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Koreans playing hanafuda

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Korean hanafuda

I frequently see Koreans playing games with Japanese hanafuda cards. Alcohol is always involved, usually large amounts of soju. According to Wikipedia, “in South Korea, the cards are called Hwatu (화투)” and “the name literally translates as battle of flowers.” Two of the most common Hwatu games are Go-stop (고스톱) and Seotda (섯다). Again, according to Wiki, “Hwatu is very commonly played in South Korea during special holidays such as the Lunar New Years, and also during the Korean holiday of Chuseok (추석).” I haven’t seen it limited to these occasions. It is hard to not go for a hike, take a bike ride, or just walk past a park in the neighborhood without seeing a group of Koreans playing. If only I could speak Korean; I could join in…

Taiko no Tatsujin arcade game

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You aren’t likely to find a taiko arcade game in the USA anytime soon (although Namco did make a version for the Sony PlayStation 2 called “Taiko: Drum Master”). However, there are more than 15 versions of Taiko no Tatsujin (太鼓の達人) available for your amusement in Japanese arcades. Actually, this wasn’t even in your typical arcade. I took today’s photo in the building where you buy tickets to ride a gondola (ropeway actually) in Hakone.

Hanafuda (花札)

We had a Waseda student staying with us this past weekend. He brought some hanafuda with him and taught us how to play koi koi (こいこい). Lots of fun.

You can find the rules here, and you pick up a deck of cards via ebay or a number of internet sites (usually in the $10 – $20 range including shipping).