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Ukiyoe Deck

Koji Furuta's Ukiyoe Tarot deck is a Japanese adaptation of the old Marseille imagery, featuring the Ukiyoe or "floating world" style of artwork that originated in mid-1600s Japan. Learn More

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Ukiyoe Tarot Deck

Major Arcana

The Fool Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Fool
The Magician Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Magician
The High Priestess Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The High Priestess
The Empress Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Empress
The Emperor Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Emperor
The Hierophant Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Hierophant
The Lovers Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Lovers
The Chariot Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Chariot
Strength Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Strength
The Hermit Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Hermit
Wheel of Fortune Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Wheel of Fortune
Justice Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Justice
The Hanged Man Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Hanged Man
Death Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Death
Temperance Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Temperance
The Devil Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Devil
The Tower Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Tower
The Star Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Star
The Moon Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Moon
The Sun Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The Sun
Judgement Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Judgement
The World Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
The World

The Wands

Ace of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Ace of Wands
Two of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Two of Wands
Three of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Three of Wands
Four of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Four of Wands
Five of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Five of Wands
Six of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Six of Wands
Seven of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Seven of Wands
Eight of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Eight of Wands
Nine of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Nine of Wands
Ten of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Ten of Wands
Page of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Page of Wands
Knight of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Knight of Wands
Queen of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Queen of Wands
King of Wands Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
King of Wands

The Cups

Ace of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Ace of Cups
Two of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Two of Cups
Three of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Three of Cups
Four of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Four of Cups
Five of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Five of Cups
Six of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Six of Cups
Seven of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Seven of Cups
Eight of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Eight of Cups
Nine of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Nine of Cups
Ten of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Ten of Cups
Page of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Page of Cups
Knight of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Knight of Cups
Queen of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Queen of Cups
King of Cups Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
King of Cups

The Swords

Ace of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Ace of Swords
Two of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Two of Swords
Three of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Three of Swords
Four of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Four of Swords
Five of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Five of Swords
Six of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Six of Swords
Seven of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Seven of Swords
Eight of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Eight of Swords
Nine of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Nine of Swords
Ten of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Ten of Swords
Page of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Page of Swords
Knight of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Knight of Swords
Queen of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Queen of Swords
King of Swords Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
King of Swords

The Coins

Ace of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Ace of Pentacles (Coins)
Two of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Two of Pentacles (Coins)
Three of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Three of Pentacles (Coins)
Four of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Four of Pentacles (Coins)
Five of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Five of Pentacles (Coins)
Six of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Six of Pentacles (Coins)
Seven of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Seven of Pentacles (Coins)
Eight of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Eight of Pentacles (Coins)
Nine of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Nine of Pentacles (Coins)
Ten of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Ten of Pentacles (Coins)
Page of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Page of Pentacles (Coins)
Knight of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Knight of Pentacles (Coins)
Queen of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
Queen of Pentacles (Coins)
King of Pentacles Tarot card in Ukiyoe deck
King of Pentacles (Coins)

About the Ukiyoe Deck

For many years, I have admired the beauty and simplicity of Ukiyoe art, with its handsome figures, casual poses, striking colors and nobility of style. At every opportunity—when answering inquiries sent to U.S. Games Systems from artists interested in submitting samples of their work or when meeting Japanese visitors—I have asked if anyone knew of a talented artist whose work embraced the Ukiyoe style and who might be willing to undertake the arduous task of preparing 78 designs for a Tarot deck.

A number of artists submitted examples of their work, but for one reason or another, the samples did not seem entirely suitable. The cards I envisioned for the Ukiyoe Tarot deck had to combine the artistry of the “floating world" with the traditional symbolism of the Tarot.

Finally, in February 1980, I came in contact with Minoru Shigeta and Y. Nakagawa of Angel Playing Card Manufacturing Co. Ltd. Through their kind efforts and cooperation it was possible to commission Koji Furuta to execute the designs for the Ukiyoe Tarot deck. Starting with sketches and corrected paintings, the Ukiyoe designs slowly evolved into a complete Tarot deck, printed in 1982 in Japan by Angel Playing Card Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and published by U. S. Games Systems, Inc.

The original artwork for each Ukiyoe Tarot card measures approximately seven inches by ten inches and is owned by the Stuart and Marilyn R. Kaplan Playing Card Collection. It is probably a fair observation that many new ideas are never followed through to completion. Fortunately, the beauty of the Ukiyoe Tarot deck has seen fruition. It is my hope that the imagery of the Ukiyoe Tarot cards, with its mastery of line, color and composition, will evoke as much feeling of admiration and enjoyment for you, the reader, as they do for me. If so, then clearly the deck will have justified the efforts of artist and publisher during the past two years.