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Koinobori Hanafuda & Playing Cards | Plastic! by IndianWolf Studios LLC IndianWolf Studios LLC
✿ Available in two formats: Thick Plastic Mini Hanafuda! EPCC Classic Finish Poker-Sized Fusion! Bonus game booklets! Kawaii koi pouch!

Project story

Hello everyone! Welcome to our project! If you haven’t met us yet, we are Jason and Antonietta, a husband and wife team with a passion for game design, art, and creativity! We are excited to introduce our latest project, Koinobori Hanafuda and Koinobori Fusion playing cards!

Koinobori is a playful deck series that Antonietta was inspired to create in response to the trying times that the world is going through. A positive creative project to both lift her own spirits and to bring a smile to others.

The theme is koinobori. Koinobori are carp streamers/windsocks that are traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Children’s Day. Why carp? Because they are strong willed and spirited fish. (Sound like any children you know?) (^_~)

So, here it is, a cute, colorful, and cheerful deck series about the celebration of children, hope for the future, and a reminder to fight the currents and keep on swimming!   >^)))彡
Koinobori is available in two formats: Hanafuda and Fusion.

After our other successful hanafuda and fusion deck projects, we had a lot of fans ask us if we were planning a more traditionally sized plastic hanafuda deck. Well, here it is, we listened to your requests and are happy to announce that our Koinobori Hanafuda deck will feature mini-sized plastic cards!

Plastic, durable, and that satisfying ‘snap’ when you throw down those cards! (^_^)
And, for those who love our classic fusion decks, our Koinobori Fusion deck will feature EPCC’s Classic Finish poker-sized cards.

Play all of your favorite games with one deck! Our Fusion deck is a multipurpose hanafuda/poker deck that can be used to play both Eastern and Western games. With standard poker indices, hanafuda imagery, and custom indices, the Fusion deck is also a great deck for learning and teaching hanafuda!
As a special bonus, Koinobori Hanafuda and Koinobori Fusion will also include a full color booklet with the rules for a fun new game that we created! Each format includes its own unique game!!

Deck Features

Koinobori Hanafuda:

  • 54 uniquely illustrated cards 
  • Full-bleed art! 
  • Each month forms a connected scene
  • Unique card color for each month for easy month identification.
  • Playful original artwork by Antonietta 
  • First Edition - Limited Print Quantity 
  • Plastic! Durable and that satisfying ‘snap’ when you play your cards! 
  • Mini Size (1.75in x 2.5in) (44mm x 63mm) 
  • 0.76mm Thickness (about the thickness of a bank card!) 
  • Textured card backs!
  • Two-Piece Box
  • Printed by Panda Game Manufacturing (PandaGM) 
  • Bonus booklet for Capture the Flag, a fun twist on capture games! 2 players.
Koinobori Fusion:

  • 54 uniquely illustrated cards 
  • Full-bleed art! 
  • Each month/rank forms a connected scene
  • Cute original artwork by Antonietta 
  • First Edition - Limited Print Quantity 
  • Standard Poker Size (2.5in x 3.5in) (63mm x 88mm) 
  • Poker Indices & our Hanafuda Fusion Indices  
  • Unique card color for each month for easy month identification.
  • Can be used to play both Eastern & Western games 
  • Printed by Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC) 
  • Classic Finish (premium playing card stock with linen finish) 
  • Custom Sideways Tuck!
  • Holographic effect Foil on Tuck (Colorful shiny awesomeness!) 
  • Smooth Synthetic Tuck Stock! (Soft and durable!) 
  • Bonus booklet for Chaffs & Grains, a precision trick-taking game! 2-4 players. (Up to 8 with 2 decks).

Bonus Booklets

Every Koinobori Hanafuda deck will include a 28-page, 2.5” x 3.5”, saddle-stitched, full-color rule booklet for Capture the Flag.

Capture the Flag is an exciting 2-player capture game that we designed. Push your luck while fighting for control of the flags, but be careful, your captured cards aren’t safe from your opponent.
Every Koinobori Fusion deck will include a 24-page, 2.5” x 3.5”, saddle-stitched, full-color rule booklet for Chaffs & Grains.

Chaffs & Grains is a strategic precision trick-taking game that we designed. A fun bidding game that can be played with 2-4 people (or up to 8 with two decks).

The Hanafuda Deck

What is hanafuda?

Hanafuda (known in Korea as ‘Hwatu’) are pipless, symbolism-rich, floral-themed playing cards that are popular in Japan, Korea, and Hawaii.

Hanafuda decks have 12 suits. Each suit is represented by a month of the year (e.g. June) and each month is represented by a flower (e.g. peony).

Hanafuda can be used to play numerous games, including traditional classics such as Koi-Koi, Hachi-Hachi (88), Go-Stop, and many many more.

