Gorgeous, illustrated Japanese fireworks catalogs from the early 1900s


#1

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#2

Looks like hanafuda cards. Somebody should make a Tarot of them!


#3

Similar illustrations were used in the title sequence of Takeshi Kitano’s Hana Bi iirc, I haven’t watched it in a long time. One of my all time favourite films.


#4

My immediate thought. Explodomancy!


#5

I cast a taco bell +10.


#6

These cards inspired a dynamite cooperative card game - Hanabi. You have to assemble the best fireworks display with your fellow players, but you can only see everyone else’s cards, not your own. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanabi_(card_game)


#7

Although the explodomancer needs to be quick to give his/her foremost clients the best reading, and only works at night, to get the most accurate forecasts.


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