Japanicana is, thus, the Japanese version of Americana. Classic American things done Japanese. In America, in the late 1940s through 1960s, the Golden Age of baseball brought about the Golden Age of baseball card collecting. Across the Pacific Ocean, professional baseball was exploding in popularity along with a new youth base which wanted toys to play with related to their interests.
Enter: baseball kites. Very thin paper with small sticks to hold them in a flag shape.
Even Santa Claus had to get in on this party, though here he looks a little more like a sad old Asian man than jolly old St. Nick.
I really didn't know what I was getting when I bought these off YJA, as I got them from the same seller as the last two menko sets I posted about. I thought they might be some sort of die-cut menko, but these are so much cooler than most menko.
As usual, I don't know anything else about them - issue date, original cost, etc, so any information is gladly welcome!