Sri Lanka Karuta Project in Galle: Report Session

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.

See the details 

Sri Lanka Karuta cards

See the karuta picture cards created by grade 5 children in Gall.  They are about 

Adame’s Peak
Galle Bell Tower
Stilt Fisherman 
Ambalangoda Mask
Sigiriya Rock
Dambulla cave temple
The Ruwanwelisaya Stupa
Kandyan dance
Perahera Festival


Sri Lanka Karuta Project in Galle

Last October we were invited by Sacred Heart Convent (Junior School), Galle
Sri Lanka to visit them on the Children’s Day 2018 to introduce Karuta to their
grade 5 children.

We helped them to create their original English version of Karuta cards
themed around Japan, Sri Lanka and played karuta with their own cards.   
Everybody not only children but also teachers and supporting alumni
enjoyed the game with a lot of smiles. 

Just after the project another school invited us to visit them next year and 
our activities were covered by local papers as below.  So I felt sure 
karuta can be a new educational tool to promote understanding 
between the two countries.  



Report: the 2nd Poland Karuta workshop

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.

Report: Karuta Festival 2018

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.


Results of Creative Karuta Award 2017

About Creative Karuta Award 2017

  • This is an Art & Writing Contest to create ‘karuta’, a traditional Japanese card game, themed around “Share the charm of Japan and the world”.
  • Everybody is invited to submit a pair of drawing/painting & phrases expressing their favorite scenes/objects in their home/chosen country.
  • The Award has 4 sections such as Primary children, Secondary students, University students and Working adults.
  • In 2017 We received 449 entries from 19 countries and their topics covers 43 countries.


The results

  • The total 12 works (3 works per section) were selected to win ‘Excellence Award’
  • ‘Special Award’ was newly set up to award additional 14 works because so many high quality works were entered this time.
  • See the below list of winners



  • The winners will be awarded with a set of bilingual karuta cards, ‘Global Karuta 2017’ using the 26 winning works.


Award ceremony

  • Date: Saturday, 10th February 2018 – Time: 1 pm
  • Venue: Ribbon room, Hosoda Komuten
  • Address: 3-35-21 Asagaya Minami, Suginami, Tokyo
  • Access: a few minutes walk from South Exit of Asagaya station, JR Chuo & Sobu line
  • Note: The ceremony will be held as part of Karuta Festival 2018 offering Karuta exhibition, workshops.



  • All winning works will be exhibited on the ‘Karuta Festival 2018’ on 10th February.
  • The works will be also up on the website after the Festival.

Report: Thailand Karuta Workshop

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.

Workshop Karuta Award 2016 for schools, UK

In September 2017 we visited 3 schools in Kent, United Kingdom to hand over the certificate of  Workshop Karuta Award 2016 and the prize, a pack of Karuta set.