Derakkusu ban Hihou Tarot

As the daylight grow shorter and colder and the contemplative nights grow longer, I find great pleasure and treasure in looking through my Tarot collection for hidden gems.  I plan on posting some of my favorites re-discoveries here.

The Derakkusu ban Hihou Tarot is truly one of those treasures.  This is a deck first published in Tokyo, Japan in 1991, with delicate yet striking artwork in the major arcana and court cards. The minor arcana are simple geometric arrangements of the suit symbols.

The artwork is either by Kazumi Niikura (per the box cover), or by Mondo Oki and Mei Unasaka (per the companion book and per the Encyclopedia of Tarot, vol. III).  One source to obtain the Derakussu deck is the Sasuga Japanese Bookstore.

Here are some wonderful samples of the cards:

Derakkusu, Death and The Devil

Derakkusu, Death and The Devil

Derakkusu, Page of Wands and Knight of Cups

Derakkusu, Page of Wands and Knight of Cups

Derakkusu, Queen of Swords and Knight of Pentacles

Derakkusu, Queen of Swords and King of Pentacles

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Art and images are copyright by the respective artists who created them, and may not be reproduced without permission from the artists.

2 Responses to “Derakkusu ban Hihou Tarot”

  1. November 30, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Gorgeous images here and throughout your site. I’ll add you to my blogroll immediately. Thanks for sharing.

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