We are going to hold a report session on the first Sri Lanka ‘Karuta’ Project completed in Galle last October.
Kauta is a traditional Japanese card game with an educational theme such as geography, literature.
We, a team of 6 Japanese visitors, traveled to Sacred Heart Junior School on their Children’s Day and
helped the grade 5 girls create their original version of karuta cards themed around Japan and Sri Lanka.
They also had fun playing karuta using their own cards.
On the session you will not only learn about our project but also have a chance to play karuta by
using the cards created by the girls in Galle.
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See the karuta picture cards created by grade 5 children in Gall. They are about
Galle Bell Tower
Dambulla cave temple
The Ruwanwelisaya Stupa
On Saturday, 14th July we held the 2nd Poland Karuta workshop in Nishiogikubo, Suginami, Tokyo, organized by Suginami Karuta Project, a member of Karuta 2020 project team. The total 10 people, many of participants were the Suginami locals, worked together. First we learned various aspects of Polish culture through presentation by a Polish student. Then each of us chose one subject, drew the picture and created the lines. Finally we enjoyed playing karuta with the new cards.
Here is the completed karuta cards.
Now you can see all karuta cards created with the winning works of Creative Karuta Awards 2017.
We have just completed Creative Karuta Award ceremony last Saturday with the winners and their family/friends from 5 countries such as Hong Kong, Japan, Russia Federation, Singapore, Sri Lanka. After the ceremony we enjoyed playing karuta with the Global Karuta 2017 while appreciating all original winning artworks exhibited on the venue.
After the ceremony we had a Karuta workshop themed around Russia. First we learned various cultural items of Russian through presentation of a guest speaker Eva who lives in Japan to study Japanese language. Then each of them got a topic to write a clue text and draw the picture. In the end we played karuta with the new cards and the winners got a prize to choose.
On Sunday, 26th November we held Thailand Karuta Workshop in Asagaya, Tokyo as an approved commemorative event of the 130th anniversary of Japan-Thailand diplomatic relations with 11 participants including a Singapore student.
First they learned 19 various topics on Thailand through presentation by a Thai guest speaker. For example the topics are; Thai greeting, food and festival, music instrument, sport and then traditional Thai house and beaches.
Then each participant chose 1 topic to write the clue in English, Japanese and draw the picture.
In the end we had 3 karuta games using the new cards.For the first game we used clue cards in Japanese and then English clue cards for the 2nd game. For the final game we mixed up cards in Japanese and English to make the game more challenging. The winning team was given a miniature karuta cards by the leader of Suginami Karuta Project.
According to their questionnaires we collected all of them felt worthwhile participating in the workshop. They put “It was nice to learn about Thailand”, “it was interesting to learn new culture”, “self-thinking tasks increased my deeper understanding on Thail culture.” so it is clear that the workshop provided them with a lot of learning.
This was the first time to offer a creative karuta workshop through presentation by an international guest speaker. One of the participants commented as “The clear presentation on Thailand made creating cards very fun” so we think the workshop became more successful with the guest presentation.
This time we created the 12 pairs of clue and answer cards among 26 pairs. So we would like to hold another Thai Karuta workshop to complete 26 pairs of karuta cards. Please join us.
Sherbourne primary school, Australia reported on their receipt of Creative Karuta Award 2016 in their website at http://www.sherbps.vic.edu.au/japanese-karuta-award-for-sherbourne/.