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The Shuji Terayama / Usuki Nanami Tarot
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 Posted: Tue Feb 1st, 2011 05:57 am
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This last weekend I was astonishingly lucky enough to win a copy of what may be the rarest of all the early Japanese tarots (although really a conventional tarot in name only), the fabled Shuji Terayama / Usuki Nanami Tarot. There's quite a bit of info about this deck from roppo in this thread, but briefly, it was conceptualized by Shuji Terayama, a poet, dramatist, writer, film director, and photographer who is often credited as being the foremost Japanese avant-garde artist of his time. It was drawn by the illustrator Nanami Usuki and issued in an edition of 50 copies in 1974.

I never imagined I'd encounter one of these. Not only were there only 50 copies produced, most of which were reportedly distributed to Teraryama's friends and co-artists, but they are now sought after in Japan not only by tarot collectors, but also by Terayama fans, who most likely vastly outnumber tarot collectors.

I won't actually have it in my hands for a few weeks, but in the meantime, here are pictures from the seller.

(Totally gratuitous tidbit for Stereolab fans: Terayama's 1971 film Emperor Tomato Ketchup is the source of the title of their 1996 album.)

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 Posted: Tue Feb 1st, 2011 08:55 am
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Wow. And congratulations. And thank you for posting about one I don't feel impelled to rush out and buy - it being basically unobtainable !

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 Posted: Tue Feb 1st, 2011 12:34 pm
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What a great find! Congratulations! :ok. And thanks for sharing.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 1st, 2011 04:24 pm
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What an astounding deck! Thanks for sharing.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 1st, 2011 04:42 pm
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Such extraordinary titles on the cards! Will you be able to work out which is which? And will you try the week-long  fortune-telling? Please let us know the outcome if you do!

Very interesting - thanks for sharing. 

Pen

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 Posted: Tue Feb 1st, 2011 07:29 pm
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goldenweb wrote:
Such extraordinary titles on the cards! Will you be able to work out which is which? And will you try the week-longĀ  fortune-telling? Please let us know the outcome if you do!
Luckily, since arabic numerals are included on the cards, I can match up roppo's translations with the individual cards. The intriguing-sounding week-long fortune-telling (three hyphenated words in a row!) will require my finding someone willing and able to translate. I'm really curious about that.

gregory wrote:
And thank you for posting about one I don't feel impelled to rush out and buy - it being basically unobtainable !
Well, that's what I thought too until a few days ago, so you're not entirely off the hook.

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 Posted: Tue Feb 1st, 2011 11:07 pm
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Wow, this is FABULOUS!
Congrats!
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A totally fascinating bit of work.

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 Posted: Fri Feb 18th, 2011 04:01 am
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It arrived a few days ago. The box, as was obvious from the photo, is pretty beat up, but the cards, delightfully, are in excellent condition.

Since between roppo's post and the pic above, the trumps are well represented, I thought I'd post a scan of a couple of the "pip" cards. There are ten of them, numbered 1 - 10 in Japanese. These are numbers 1 and 8 (and yes, all of the pip numerations are graphically represented by how many limbs the jaunty creatures have).

Attachment: terayama_pips.jpg (Downloaded 80 times)

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 Posted: Fri Feb 18th, 2011 06:14 am
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Ah, they are clinging to plants.



This is the sort of thing that comes out of traditional Japanese mythology.
There are only a few other decks-from-Japan that I've seen that do that.
(Sakuba's Labirinto.)
I think it's in the atmosphere, and in the serious humor.
It has a certain reality to it that comes from mythological roots, as opposed to what you get from a fictional approach, regardless of how imaginative it may be.
This is a masterwork.

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