A lush and whimsical 78-card tarot deck illustrated in watercolor by A Miyako M.
"Botan" in Japanese (written 牡丹) means "peony", which is the flower prominently featured on the back design of the tarot deck as well as on several cards. In Japanese flower language, peonies represent bravery. Botan is also a play on the word "botanical", as the deck incorporates the use of Japanese flower language and other plant imagery throughout the deck.
Within this deck, you will find both the 22-card Major Arcana (painted in 2017) and the 56-card Minor Arcana (painted in 2019). The Major Arcana is contemporary in design, with influences from Art Nouveau, Japanese flower language, and the creator's family history. The Minor Arcana uses the same aesthetic, with folktale characters reimagined, symbolism in elements, plants, and animals, and cohesive colour stories.
Addi Miyako is an artist and illustrator who draws inspiration from nature, Japanese folklore, and the feminine. Addi says this about the name of the deck: "Botan is a tribute to the space and memory in which I painted this deck - there is an old-fashioned Japanese candy called Botan Rice Candy, which I remember my grandmother giving to me as a child. The deck was painted entirely in the dining room of my grandmother's home, and the Minor Arcana specifically draws inspiration from the Japanese children's stories that she used to read to me."
You can find more of Addi's beautiful work on her website.
- 78 card tarot deck
- 2.75" by 4.75" cards printed on 310 gsm cardstock with linen finish and rounded corners
- Full colour guide-booklet
- Deck and booklet presented in a lovely two piece drawer-style keepsake box
The Botan Tarot Anthology Zine, sold separately, is a companion guide to the Botan Tarot that gives an in-depth look at the imagery and meaning behind the artwork.