Tsuki Narabe [月ならべ, ‘month line-up’] is a simple draw-and-discard Hanafuda game for 3-4 players, designed to make players more familiar with the hanafuda month sequence.
This game requires familiarity with the sequence of the months.
All 48 cards of hanafuda are used.
The goal is for a player to have 5 cards in hand whose month numbers are in sequential order.
The month sequence loops: A december card may be followed by a January card. (Example: November, December, January, February, March)
Decide first who will be the dealer using any method you prefer.
Dealer shuffles and deals 4 cards to each player. The rest of the deck is placed face-down on the table as the draw pile.
Starting with the dealer counter-clockwise, each player draws a card from the draw pile and adds it to their hand. Then the player discards a card from their hand which they do not need. Turn passes to the next player.
Once a player has 4 cards in month sequence (example: May, June, July, August), then the player continues their turns as normal until they could draw a card that completes the month sequence (regarding the previous example, this would either be an April or a September card). When they do, they reveal their hand to other players and declare victory.