Ohishi Tengudo

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    Ohishi Tengudo

    Vivid color of woodblock prints on playing cards

    Hanafuda is a traditional Japanese card game born in the Edo period (1603-1868).  The colorful and expressive designs on each card are constantly entertaining.  Its origin lies in a card game brought from Portugal that gradually developed into a Japanese style.  Hanafuda features 12 different flowers and plants each with four different designs.  It became a huge boom (as a form of gambling) among general people but quickly grew out of hand so was banned by the Tokugawa government.  In those days, a special gesture was adopted to show when people wanted to buy a set of cards.   They would rub their nose in the shop and it meant that the person came to buy Hanafuda.  Because this gesture was associated with Japan’s legendary goblin, Tengu, who has a long nose, many card shops named themselves “Tengu-do.”  Ohishi Tengudo is one of those shops founded at the time Hanafuda was banned in 1800.  They make each card by hand using a woodblock print though today some of their production methods are carried out by machine. However, Ohishi Tengudo still makes utmost effort with the cards production and ensures that their color will remain as colorful and beautiful as the day it was made.  How about getting one set of Hanafuda and play one of the games which people in olden days enjoyed with family and friends?

    Translation to English by AD BRAIN INC., and introduced in “Nenmatsu Kaidashi Guide” magazine


    Name Ohishi Tengudo
    Address 2-350-1 Ryogae-machi, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
    Tel 075-603-8688
    Hours 9:00-18:00
    Closed Sat., Sun., national holidays
    Recommended New shop was opened in 2013; Visit the shop and hold beautiful cards in your hand.