Kabu decks are single suited decks, generally using the suit of coins or batons. The usual composition appears to be a series of pips from 1-9, and a court card repeated 4 times. Some of the pips are decorated with silver overprints.
The decorated cards (right) are: 4, Ace, and 3. Rather inexplicably, this 4 is replaced by a 4 of batons!
Note the elaborately framed 2, and the court card, which bears a stylized soldier... complete with hat and scowling face (middle row).
A limited edition art print of the King of Diamonds 1984 woodblock joker.
A limited edition art print of the Queen of Clubs 1984 woodblock joker.
“Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots” video game characters on playing cards, Japan, 2008
Kyoto Souvenir playing cards by Nintendo aimed at the up and coming tourist industry, 1950s.
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Standard international pattern playing cards made in occupied Japan, c.1950.
54 different colour photographs of steam locomotives from around the world.
Sushi playing cards illustrating different types and styles of sushi, USA, 2004.
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Courts in medieval costume holding both French and Italian/Spanish suit-signs.
Promotional pack for a brand of Japanese whisky, featuring comic Wild West characters.
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Colourful advertising pack for Fujitsu Limited, reminiscent of the flower power/psychedelic era.
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One Piece Hanafuda King card set published by Beverly Enterprises Inc, Tokyo, 2010
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