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Learn to play "Koi-Koi", a popular 2-player Japanese card game over 100 years old that uses a special deck of cards called "Hanafuda". Some may recognize hanafuda/koi-koi from the 2009 animated film "Summer Wars" or as the playing cards that Nintendo began manufacturing in 1889, long, long before they entered the video game business.

A deck of Hanafuda contains 48 cards with 12 suits, each represented by a different type of flower (4 cards per suit). In addition to a flower, many cards also have additional elements such as ribbons, animals, or objects which denote their value. Certain combinations of cards called "Yaku" are worth points. Each player begins a round with 8 cards in their hand and 8 cards dealt face up to the field. During their turn, the player must play one card from their hand and one card from the top of the draw pile. Playing a card that is of the same suit/flower as a card on the field allows the player to capture both cards and add them to their collection. Unmatched cards remain on the field.

The object of the game is to capture combinations of cards that form yaku in order to score points. Once a player has completed a yaku, they have the option of calling "Shoubu" to end the round and claim those points OR they may call "Koi-Koi" to continue playing in an effort to complete additional yaku and increase their score. However, if the player's opponent completes a yaku after koi-koi has been called and they decide to end the round, any points that they could have earned from their yaku are lost. Risk versus reward!

As with any card game, an element of luck is involved, but it takes strategy, logic, and a bit of deception in order to win consistently.

I look forward to teaching you how to play!

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