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.