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Japanese ancient game from Heian period (794~1185), Kai awase 貝合わせ - shell matching game

Japanese ancient game from Heian period (794~1185), Kai awase 貝合わせ - shell matching game

Handpainted shellwork chopstick rest

Handpainted shellwork chopstick rest

Doll Festival, Japan

Doll Festival, Japan

Painted shells for "Kai-awase" game - "Kai-awase" is a shell-matching game which was popular with court aristocrats during the Heian period.

Painted shells for "Kai-awase" game - "Kai-awase" is a shell-matching game which was popular with court aristocrats during the Heian period.

清水焼 四季の花貝形箸置

清水焼 四季の花貝形箸置

kai awase shells: each half of a pair holds the image and lines of a classical poem - the aim is to find the other half, face down, from the tiny markings and lines on each shell, and match it to its twin, completing the poem.

kai awase shells: each half of a pair holds the image and lines of a classical poem - the aim is to find the other half, face down, from the tiny markings and lines on each shell, and match it to its twin, completing the poem.

shell-matching game popular with court aristocrats during the Heian period

shell-matching game popular with court aristocrats during the Heian period

林 美木子 | 作家 | ギャラリー 桜の木

林 美木子 | 作家 | ギャラリー 桜の木

Kaiawase or clam shell matching game.

Kaiawase or clam shell matching game.


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Japanese ancient game, Kai awase 貝合わせ - shell matching game

Japanese ancient game, Kai awase 貝合わせ - shell matching game

Kaiawase -box-    Kaiawase is a shell-matching game played originally by nobles in the Heian period in Japan.  It's similar to the card game “concentration”.

Kaiawase -box- Kaiawase is a shell-matching game played originally by nobles in the Heian period in Japan. It's similar to the card game “concentration”.

Painted clam shell of 貝あわせ (Kai-awase) - traditional Japanese matching game.

Painted clam shell of 貝あわせ (Kai-awase) - traditional Japanese matching game.

Close up of Kai-Awase box base. These decorative shells represent the actual game pieces, (clam shells painted with images from works of Japan’s classic literature). These were laid face down on a playing surface, and contestants would then alternate in overturning pairs of shells to find matching images (if images did not match, the shells were again turned face down). Since many images were similar, the true test of a match was whether or not shell halves fit together. #japan #games…

Close up of Kai-Awase box base. These decorative shells represent the actual game pieces, (clam shells painted with images from works of Japan’s classic literature). These were laid face down on a playing surface, and contestants would then alternate in overturning pairs of shells to find matching images (if images did not match, the shells were again turned face down). Since many images were similar, the true test of a match was whether or not shell halves fit together. #japan #games…

Kaiawase are painted clam shells used for a shell matching .

Kaiawase are painted clam shells used for a shell matching .

kai-awase was a really neat looking matching game that was played in period. (now I know what to do with the clam shells I found, saweet!)    Link to site:  http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/miscellany.html

kai-awase was a really neat looking matching game that was played in period. (now I know what to do with the clam shells I found, saweet!) Link to site: http://www.sengokudaimyo.com/miscellany/miscellany.html

Pair of Kai-awase matching shells. Kai-awase is a shell matching game that dates back to the Heian period, and was popular among royalty and nobles. It is similar to the card game Concentration.

Pair of Kai-awase matching shells. Kai-awase is a shell matching game that dates back to the Heian period, and was popular among royalty and nobles. It is similar to the card game Concentration.

Kaiawase -

Kaiawase -

Kaiawase - Bing Images

Kaiawase - Bing Images

Two Japanese Painted Clam Shells Edo Period Matching shells game kaiawase

Two Japanese Painted Clam Shells Edo Period Matching shells game kaiawase

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