Information on 21 countries for Creative Karuta Award 2020

Hello. We are calling for drawings on the theme of 21 countries at Creative Karuta Award 2020.

If you are not sure of those countries, please look at our web page
You can see a list of sample subjects to draw and some Youtube videos.

Among the 21 countries, we have not received any drawings on the following eight (8) countries.
If you are not sure which country you want to draw, please consider drawing those countries.
North Korea,
and Panama.


Country category – Creative Karuta Award 2019-2020

Hello. In June we announced the result of Age category. Today we would
like to share the status of the country category with you.

For the country category we will select one work(drawing) for each country,
a total of 206 works. It became clear that there were no suitable work
in the following 21 countries through the last contest. So we decided to
hold another contest called “Creative Karuta Award 2020” to collect
the works of those 21 countries. The deadline is on 29th January 2021.
For more information, please visit

On the other hand we have enough works for the other 185 countries and
we are going to select one work per one country and will announce the
result by March 2021. We sincerely apologize for such a large delay in
the announcement of results.

Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, North Korea, Tajikistan, Yemen

Solomon Islands

Angola, Eritrea, Ghana, Liberia, Libya, Mauritania, Togo

Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama

Luxembourg, San Marino

Results of Creative Karuta Award 2019-20 for Age category

We, Karuta 2020 project team, would like to thank you for your entries to Creative Karuta Award 2019-20.
We received over 1,000 entries from 30 countries. We set Age category and Country category in this contest.
This is to announce the result of contest for Age category.

Before announcing the result, we would like to share one point with you. Our original plan was to select 20 works
(for “Excellent Award”) to print a new set of karuta cards. In addition to this we decided to select
other 20 works (for “Jury Award”) because of so many attractive works we received.  So the 40 works in total
were selected.

Please note that the prize for Excellent Award will be a set of karuta cards as specified on Entry Guidelines.
The prize of Jury Award which was not included in the Guideline is a pair of sentence and picture card with
your winning work (not katuta set).

We will send an email to all 40 winners soon.

Here is the list of 20 winning works for Excellent Award.


And this is the list of 20 winning works for Jury Award.


Update on result announcement of Creative Karuta Award 2019-20

Thanks so much for many entries to Creative Karuta Award 2019-20.
We received over 1000 creative works from all over the world.

We planned to announce the contest result in May and to hold the
Award ceremony in June but we cannot go ahead as planned under a
state of emergency declared by Japanese government.

So we would like to inform you the updated procedures as follows.

(1)Award Ceremony
We will not hold the ceremony in June. We hope to hold it next year.

(2)Judging for Age category
We plan to announce the result in June.

(3)Judging for Country category
We planned to seek the judgement of each country expert but we cannot
do it under the corona virus pandemic worldwide. On the other hand we
found many countries with no entry work or not enough quality work.
So we plan to hold additional contest to receive quality work for those countries.
We will update our plan for this category in June.

Many of you must be anxious about the result but we sincerely hope you understand the
above update.

‘Creative Karuta Award 2019-20’ office


The following artworks were picked up randomly from among 1000 entry works.
This is not related to contest judging at all.

Mailing difficulty due to the Corona Virus

The deadline for Creative Karuta Award 2019-2020 is coming soon.

We understand that mailing service in some countries has not been working as
usual due to the Corona Virus. If you face such mailing difficulty please
email us the photos of your drawing, Entry form and Writing Sheet by the contest
deadline, 31st March 2020. Then separately post those papers to our Tokyo office.

Our email address is

If you plan to send many heavy files please use a free file transfer site
such as

We look forward to receiving your works.

Karuta 2020 project team


Extension of Deadline: Creative Karuta Award

We would like to inform you that the deadline of entry to Creative Karuta Award
was changed. 

Please find the new dates.

Deadline: 31st March 2020
Result announcement: May 2020
Award Ceremony: June 2020

We now call “Creative Karuta Award 2019-20.

According to this change we revised the Entry Form but of course we will accept the former Form.

We look forward to receiving your entries. 

Global Karuta 2018 – Winning works of Creative Karuta Award 2018

We have just completed printing a new set of karuta cards ‘Global Kruta 2018’
which is a prize to the winners of Creative Karuta Award 2018.

This is a bilingual, English and Japanese, version of karuta cards featuring charms
of 21 countries, using the 30 works selected from 847 works created by over 800
people from 27 countries, who participated in the international contest or creative
workshops in 2018.  Most of Japanese clues were newly created by Karuta project

Here are the cards.