“Pokemon Hanafuda” Project Takes Series Back to Ancient Japanese Craftsmanship

Pokemon Hanafuda ポケモン花札
Kutani ware porcelain featuring Pikachu and Farfetch’d
© 2014 Pokemon. © 1995-2014 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc

The characters of the original Pokemon Red & Blue video games will take a trip back to feudal Japan by appearing on a set of traditional hanafuda playing cards, as well as in traditional Kutani ware porcelain and Edo Kiriko cut glass.

The items are being sold by Japanese entertainment media company Movic. In addition to playing cards, the Pokemon hanafuda designs will also appear on folding fans, hand towels, teacups, and a variety of other items.

The Pokemon hanafuda Kutani ware porcelain, sold in a set of two designs featuring Pikachu and Farfetch’d, retails for 2,500 yen, plus tax. The Edo Kiriko cut glass tumbler bears the designs from the Cubone/Clefairy/Clefable and Diglet/Dugtrio/Voltorb cards, and retails for 10,000 yen, plus tax.

Preorders will run until January 7th, and orders will ship in March. Preorders are being accepted at Pokemon Center and Animate retail locations across Japan, the Animate online shop, and Movic’s Pokemon Hanafuda special site.

the Cubone/Clefairy/Clefable カラカラ・ピッピ・ピクシー
Cubone/Clefairy/Clefable and Diglet/Dugtrio/Voltorb Edo Kiriko cut glass
© 2014 Pokemon. © 1995-2014 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.

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