日本での一年間

April 30, 2009

Kyoto (Nintendo)

Filed under: Domestic, Kansai, Trips — myyearinjapan @ 10:51 pm

You may have heard of a Japanese company called Nintendo (任天堂株式会社). Nintendo is famous for it’s video games. Both it’s game consoles, like the currently popular Wii, and portable game systems, like the Nintendo DS. But you might not know that Nintendo was started in 1889. So, if the company began that long ago, what could they have been doing back before video games? The answer: making playing cards. More specifically, a type of Japanese playing cards with flowers printed on them called hanafuda. The old building of the Nintendo playing card company is still standing in the middle of Kyoto. (The current headquarters of Nintendo is a little bit outside of the city in a bigger, more modern building.)

Nintendo company building

Nintendo company building

Nintendo playing card company

Nintendo playing card company

Nintendo playing card company sign in Japanese. One interesting thing is that the name is read right to left, instead of left to right as it would be written if this sign were made today. It makes this sign look old fashioned

Nintendo playing card company sign in Japanese. One interesting thing is that the name is read right to left, instead of left to right as it would be written if this sign were made today. It makes this sign look old fashioned. Only one word on the sign is read left to right, the word on the upper left side which says "(western) playing cards."

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