Many writers and creative types have little habits they engage in when they need to think. Some shoot hoops, others go for a walk and so on. I shuffle cards. I keep five decks of cards at my desk for this sole purpose. Whenever I’m thinking through an article or a tricky passage, or I simply need to come up with something to write about, I’ll shuffle my cards.
Just tonight I sat down to do some writing practice, started shuffling my cards and thought, “Well there you go. I’ll write about my cards.” Without further ado, here are the “thinking cards” I keep at my desk.
Moekana Basic Japanese Learning Cards from Culture Japan (1st edition)
I have a lifelong and undying fascination with Japanese culture. It’s my life’s dream to visit Japan. Recently I found the website Culture Japan, which focuses on Japanese pop culture. Its founder, Danny Choo, is an amazing guy who has developed, among other things, these cool cards. They use super cute illustrations to teach the basic Japanese syllabary: hiragana. They’re super kawaii, if you’re into that sort of thing (I am).
Moekana Basic Japanese Learing Cards from Culture Japan (2nd edition)
While the first set teaches hiragana, this deck adds katakana, some new illustrations and a new design. Oh, how I love them so. The re-desigin of the second edition (right) is lovely.
These are simply gorgeous. Each card has a different illustration, style, mood and feel. The cards themselves are especially slick so they’re fun to slide around in my hands. Note that I don’t riffle shuffle this deck, as I want to keep it in nice condition.
This deck was a Kickstarter project that I backed about a year ago. When they arrived I was quite thrilled. The original artwork is just beautiful and the overall theming is great. As with The Ultimate Deck, the Captains Deck feels great in the hand.
I received these as a Christmas gift last year and they’re so beautiful it makes my brain hurt. That joker card especially. Oh man I just love it so much. This deck is sold out for now, so bug Aaron to make more.