Very beautiful deck of cards made by Angel c.1980, featuring the elegant and erotic designs of Keiichi Takasawa. The World of Playing Cards website has this to say about Takasawa:
“Keiichi Takasawa was born in Gunma Prefecture in 1914. In 1936 he attended Nihon University and later studied with Tsuguharu Fujita (a strong influence). During the war Keiichi worked as a war reporter. He did many illustrations and covers for women’s magazines, music record covers, etc. He also produced many ‘nikushitsu’ paintings of ‘bijin-ga’ (beautiful women) and the best of these were often published as woodblock prints. His bijin-ga prints always depicted the same slender-necked beauty (who may have been his wife), often in erotic poses. He usually signed his name using both Japanese kanji and Roman script, and this can be seen on the back of the cards.”
The deck has 52 cards, plus 3 Jokers, plus an extra card in Japanese. The cards are very slightly wide, measuring 87mm x 61mm, They came to me in a plastic box that is probably not original, and will travel to a buyer in the same box.
The cards are “as new,” and the plastic box is in excellent condition.