- We would like to invite you to join our ‘Karuta’ project which will help people learn, create and play a traditional Japanese card game, ‘Karuta’.
- We offer 3 programmes: Creative Karuta Award(contest), Karuta Worshop and Karuta Festival.
- Our goal is to promote Kauta globally through the project.
- ‘Karuta 2020’ project was completed in June 2021 with over 5000 participants from 83 countries. Thanks for your support!
What’s karuta? (Click)
Karuta is a traditional Japanese card game around a theme. We use text cards and the matching picture cards to play karuta.
The below photo shows a set of karuta cards themed around various countries.
How to play Karuta
- Spread out the picture cards facing up at a table, and the players sit around the cards.
- Someone reads a clue aloud, and the players compete by touching the picture card that matches the clue.
- The player who touches the picture card first wins it.
- Read the next clue and continue playing.
- The winner is the player with the most picture cards at the end of the game.
What we offer
(1) Creative Karuta Awards, worldwide
- This is a drawing contest for everybody from children to adults.
- The prize is the printed karuta cards.
- We have no scheduled contest at this moment.
(2) Creative Karuta workshop, worldwide
- A hands-on workshop will be offered worldwide to help children, adults to learn, create and play Karuta.
- We will place trained Karuta Coordintors with schools and communities.
- Workshops has already been offerend in Australia, Japan, New Zealand, UK, USA.
- We will welcome other countries to invite our Karuta Coordinator.
(3) Karuta Festival, Tokyo
- Karuta Festival is an annual event in Japan to showcase the latest karuta cards created worldwide.
- All winning works of Creative Karuta Award will be displayed and the Award cereomony will be held.
- We will also hold Creative Karuta Workshop and hold karuta Game.
Organizer: Karuta 2020 project team
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.
- Mineo Kageya, Director, FROM JAPAN Institute, Tokyo (2nd from the left)
- Mikiko Haraguchi, Vice Chairman, Japan Kyoudo Karuta Association (centre)
- Kazutoshi Ogimoto, Director, Suginami Karuta Project (2nd from the right)