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.

Report – Karuta Festival 2019

We had the Karuta Festival 2019 yesterday (10th February) 

The exhibition showed the original artworks created by the winners for Creative
Karuta Award (Contest) last year, together with photos and messages
by the winners who could not attend the Award Ceremony.

‘200 countries karuta’ cards were also exhibited. They were created by
177 Senshu University high school students in the last 3 years. No
schools have tries to do it so this is a great achievement in our project. 

First part of Festival was to hold the Creative Karuta Award Ceremony
after showing all 30 winning works on Power Point. The winners from
Canada, Hong-Kong and Japan received their Award certificate and prize,
a newly printed set of Karuta card called ‘Global Karuta 2018’. 

We invited Mr Roshan Gamange, Minister, Sri Lanka Embassy, Tokyo
to receive the certificates and prizes of Sri Lankan winners who could 
not attend the Ceremony. 


After the ceremony we enjoyed playing karuta with the
Global Karuta 2018.  The first game was played in English by
a pair of a child and the parent from Canada, Hong-Kong
and Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka team won the first game.

The second game was in both English and Japanese and
played by 3 teams of Japanese and non Japanese child.
Each team had 1 Japanese player and 1 non-Japanese
player. So the card reader read out the a clue on the
text card and Japanese child from each team played.
Then next turn a clue was read out in English and
non- Japanese child from each team played. So each
turn the reading language was changed.  Such game 
was possible because Global Karuta 2018 is bilingual.
It was nice to see Japanese and non-Japanese children
worked together. 

In addition to Karuta we offered other Japanese cultural
experiences.  The following is Shell shell matching game
which was played by Japanese children. 

Origami – First they folded Samurai hat called ‘Kabuto’
with origami paper  and then used newspaper to make
a large Kabuto to wear on the head.

Bean-throwing Festival:  On the 3rd February many families 
enjoy this festival at home to celebrate seasonal change. 
Typically the father will wear a devil mask and kids 
throw soy-beans at the devil by saying “Devils out , good
luck in’.  So We used soft balls instead of soy beans 
this time. 

The Festival was filmed by the local government (Suginami) to
share such the event within the community.  They invited
3 comedians to join the festival to make it more fun.

The film will be available to watch on 3rd March on ‘Suginami 
Style programme at



Results of Creative Karuta Award 2018

Thanks for many entries to Creative Karuta Award 2018. We received 629 entries from
27 countries. Here we would like to announce the result of the contest. 

About Creative Karuta Award 2018

This is an international Art & Writing Contest to create ‘karuta’, a traditional Japanese card game,
themed as “Share a charm of various towns, countries around the world”. Everybody was invited to
submit a pair of drawing/painting & phrases expressing their favorite scenes/objects in their
home/chosen country. The Award had 5 age categories such as 7 years old or younger, 8-11
years old, 12-15 years old, 16-19 years old and 20 years old or older.

The results

The total 20 works were selected as an award winning work. Originally 15 works were planned to
select but 5 works were added because so many high quality works were entered.


The winners will receive a set of karuta cards ‘Global Karuta 2018’ showing the all winning works at the Award Ceremony.

Award Ceremony

Date: Sunday, 10th February 2019 – 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 2019

Exhibition & Publication

All winning original works will be exhibited on the ‘Karuta Festival 2019 and be published on ‘Karuta 2020’ website after the Festival.


‘Creative Karuta Award 2018’ Office



Creative Karuta Award 2018: timing on the result announcement

Happy New Year!

Thank you so much for your entry to Creative Karuta Award 2018. 

We received 629 entry works from 27 countries. 

We plan to send an email to the winners by 15th January and 
announce the results on our website in February 2019. 

Due to the volume of entries we can send our email to the only 
winners, I am afraid. 

Thanks again for your entry!


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.

All karuta cards – Creative Karuta Award 2017

Now you can see all karuta cards created with the winning works of Creative Karuta Awards 2017.

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.