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How to play MENKO card

ペナトレイトアイ(eye penetrate barrier)

                                        whirlpool in Naruto strait                   wood engraving

author :Shoutei Takahashi

Shotei Takahashi


printed in taishou era 1914

                                        wood engraving

author: unknown


meiji era  

asakusa ryouunkaku

                            Tokyo industrial exhibition

taishou era 1913

noted place ISE shrine (handbill advertisement)

noted place ISE shrine (handbill advertisement)

noted place ISE shrine (handbill advertisement)

taishou era 1914    

meiji era    

noted place OSAKA  (handbill advertisement)


noted place TOYAMA (handbill advertisement)

famous place TOKYO (handbill advertisement)

famous place TOKYO (handbill advertisement)  meiji ara

famous place TOKYO (handbill advertisement)  the deva gate of a temple ( meiji ara)

The railroad station,Shinbashi and Ueno          meiji ara

Nijuubashi-bridge(imperial palace)

Yoshiwara big gate

Japan bank ,NIkolai-do cathedral          meiji era

a group of cherry blossom viewers    meiji era

meiji era

The imperial palace garden

famous place KYOTO (handbill advertisement)

noted place ISE shrine (handbill advertisement)

noted place ISE shrine (handbill advertisement)

noted place ISE shrine (handbill advertisement)

Magatama pond view

MENKO  (author: unknown )  playing cards                                                              Samurai

wood engraving

Menko(めんこ, 面子) is a Japanesecard gameplayed by two or more players. It is also the name of the type of cards used to play this game. Each player uses Menko cards made from thick paper or cardboard, printed on one or both sides with images fromanime,manga, and other works. A player's card is placed on the hardwood or concrete floor and the other player throws down his card, trying to flip the other player's card with a gust of wind or by striking his card against the other card. If he succeeds, he takes both cards. The player who takes all the cards, or the one with the most cards at the game's end, wins the game.

Menko has been popular from theEdo period. Its quick and simple rules have made it popular among children of all age groups. Because technique is just as important as power in this game, smaller children can compete fairly with older players.

The pictures on these cards reflect the popular culture of their time, and Menko cards from thepastreflectimportant information about theirera. In the Edo and earlyMeiji period, images likeninjaandsamuraiwere popular. Before World War II, the most popular images were of the military, like fighter planes and battleships. After the war, characters fromanimeandmangawere popular, as well asbaseballplayers. Collectors of Japanese baseball cards collectbaseball menko. In the late 1980s to early 1990s, Menko cards were decorated withholographsand sparkles

shouwa era    offset printing

Sugoroku (双六)

a traditional board game in which pieces are advavced by throwing dice

wood engraving