Menko: Art of the Japanese Game Card

    (Mark Batty, 2010)
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Literally meaning “small object with a face,” the game of menko has existed in Japan for over 250 years. Children throw a card against another in an effort to flip it or knock it out of a ring. The earliest figures depicted on menko pieces were ninjas and samurai; later fighter jets and tanks became popular. As outside influences were imposed on Japan, menko cards reflected Western culture. Menko: Art of the Japanese Game Card documents the graphic history of this traditional pastime, which was the inspiration for the wildly popular Pog.

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