I live in rural Japan and these are the animals which are part of day-to-day life here, whether as pets or out in nature.
There are two sets of cards. One uses Japanese characters as the words would be written in common daily life, and the other version uses Romaji. There are two backings for the cards that can be used, if you like.
The cards can be used in learning centers as:
a word/picture or word/word matching game
simple "karuta" game
あいうえお (Japanese alphabet) put-in-order activity
conversation cards for a variety of activities