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Sparrow Hanafuda Bicycle Playing Cards

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Sparrow Hanafuda Bicycle Playing Cards

$10.99 USD

Sparrow Hanafuda Bicycle Playing Cards

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A beautiful sparrow themed deck that is a fusion of traditional playing cards and a Japanese hanafuda deck. Even if you don't know any handafuda games you can still enjoy creating mini scenes from combining the cards in the right sequence.

The colorful faces and partial bleed back design makes for amazing fans and cardistry moves.

This is a one-time limited print run so make sure you grab a few before they fly away forever.

Learn more about hanafuda here.

  • Printed by USPCC on Classic Stock 
  • Traditional Cut
  • Standard Poker Size 
  • Air-Cushion Embossed Finish 
  • 52 Cards & 2 Jokers  
  • Double Back & Blank Face
  • Limited to 2,000 with Custom Seal
  • Designed by Juniardi Satyanagara 
  • Produced by Will Roya 
  • 2022 Release 

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Beautiful First Purchase

This was my first purchase, this deck really caught my eye. The colors are bright and beautiful, I love looking at them!

Almost great

This is a really beautiful deck, it looks great and feels good. Unfortunately, it missed a great opportunity. The sparrows are a nice artistic touch, but since they are on every card, they make playing traditional hanafuda games like koi-koi a bit challenging. Also the lack of poetry scrolls means that you really need to have memorized the hanafuda cards to be able to play it effectively. For playing western games, this deck works just fine since the indices look no different than a standard deck when you are holding a fanned hand. .

I'd love to see a second edition that cleans the cards up a bit to make them equally friendly to western and hanafuda games. Maybe add additional indices to help newcomers to hanafuda, like the sensu fusion cards do.

Personally, I'd really like to see a version that somehow combines the western deck with hanafuda and dominoes, since I enjoy playing all 3 and would love to have a single deck that plays them all. It would be great for travel, especially if they were made of plastic.

Mr. Me
Beautiful cards, complicated to read

This deck of cards is absolutely gorgeous, but there are a few oversights that compel me to remove a star.

Firstly, the unfortunate lack of kanji on three of the red ribbon cards (A, 2, 3 of Hearts), which are important for games of hanafuda. Secondly, it can be somewhat difficult to differentiate between animal cards and non-animal cards due to the sparrow theme.

If you're looking for an easier way of shuffling your hanafuda cards or simply like the idea of two-in-one decks, this deck is perfect. However, if you're new to hanafuda, you could easily be confused by this deck.

Mr. Opps
Hanafuda You Can Riffle!

These are beautiful, and I think for magic or cardistry they're an excellent choice. They're okay if you are looking to play western card games, and very hit or miss for eastern games like Koi Koi. The biggest perk is how much larger the faces are (so the beautiful art can shine) and how much easier they are to shuffle than Hanafuda cards.

This is a great deck to own, but not for what I was hoping to do with them.

Chris Walker
Sparrow Hanafuda Fusion cards review.

I like Hanafuda cards. However original Hanafuda cards are quite small along with being thick and stiff. Love the fusion of a Hanafuda and regular Playing cards. There are a few designs of the deck that I wish were done better. First one is the Red Poetry Slips. Ace, Two, Three. There is no Kanji on these red slips. Unless you are familiar with Koi-Koi. You might miss having a 5 point Yaku. Also I know that the Theme of the deck is Sparrow. However it is a bit too much use of sparrows in every card. There are cards that do have birds in the Hanafuda deck that indicate animal card. It might be confusing for players seeing birds and thinking that they can place their basic cards into the animal card section for animal Yaku. Just something to be mindful of if you are going to use this deck to play Koi-Koi with. The playing card portion is extremely difficult to identify. You really need to pay close attention to your pips and indexes in the corners. The Hanafuda design will not give you information on what suit and rank of the card. I would not use these for game night over the card table. Love the back design. Cardistry use can be an option. However the edges are quite rough. Definitely doesn't feel like an 808 deck. I think that this deck is better suited for Koi-Koi as long as you are quite familiar with the game and for Cardistry. Regular Gin Rummy with grandma. I would use a standard 808 deck instead of this one.

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