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9:53am on Monday, 19th October, 2015:



When my daughter went to Japan last month, she asked me what present I wanted her to bring back. I asked for a Hanafuda deck of playing cards, because I don't have any and they're quite pretty.

This is what she got me:

It's a Kabafuda deck, which isn't at all pretty. It looks like the kind of thing gangsters might use, which indeed it is: a gambling game called Oicho-Kabu is played with it, in which the worst hand is 8-9-3 — or ya-ku-za.

These particular cards are manufactured by Nintendo, which started out as a card manufacturer in 1889. So, it's all good, then.

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