BICYCLE SPARROW HANAFUDA Playing Cards. A natural inspiration from Japanese game

According his regular releases, Will Roya (, brings us a new deck illustrated by Juniardi Satyanagara: BICYCLE SPARROW HANAFUDA.

With a clear oriental inspiration, this deck has an original design based on Hanafuda, a traditional Japanese card game. Despite this inspiration, it is a fully functional set of playing cards with standard indexes to keep the playability.

The parallelism with the traditional game has been smartly defined thanks to its structure. If the hanafuda cards are divided into 12 suits representing the months of the year and four cards per suit, the artist has graphically inverted the structure of the poker deck to fit the original essence. This way, using the sparrow as the main character, each of the groups of four court cards, aces and numbered cards form together scenes where the original elements appear: plants, flowers, animals, birds and other man-made objects.



Jokers show the sparrow above the large red circle that represents the sun on the Japanese flag.



The symmetrical back is simple but creates a beautiful fan.




The deck includes two extra gaff cards with a double backer and a blank face.



The cards have been printed by the USPCC with air cushion finish in a edition of 2500 decks. A limited number of units are available since the rest have been sent to the members of the Pip Box Club and other dealers.

In addition, to celebrate the launch, during this weekend the deck will have a 20% off in Take advantage to get some more decks of their extensive catalog.

Good luck!