Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Irinokichi ( 入ノ 吉) - Nintendo

"入 吉 / 入の 吉 " ( Irinokichi) , Nintendo - 48c. + Onifuda + blank 
    Another Kabu deck, with the rather pleasing name of "coming-in-luck"  this particular pattern differs from the others by several features.
Firstly, this deck uses the suit of batons, much like the Kabufuda . In fact, one could imagine that the kabufuda evolved from just such a deck, as the pip cards are almost identical.
  Secondly, unlike the other decks, this deck has all 3 courts. However, it is interesting to note that the knave has a rather realistic depiction of a person, unlike the knight and king, which are abstract forms

Key to Positions of cards in picture below:
Top row : 7, 8, 9, 10, [ knave] , [ knight] , [king]
Bottom row: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
 The pip cards.

from L-R, onifuda, special ace, special 4
Note the fact that the silver overprints on the cards are nearly transparent with age. The red on the onifuda has streaks on it, perhaps indicative of stencilling?

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