most popular games only concern themselves with certain combinations of taken cards.

These are the first 6 months of the year.