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.

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