Traditional hanafuda are typically smaller and thicker than Western playing cards. They are even smaller than mini cards. Koinobori Hanafuda will be printed on mini-sized cards. Mini cards are smaller than poker cards and just a bit larger than traditional hanafuda.

The Fusion Deck

Our Fusion deck is a familiar poker-sized deck that combines standard poker indices, hanafuda imagery, and our custom-designed hanafuda indices into a multipurpose deck that can be used to play both Eastern and Western games.
Unique card color for each month for easy month identification.

The card ranks correspond to the hanafuda months (A = January, 2 = February, 3 = March, and so on). Our hanafuda indices indicate the type of each card (Bright, Ten, Ribbon, or Chaff).

These helpful indices also make the Fusion deck a great way to learn and teach hanafuda.

Koinobori Fusion Uncut Sheet
Due to the very limited number of uncut sheets, the uncut sheet add-on will be available as an add-on during the Pledge Manager. (See Addons section below for more details.)

Only a very limited number of uncut sheets will be available.

An uncut sheet is a full deck of cards pulled straight from the printing press,  before cutting, for you to frame and hang on your wall. Uncut sheets  are not posters. Various printer markings will be present.

Uncut Sheets will be tubed and shipped by Gambler’s Warehouse.

Uncut sheets are extremely rare and a great item for collectors.

Koi Pouch

Cute koi drawstring pouch! Your choice of color! Available as an add-on. (See Addons Section for more details.)

150mm x 230mm (6 in x 9 in ) custom koi-shape microfiber cloth pouch with two drawstrings and plastic closures. Limited to 250 of each color.

Want a family of koi? Get all four! (-_^) Additional discounts on a set of 4!

Did you know? The colors of the koinobori have meaning. Black represents the father, red the mother, and blue and green the children of the family.

Interested in Learning Hanafuda?

Hanafuda Games is a comprehensive 37-game, 236-page, color rulebook available for purchase online.

Can I play any of the games in your rulebook with these decks?
Yes, any of our decks can be used to play all of the games in either Hanafuda Games rulebook.

Is the text content between the two editions the same?
The text content of the two editions of our rulebook are virtually the same, the only major difference is the art. The Hanami Edition features the art of our Hanami deck series and the Sensu Edition features the art of our Sensu series.

Are these the first edition rulebooks?
Yes. These are the same editions that were released with the original Hanami and Sensu decks. A revised edition may come in the future, but not at this time. We do however have an eratta available on our website.

Note: We are always trying to improve our products. We are always happy for an extra set of eyes. If you find an error in the book or would like us to consider a new house rule, please send us a message on our website. Thank you!!

Are you offering a Koinobori Edition of the Hanafuda Games Rulebook?
Not at this time. We are considering a new edition of the rulebook in the future and there is a possibility that it will feature art from Koinobori. However, there are only two of us and we have other projects that are taking precedence first.

Are you offering your Hanafuda Games Rulebook as an Add-on?
No. Unfortunately, since the books are print on demand, it is too costly to offer them as an Add-on.

However, our books are available in print from Barnes & Noble and Amazon (remember to choose shipped and sold by Amazon) and in digital from AppleBooks. One benefit of purchasing from these trusted sellers is that they often offer free shipping!

If you are from a country that does not have the print versions available to you, feel free to send us a message and we will see what we can do!

Printing, Shipping, & Fulfillment

We want you to feel confident that your rewards will be manufactured and shipped to you with care. We will be using highly rated and professionally trusted partners for our manufacturing and fulfillment
Expert Playing Card Company (EPCC) is well known in the playing card industry for their innovation and supreme quality playing cards.
Panda Game Manufacturing is a world renowned tabletop game manufacturer. They focus on industry-leading component quality and service, and are responsible for producing thousands of tabletop game titles.
Gambler’s Warehouse is a trusted, all in-house crowdfunding project fulfillment center with years of experience in order processing and the packaging and shipment of playing cards. They are well known in the crowdfunding community for their speed of delivery and exceptional care of the items that are being handled.

International backers are responsible for any customs duties, taxes, or other fees that packages may be subject to at the time of delivery.

We will be using Gamefound as the Pledge Manager after the campaign ends to collect shipping and VAT.

IMPORTANT: Shipping and VAT will be charged via Gamefound after the campaign ends. Charging shipping after the campaign allows us to more accurately charge shipping and to keep the funding goal lower. Please see the shipping chart below for information and estimates about your shipping region.

IMPORTANT: Any rewards being sent to the EU and/or UK will be charged applicable VAT/GST via Gamefound after the campaign ends.
Shipping includes tracking to most locations - see F.A.Q. for a full list of locations.

About Us

Hello! (^_^)

IndianWolf Studios is a two-person indie studio that creates board games, card games, playing cards, and digital games.

If you haven’t met us yet, we are Jason and Antonietta Johnson, a husband and wife team with a passion for game design, art, and creativity!

