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September 28, 2006

Hwa-Tu

A few days ago I was introduced to the the Japanese game of Hanafuda. I found out that Hanafuda, or Flower Cards, is an old Japanese game that was a mainstay of the Nintendo company before computer games came along. The card game is older than that I think, and was brought to Korea during the Japanese occupation of Korea around 1905. The game, called Hwa-tu or a version of it called Go-Stop in Korean basically became very popular in Korea and follows the basic structure and strategy of the original game with the exception of 6 added cards and slight variations in scoring. It looks pretty interesting and fun so now I have to locate a set of cards and someone who can play with me. Anyone around the Twin Cities have a deck? I'd love to try it out!

You can see beautiful, home-made Japanese Hanafuda cards here from Sui Generis. It's been fun and inspiring watching his progress:

http://suigeneris1.blogspot.com/2006/09/mainichi-hanafuda-tengu-blank.html
http://suigeneris1.blogspot.com/2006/09/mainichi-hanafuda-chrysanthemum-part-2.html
http://suigeneris1.blogspot.com/2006/09/mainichi-hanafuda-chrysanthemum.html
http://suigeneris1.blogspot.com/2006/09/mainichi-hanafuda-deer-ribbon.html
http://suigeneris1.blogspot.com/2006/09/mainichi-hanafuda-maple.html
http://suigeneris1.blogspot.com/2006/09/mainichi-hanafuda-my-drawing-process.html
http://suigeneris1.blogspot.com/2006/09/mainichi-hanafuda-curtain.html

Now we just need to get a game going.

Posted by carl1236 at September 28, 2006 8:28 PM | Korean

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