Bouzu-mekuri

Hyakunin-isshu

Introduction

Japanese traditional card game played in new years day. It’s so simple, but so exciting!
Bouzu-mekuri is a simple game using Hyakunin -isshu,

a classical Japanese anthology of one hundred Japanese poem by one hundred poets.

The game rules don’t need any difficult knowledge of the poem itself, so all ages from children to elderly can play this game.

Players and age.

1. Two or more can play. No maximum but better if it’s not so many.

2. No restriction for age. It’s a family playing game including small kids.

Hyakunin isshu and picture cards

 

All you need is a stack of Hyakunin isshu , but only the cards with pictures of Tono( the lord ) , Hime(the princess) and the Bouzu(the buddhist priest).

 

 First all the players sit in a circle.Make a play stack of 100 picture cards, with the the picture side down and place it in the middle of the players. Don’t forget to shuffle the picture cards!Next to the stack, make a place to throw away the cards when you pick a Bouzu (the buddhist priest).card.Decide who starts first and which way to take turns one by one.

1 The first player takes the picture card on the top of the stack.

2 Look at the card see if it’s a Tono( the lord ) , Hime(the princess) or the Bouzu(the buddhist priest). Let everyone see it too.

3 If the card is a Tono,the player can keep the card in his own stack. If it is a Hime, the player can take all the cards from the throw away stack. If it’s a Bouzu card, the player has to put all the card that he owns back to the throw away stack.

4 The game is over if no card is left on the stack and the winner is the one who has the most card.

 

Picture cards

1 Tono(the Lord) card

There are 66 Tono(the Lord) cards. All of them are male ,wears a black hat, and not bald. If you pick a Tono card, you can keep it in your own stack.

 

2 Hime(the princess) card

There are 21 Hime(the princess) cards. All of them are female ,wears a gorgeous kimono, and long hair. If you pick a Hime card, you can take all the cards from the throw away stack. If there are no cards in the throw away stack you can keep the Hime card and pick another card from the playing stack.

 

3 Bouzu(the buddhist priest) card

There are 13 Bouzu(the buddhist priest) card. All of them are male ,wears a kesa(stole), and are of course bald. If you pick a Bouzu card, you have to put all the card that you have back to the throw away stack.

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