About Karuta 2020

Everyone is invited to be part of ‘Karuta 2020’, a creative project of English version’s traditional Japanese card game called ‘Karuta’, featured the charms of 200 Olympic countries to celebrate the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

You are encouraged to (1) submit your artwork with words expressing the charms of your home country, (2) invite our Karuta coordinator to hold a workshop at your school/community and (3) be a suppoter promoting the project globally.

Karuta 2020 is…

  • A 4-year global cultural exchange initiative by inviting people across the world
  • to create an English version of card game ‘Karuta’ themed around 200 Olympic countries
  • and to hold the Karuta Game Tournament in Tokyo, 2020

What is Karuta ?

  • Karuta is a traditional, Japanese educational card game with various themes such as proverbs, geography, using clue cards with the answer (e.g. a picture) on separate cards.
  • A clue is read out and players compete for speed to touch the matched answer card. The winner is a player with the most cards.
  • Every year new themed karuta sets have been produced nationwide in Japan and used on social occasions to strengthen the ties of the people in the community.

What we do

(1) Karuta Awards

  • An international Karuta competition will be held annually by calling for original art/design and writing works used for Karuta cards themed around Olympic 200 countries/areas.
  • The selected works will be awarded on Karuta Festival in January.

(2) Karuta workshop

  • A hands-on workshop will be offered at schools and in commnities worldwide through placing trained Karuta Coordinator(s) to help children and the locals to learn, create and play Karuta.
  • Workshop has been offerend in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA in addition to Japan.
  • The works through workshop will be considered as entry to Karuta Awards and the selected works will be awarded on Karuta Festival in January.

(3) Karuta Festival (Japan)

  • Karuta Festival is an annual event in Japan to showcase the latest karuta cards created worldwide and to offer creative karuta workshops to wider audiences.
  • The Karura Awards celemony will also be held.
  • Next Festival will be held at January 2018


Tammy Stewart-Jones, Honorary Chiarman, Karuta 2020

  • Is mother of UK Karuta bringing Karuta to the UK through the ‘My Thanet’ Karuta joint-project in 2012.
  • Has extensive experiences in International Development: Former International Representative of The Associated Countrywomen of the World, working with rural women worldwide to improve their living conditions, Trustee on several Charity Boards including the Fairtrade Foundation and Founder of Thanet Fairtrade Initiative.

Mineo Kageya (2nd from the left)

  • Project Leader, ‘Karuta 2020’
  • Director, FROM JAPAN Institute
  • Has organized vairous creative karuta projects in Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA in addition to Japan

Mikiko Haraguchi(centre)

  • Vice Chairman, Japan Kyoudo Karuta Association
  • Lecturer at Gunma University and Hakuou Univeristy
  • Has assisted FROM JAPAN Insitute in planning and implementign creative karuta project

Kazutoshi Ogimoto(2nd from the right)

  • Director,Suginami Karuta Project
  • Leader in various creative karuta projects in Suginami ward in Tokyo