In the internet era there are now many brands that are produced on a small scale (most aren’t manufacturers themselves). Thanks to the rise of crowdfunding, the variety of designs has greatly expanded from the traditional patterns.

Blank’s Art Project

Blank’s Art Project have created several Hwatu decks with custom art: Pebble (2016), Golden Toad (2018 & 2019 editions, crowdfunded on Korean site ‘wadiz’), and Pebble Film Edition (2019). They have also created custom promotional decks for Jeju beer (2017).

The five Bright cards of the Pebble Hwatu deck (2016).

Hanafuda Hawaii

Produces two different decks: Hanafuda Hawai‘i Style (2009), and Hanafuda Nā Pua Hawai‘i (2016).

Hanafuda Hawai‘i Style recreates the traditional Japanese deck with bold artwork, including scores printed on the cards and with helpful icons to identify scoring combinations on the cards. In the rules given with the deck, there are not “5 Brights”, so the “4 Brights” are reproduced here:

Hanafuda Hawai‘i Style bright cards.

The cards of November show more of the style of the cards (note the ‘rain man’ is worth a mere 5 points with the Hawaiian rules):

Hanafuda Hawai‘i Style November cards.

Hanafuda Nā Pua Hawai‘i is probably my favourite of all the modern Hanafuda decks. It recontextualizes the game with the flora and fauna native to Hawai‘i, matching visual puns to the bold art of the Hawai‘i Style deck: in the month of March, for example, the cherry blossoms become ‘iliahi (sandalwood) flowers, and the curtain becomes the traditional kapa cloth.

Hanafuda Nā Pua Hawai‘i bright cards.
Hanafuda Nā Pua Hawai‘i November cards.

Indianwolf Studios

Indianwolf have so far produced the Hanami Hanafuda (2018) and Sensu Hanafuda (2019) decks, in poker-sized cards printed by Legends Playing Card Company. Both of these are available in a plain version, or one that has indices to aid new players.

Five hanafuda cards drawn in a minimalistic but realistic style.
The five Bright cards of the Hanami Hanafuda deck.

Indianwolf are also currently producing the ‘Night Parade’ deck, expected to ship in 2020. All Indianwolf’s decks have been crowdfunded through Kickstarter.

자매상점 (jamaistore)

Produces ridiculously-cute cat & dog themed hwatu decks. Each of them comes with an additional six joker cards, appropriate to the theme. Both decks were crowfunded on the Korean site ‘tumblbug’.

The 5 brights of the Nyangtu deck, featuring cats interposed into the traditional cards.
Jamaistore’s 냥투 (nyangtu, ‘meow fight’) deck (2016).
The name is a pun on hwatu with the Korean nyang meaning ‘meow’.

The 5 brights of the Nyangtu deck, featuring cats interposed into the traditional cards.
Jamaistore’s 멍투 (meongtu, ‘woof fight’) deck (2017).


This redesign by Hanako of estudio artes produced the only 3-way standard/Hanafuda/Kabufuda deck that I know of, which is printed on poker-sized cards. There is also a Hanafuda-only deck, in a traditional format.

The 5 Bright cards of the combination Nishiki Fuda deck. The cards from A–10 have Japanese numerals for use as Kabufuda cards.
The 5 Bright cards of the standard Nishiki Fuda deck.

용쟁화투 Yongjaeng Hwatoo

Yongjaeng Hwatoo produce hwatu decks in three varieties: Classic, Cute, and Style (pictured below). These designs have been produced in several editions over the years.

The five Bright cards of the Yongjaeng Hwatoo Style deck (2017).


Japanese paper design house Cochae produces Kokoyo (2019), a deck with bold, crisp visuals and faces on everything. The cards are coded by background colour so that Bright cards have a gold background, Tane have silver, etc.

The 5 Bright cards of the Cochae Kokoyo deck (2019). The backgrounds are a metallic gold colour, which doesn’t show up well here.


Junior have produced a ground-up redesign of Hanafuda into a poker format deck, printed by USPCC. The different kinds of cards have different backgrounds and all are identified by suit marker indices, which helps to clarify the cards for new players.

The 5 Bright cards of the Junior Hanafuda deck (2019).

To fill out the full 54 cards of a standard poker deck, there are an additional 6 ‘bamboo’ cards including an additional Fuji Bright and second Oni card:

The additional ‘Bamboo’ suit of the Junior “Phoenix” Hanafuda deck.