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Ukiyoe Tarot

The Ukiyoe Tarot adapts Marseille symbolism into a Japanese style deck, with traditionally dressed figures on the Major Arcana, and undecorated minor arcana. It was out of print, but is back in print from US Games.

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Created by Koji Furuta
Tarot Deck - 78 Cards - US Games 1982

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Ukiyoe Tarot review by April Wagner

Note: Although it is usually written Ukiyo-e, I will use Ukiyoe as Kaplan does for consistency.

In 1980 Stuart Kaplan commissioned Japanese artist Koji Furuta to design a Tarot deck in the Ukiyoe style. The resulting Ukiyoe Tarot was one of the more beautiful but underrated decks published by U.S. Games. The Ukiyoe Tarot was a lucky find for me. Although I do like Ukiyoe art, I wasn’t actively seeking this deck and only purchased it because the price was so low. It has since become on of my favorite decks.

Ukiyo (“the floating world”) became a popular subject for Japanese writers and artists during the Edo period (1603-1867), a time when the shogunate kept the country all but cut off from the rest of the world. Consequently, the art from this period is uniquely...

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Theme: Eastern
Category: Decks of the 80s

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Name: Ukiyoe Tarot
Creators: Koji Furuta
Publisher: US Games 1982
Deck Type: Tarot Deck
Cards: 78
Major Arcana: 22
Minor Arcana: 56
Minor Arcana Style: Decorated Pips
Suits: Cups, Swords, Wands, Pentacles
Court Cards: Page, Knight, Queen, King
Major Titles: Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Empress, Emperor, Hierophant, Lovers, Chariot, Justice, Hermit, Wheel of Fortune, Strength, Hanged Man, Death, Temperance, Devil, Tower, Star, Moon, Sun, Judgment, World
The Fool is Unnumbered
Strength is 11
Justice is 8

Card Size: 2.48 x 4.49 in. = 6.30cm x 11.40cm
Card Language: English
Card Back: Reversible
Back Design: Golden maple leaves, tipped with red, float on a deep red-brown field

Companion Material: Little white booklet in English.

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