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/.
We held Creative Karuta Workshop at Suginami Kyodou Plaze, Suginami, Tokyo with 7 participants including Thailand student. Each person was in charge of creating both clue and answer card on their chosen country such as Bhutan, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Somalia, Thailand. We got the first karuta card on Bhutan, Hungary and Somalia!
On Wednesday, 24th August, 2016 we held Creative Karuta Workshop at Toyo University, Bunkyo-ward, Tokyo with two international students from Belgium, Thailand and 4 Japanese students majoring in literature.
We spent almost 3 hours to complete karuta cards on various topics on Belgium, Japan and Vietnam. We got the first karuta works on Belgium and Vietnam.
Rush hour in Ho Chi Minh（ホーチミン市のラッシュ）
Atomic bomb dome（原爆ドーム）