Ono, an inhabitant of Mino (says an ancient Japanese legend of A.D. 545), spent the seasons longing for his ideal of female beauty. He met her one evening on a vast moor and married her. Simultaneously with the birth of their son, Ono’s dog was delivered of a pup which as it grew up became more and more hostile to the lady of the moors. She begged her husband to kill it, but he refused. At last one day the dog attacked her so furiously that she lost courage, resumed vulpine shape, leaped over a fence and fled. “You may be a fox”, Ono called after her, “but you are the mother of my son and I love you. Come back when you please; you will always be welcome”. So every evening she stole back and slept in his arms.
Excerpt from Come and Sleep by the monk Kyoukai, 9th century AD
In Kitsune, we continue to translate and transform the traditional Japanese tattoo art form of Wabori into playing card style, retaining as well as enhancing many of the interesting and delightful features we had in Sumi Playing Cards. The focus of Kitsune centers around the fox spirit, a staple in Japanese folklore. We scoured many different sources of folktales, stories and myths about fox spirits and selected a few well-known ones as sources of inspiration for the characters in the court cards. Kistune continues to serve as a homage to Wabori and faithfully represents the visual nuances and quality that is the hallmark of Japanese traditional tattoo once again, creating a visual playing card masterpiece like no other, a masterpiece that weaves fantastical stories of begone time with modern playing card aesthetics.
- Illustrated by ToK, Illustrator & Graphic designer based in Japan and edited by Card Experiment based in Hong Kong.
- Fully custom pips & courts.
- Cards printed by the United States Playing Card Company. Made in USA.
- Craft Edition Tuck cases made of Premium Cotton Gmund Paper from Germany.
- Letterpressed ink/metallic foiled tuck cases for Craft Edition produced and assembled in Hong Kong.
- Multilevel Embossed tuck cases. (Unlocked at STRETCH GOAL 2)
The card back features the nature motifs in a composition of Mandara and the Logo 墨/Sumi with 稲荷鳥居/Inari-dorii.
Tale Teller Kitsune
Myth Maker Kitsune
Regular edition features Bicycle branded Tuck cases by USPCC. Featuring art of 荼枳尼天の白狐(九尾化) / Ḍākinī's Byakko who turns into nine-tailed Fox. Printed with metallic gold ink on Myth Maker Kitsune Regular Deck.
We are now working closely with a craft letterpress company in Hong Kong for printing of our Craft decks’ tuck cases. Proximity is our advantage. We have worked well with them in some projects and remained in regular and close correspondence to understand and optimize our processes and theirs for smooth production.
The tuck case will be gold foil stamped and letterpressed silver ink on premium cotton paper from Gmund Germany and then embossed (STRETCH GOAL 2).
STRETCH GOAL 1 // HKD$120,000 <UNLOCKED!>
All cards will be printed on Crushed Premium Stock!
STRETCH GOAL 2 // HKD$150,000 <UNLOCKED!>
Multilevel Embossing on Craft edition!
STRETCH GOAL 3 // HKD$200,000 <UNLOCKED!>
Inner tuck printing on Craft edition!
STRETCH GOAL 4 // HKD$230,000 <UNLOCKED!>
Sumi Original Craft Deck. A new deck featuring the design from the original Sumi deck, will be offered with enhancements in terms of better embossing and letterpressing, foil stamping and superior German paper stock.
For add-ons, you need to be already pledging for a reward.
- Click on ‘Manage your pledge’ and under the pledge amount of the reward you pledge, increase the amount accordingly to each of the add-ons price (see below).
- Help us with this process by dropping us a message after you have adjust your pledge to include the add-ons with the details of your add-ons.
- Respond to the post campaign survey asking you for the details of your add-ons. If you have any question, do feel free to drop us a message as well.
*The Bicycle Sumi deck/Sumi Artist/Sumi Grandmaster (featuring dragon art on the front of the tuckcase) are some remaining stocks from the previous Sumi project and is available as add-ons for Sumi Kitsune Backers. They are not a reprint.
Sumi Coin Series 1
Minted in USA. All Sumi Coins will be shipped in clear plastic cases. Both designs are available in Antique Silver, Antique Bronze and Antique Brass Finish.(Antique Copper Finish is sold out unfortunately)
1 Sumi Coin - Add HKD$140 (approx. USD $17.5)
3 Sumi Coins - Add HKD$385 (approx. USD $49)
All 6 Sumi Coins - Add HKD$745 (approx. USD $95)
Sumi Sticker Pack
Risks and challenges
Over the course of several projects in Kickstarter, we have learnt that the major risk for the project would be a delay in production and consequently a delay in fulfilment. Over the course of these projects, we have also incrementally put in place processes as well as work with reliable partners to minimize the delay in production and fulfilment.
USPCC is the premier printer for playing cards with impeccable quality and reliable quality. However, these advantages tend to create a long queue of printing jobs for that. If we get into this queue later than we planned, some delay would definitely be expected. For Sumi Kitsune, we will be working on a just-in-time manner with most of the design details done and confirming the print run as soon as possible after the campaign conclude so that we can get into the queue as soon as we can.
We are now also working closely with a craft letterpress company in Hong Kong for printing of our Craft decks’ tuck cases. Proximity is our advantage. We have worked well with them in some projects and remained in regular and close correspondence to understand and optimize our processes and theirs for smooth production.
Fulfilment wise, we have set up our own dedicated operations for shipping of the decks. As such, the production schedule and fulfilment schedule will be aligned and unnecessary shipping and waiting time will be minimized.
We hope that the above mentioned factors would greatly accelerate the production and fulfilment of the decks once the campaign concluded and is successful. We look forward to your support for Sumi Playing Cards – Kitsune.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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