Saturday, 14 January 2012

Hanafuda by duarcain


I like to set myself little projects from time to time and so I decided to celebrate my love of Hanafuda by designing my own deck (if only I could get them printed).  In absence of any real professional design tools, I decided to use MS Excel for all design aspects of the cards.  What you see to the left is my finished deck (quality has degraded a bit, as I saved the images as jpegs via Paint). 

Some of the suits follow a traditional style, whilst others are a little bit more unorthodox.  I tried to give each suit a colour scheme which apart from being aesthetically pleasing, it would also help beginners to identify the cards more easily. I toyed with the idea of including numbers on the cards to identify suits, in the manner that some Korean produced decks do.  However, I decided that the numbers might have looked intrusive and it would go against the whole look and feel of what Hanafuda should be about.  

One thing I did borrow from Korea was to use a symbol to identify the 5 'Brights'.  On Korean decks the Chinese character for 'Light or Bright' is used and in Japan this character is called 'Hikari'.  In place of the Chinese character, I used an eight pointed star as '8' is considered lucky in Japanese culture for it gives an idea of growing prosperous, because the letter (八) broadens gradually.  It also forms a nod to the origins of Hanafuda - that the games were generally always played for money.  

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