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SEGAWA Yasuo. Inubo Karuta (1975)

SEGAWA Yasuo. Inubo Karuta ('Inubo' Japanese Karuta Card Game). Tokyo: Fukuon Shoten, 1975. First edition, first printing.AVAILABLE: see STOCKLIST for pricing

Description — 48 cards with color illustrations and 48 cards with text (complete) (7.5 x 5.3 cm for each card), in red pictorial box with lid (16 x 12 x 4 cm), with illustrated explanatory booklet (16 x 12 cm, 64 pp.), in blue pictorial outer folder and slipcase (17 x 13 x 5.5 cm).

État / Condition — Good (wear to outer folder hinges, waterstain to booklet, otherwise VG).

Remarques & avis / Review — The very original, beautiful and well-made 'inubo' Karuta game designed by the famous illustrator and printmaker SEGAWA Yasuo (1932-2010, [jp] [en]).

Divers / Misc. — This game had several reprints. Its illustrations were adapted from a series published in magazine. In their turn, they adapted into a children's book in 1994.

The 'inubo' karuta games are thus called simply because the first card illustrates the proverb 'Inu mo arukeba bou ni ataru'. Also called 'Kamigata' (Kyoto / Kansai), they feature a different set of proverbs and sayings from the regular 'Edo' (Tokyo) Iroha.

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