Jason is an experienced freelance professional and a game enthusiast.

Antonietta is a professional artist, illustrator, and designer.

Together, we are a great team! \(^_^)/

We are excited to continue our journey creating more projects and games with the growing support of our amazing backers and fans.

Welcome and thank you for joining us on our journey!!!

What experience do we have?

We have successfully launched and fulfilled multiple crowdfunding projects. We performed many roles and acquired many skills during the process:
  • Designing, developing, and coordinating projects.
  • Acquiring partnerships with manufacturers and fulfillment partners.
  • Raising funds.
  • Fielding, resolving, ensuring, and forging strong communication with our customers.
  • Writing, editing, and proofreading products, communications, and content.
  • Being creative and innovative.
  • And so much more…

Team of two. What does that mean?

We are dedicated to, involved in, invested in, and oversee every step of our project.

Since we are involved in all the work, it means that we might be a little slower in getting out new releases than larger companies. However, it also means that:
  • We treat every step and every release with love and care so that we can bring our best to our supporters.
  • We sincerely and personally listen and respond to each and every one of you. (And we love receiving messages and feedback from you).
  • We are learning/improving and growing every day!

Future Projects

We have a lot of fun projects in the works! Here are a few of our upcoming projects:
  •  Night Parade: A Yokai Cleansing Word Game. A strategic game for word lovers!
  •  Sweet Spot. A sweet donut-themed trick-taking game!

The best way to stay up to date on our future releases is to join our mailing list. (^_^)

Share the Love (˶ᵔ ᵕ ᵔ˶ )-♡~(˶ᵔ ᵕ ᵔ˶ )

Our projects are made possible through the support and enthusiasm of our fans and backers. 

The best way to ensure that Koinobori succeeds is to share this project with everyone you can! Spread the word on your social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, BoardGameGeek, blogs, everywhere, etc.

We are truly grateful to each and every one of you for your support!!

Thank you! (˶ᵔ ᵕ ᵔ˶ )-♡~(˶ᵔ ᵕ ᵔ˶ )

Thank You!

We are grateful to all our backers for their support and enthusiasm.

Gamefound is an amazing platform that helps small indie companies and individuals like us present their ideas to the world and get the funding needed to bring those ideas to fruition.

Your pledges will not only bring this project to fruition, they will also help pave the way for future releases from IndianWolf Studios LLC.

✧─=≡Σ((( つ•̀ω•́)つ Thank you for your support!!!

Jason & Antonietta

Risks & Challenges

This will be our sixth successful crowdfunding project. We are working with industry leaders to manufacture and fulfill your decks.

That said, all projects have inherent risks. We have gained experience with our previous projects, done our research, and have planned for common issues. While this will minimize any issues that we may encounter, problems can still occur. IndianWolf Studios LLC will do its best to resolve any issues that may come our way.

Some aspects of the project are a new venture for us. Remember, like all crowdfunding projects, this is a process and details are subject to change. As always, we will do our best to deliver a great product.

As backers ourselves, we understand the importance of communication and will keep you updated about any problems or delays that occur.

We are committed to making this work as we have many future projects that depend on the support of backers like you.

Thank you for your trust in us.


We are 95% done with the deck art & design. We can begin manufacturing as soon as the project completes and funds are received.

We will be using reliable manufacturing and fulfillment partners. However, given the complexity of manufacturing and world-wide distribution, delays can occur.

We are conservative with our shipping estimates. In the event that a delay occurs, we will be open and communicative to our backers.


Images shown are prototypes and mockups.

By pledging to the project, you acknowledge that the final product, including appearance, materials, and other content, exclusivity, and availability, are subject to change and may differ from what was presented while the project was active.

This is a process, not a pre-order, all pledges are final once the campaign has ended. However, we understand that things happen, so contact us if you have any problems and we will see what we can do.

It is your responsibility to provide us with a correct address in a timely manner, to ensure that the provided address is deliverable by normal methods and standard regional postal services, and that title and risk passes to you upon delivery to a common carrier for such shipment. Further, you agree that you are responsible for import duties or any other duties, taxes, or fees that may be payable to complete delivery of your items.

We will be using the Gamefound Pledge Manager after the campaign ends to complete your pledge. All backers must complete/confirm their pledge via the Pledge Manager. This includes the payment of shipping (for all backers) and any applicable VAT/GST (for EU & UK backers).

If you do not confirm/complete your pledge within 4 weeks of our notification via email to confirm your pledge, you agree that we have fulfilled our obligations to you in full for payment or donations received. However, we may, at our discretion, refund (minus Gamefound fees and processing fees) or ship your pledge if you contact us and confirm your pledge after the 4 week window has elapsed. All pledges which are finalized after the deadline (i.e. late) will ship from the United States, and will incur additional shipping costs and delays depending on your location.

Thank you for your understanding.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.