Mint, sealed set of very beautiful "Ukiyo-e" cards made by Nintendo c.1960 for Sanyo Enterprises, with scenes from traditional Japanese life on the faces of the cards.
As described by Wikipedia:
"Ukiyo-e, or ukiyo-ye (. . . . 'pictures of the floating world'), is a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries. Aimed at the prosperous merchant class in the urbanizing Edo period (1603–1867), depictions of beautiful women; kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers; scenes from history and folk tales; travel scenes and landscapes; flora and fauna; and erotica were amongst the popular themes."
The deck has 52 cards. Without breaking the seal, I cannot be certain that it has Jokers; however, the World Web Playing Card Museum shows a Ukiyo-e deck made by Nintendo for Sanyo includes Jokers, and it would be very unusual for this deck from the 1960s not to have them. The deck is accompanied by a leaflet in Japanese and English that describes the deck, and it comes in a special custom box made of a very light wood – similar to balsa wood.
The cards are mint and sealed, and the box and leaflet are "as new." An extremely nice set of these famous traditional Japanese cards.
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