Japanese Flower Cards

Hanafuda are playing cards of Japanese origin. The name Hanafuda literally translates as “flower cards”.

A traditional Hanafuda deck has 48 cards divided into 12 suits, one for each month. Each month is signified by a different type of blossoming flower and have a distinct Japanese design.

Hanafuda cards are approximately 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size. Half the size of traditional american playing cards, but are of very heavy stock, thicker than a credit card.

There are many types of games than can be played with hanafuda cards. Each similar to matching suits, but with different strategies and styles.

Nintendo was originally founded with the sole purpose of creating and printing Hanafuda cards in 1889.


Hawaii Style Sakura

Japanese immigrants brought Hanafuda to Hawaii around the beginning of the 20th century. In Hawaii, the game was shared across many different cultures and nationalities on the islands. Plantation workers and neighbors would come together for a game of cards. Over time, Hawaii developed its own style of Hanafuda game called Hawaii-style Koi-Koi, also known as Sakura (pronounced: sakuda).