Moonprincess Himiko Tarot
I have a friend who has recently started buying Japanese Tarot decks to sell in the United States. Moonprincess Himiko is the first of several decks I procured from her. It is a 78 card deck. The cards measure 2 1/2" X 4 1/2". They are coated with a glossy plastic. The art is excellent. The scenes are very detailed and have a lot of movement. They are also very colorful. The Major Arcana scenes are very loosely based on the traditional, but are more a combination of traditional Japanese art and fantasy art. They have a comic book look. The Major Arcana have the traditional names. The card number is in a top border and the card name is in a bottom border. Strength is VIII and Justice is XI. The suits are Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. The Court consists of King, Queen, Knight and Page. The Minors are pips, though the Aces of each suit have scenes. The people in the images are a mix of Asians and Europeans. The Minor Arcana and Court Cards have the card name in the top and bottom border, though it is written upside down in the top border so that it can be read easily when the card is reversed. The suit symbols are highly detailed, but rather small. Their small size and the fact that they are placed against a plain white background makes them rather look rather uninteresting. The Wands look like drop earrings vice magical tools. The sword scabbard would be difficult to hold due to the decorations it sports and the cups don't look like they would stand too well because their base is not even. The backs feature butterflies on a black background and are reversible. I would guess that there is a story line associated with this deck. Perhaps Moonprincess Himiko is a comic book or cartoon character.
The book that comes with the deck is written in Japanese. It has diagrams showing how to mix the cards and even the proper way to cut and to turn each card over. It appears to have upright and reversed meanings. As I have acquired Japanese decks, I have noticed that their books routinely have a fairly large variety of spreads. This book seems to have the least so far with seven spreads. Some of the layout shapes are quite interesting and made me rather sad that I can not glean even the tiniest idea of what the positions represent. To use this deck, you will have to already be familiar with a set of meanings, as the book is not going to be of any help unless you can read Japanese.
The deck comes in a foam-like well with indentations for putting your fingers in and lifting the deck out, The well is encased in a purple cardboard cover. A slip sleeve case holds both the card well and the book. I recommend this deck for collectors.
See more images from the Moon Princess Himiko Tarot Deck here and here
Images Copyright 1993 Ayumi Kasai