What’s Creative Karuta Award 2019-20?
- A drawig and writing contest to create a set of a traditional Japanese card game ‘Karuta’.
- The theme is “The charmes of countries/regions participating in 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- Open to anybody from childrens to adults
- The total 226 works will be selected by the category of Age and Country.
- The prize is karuta cards printed with the winning works.
What to submit?
- Drawing & Writing of something famous in your chosen country
- Draw/Paint a picture on white paper of A4 or smaller in size.
- Use any art materials and methods
- Write a text on ‘Writing Sheet’.
- Your text must be connected with your picture
- Use 3 to 12 words in English or 5 – 20 syllables in Japanese
- You can ask someone to help you write the text.
How to enter
- Send the ‘Entry Form’, picture and, ‘Writing Sheet’ to Tokyo office
- Deadline: 31st March 2020, Result announement: May 2020, Award Ceremony: June 2020
10 Steps to the Award
What is Creative Karuta Award?
- This is an international contest to call for pictures & writing for creating a new set of a traditional Japanese card game called ‘Karuta’.
- The prize winners will receive karuta cards with the winning works printed on each card.
- It aims to promote karuta globally through the contest.
- Creative Karuta Award was started to create karuta cards themed around Tokyo Olympic countries (which number is 206) and to hold an international Karura game Championship in 2020.
- This is the final contest to complete ‘206 countries karuta’ set so we will select and award 206 works representing 206 countries/regions.
Who can take partr?
- Open to everybody worldwide from children to adults.
- Entries from individuals or schools will be accepted.
The total 20 works, at least 2 works from the following each age group, will be selected for this category award.
- 7 years old or younger
- 8-11 years old
- 12-15 years old
- 16-19 years old
- 20 years old or older
- All entry works will be also judged by the subject’s country.
- The only one (1) work per one (1) country will be selected so 206 works in total will be selected for this category award.
- Please note that all entries to the Awards in last few years will be included for this category’s selection
- This selection is made separately from the one for the age category but some works may be selected for the both category.
- Deadline: 31st March 2020
- Result Announcement: Early May 2020
- Award Ceremony: June 2020, Tokyo
- Submit a pair of picture and writing (called ‘Work’) representing the subject freely chosen by the applicant.
- Multiple entries by the same applicant will be accepted.
Subject to draw and write
- Wonderful nature, rich culture in your chosen country.
- For example buildings, places, foods, festivals, sports and natural scenes.
- It must be something which is well-known, represents the chosen country.
- Use white paper less than or equal to A4 in size.
- Any art media, materials and method can be used.
- The picture must be the unreleased, original work created by the applicant himself/herself.
- No computer generated images will be accepted.
- No picture showing copyrighted images such as characters from books, movies will be accepted.
- Choose a language, English or Japanese.
- Write with 3 to 12 words if you choose English.
- Write in Japanese with 5 to 20 syllables.
- Your writing should include words which serves as a clue to find the matching picture.
- Writing can be assisted by another person such as your family or teacher.
Judging for Age category
- The entry work will be judged by creative karuta experts including Ms. Mikiko Haraguchi (Vice chairman, Japan Kyodo Karuta Association).
- The judges would like to see Works with a charm that makes them feel like seeing the real ones.
- The total 20 Works, at least 2 Works from each category, will be selected.
Judging for Country category
- All entry work will be also judged by experts in 206 countries/regions.
- The judges expect to see the works really representing the chosen country.
Prizes for Age Category
Prizes for Country Category
- By early May 2020 the only winners will be notified of the results by email.
- The results will be also announced on Karuta 2020 website.
- All winning entries will be displayed at the Award Ceremony held in Tokyo, June 2020.
- All prize winners will be invited to attend the Award Ceremony and to be presented with their prizes.
- The winners who can’t attend the ceremony will receive the prizes by post after the ceremony.
- Regardless whether winning or not all rights in the entry works belong to FROM JAPAN Institute.
- All entry works won’t be returned.
- The entry works may be used partially or modified when we print Karuta cards. For example we may use only the picture or edit writing.
- Regardless whether winning or not your entry work may be published on our websites, SSN and printed materials.
Handling of Private information
- Any private information which we collet for the Creative Karuta Award 2019-20 will be only used for this contest.
- Usage purposes: confirming the entry information, notifying the contest results, sending the prizes and conducting the contest smoothly.
- Disclosure of personal information to the third parties: With the only winner’s consent of printing their name on karuta card, their name will be provided with the printing contractor.
- Except for this case any personal information won’t be disclosed to third parties without permission of the applicant.
How to enter: Individual
How to enter: School
- When do pepole play karuta in Japan?
- Traditionally we play karuta on New Year’s day when family members get together. As part of primary/secondary school curriculum children play karuta at school because karuta is an educational card game with a theme such as literature, geography. Karuta is also played for Karuta Game Championship held in communities nationwide.
- My child is just 3 years old so she cannot write words yet. Can I create writing for sentence card on behalf of him?
- Yes. You can write sentence on behalf of him.
- But you cannot help her drawing. The picture must be the original work created by the applicant without someone’s help.
- I love drawing. But I am Russian and cannot write in Engish or Japanese. Can I enter the contest?
- Yes. Please ask your teacher, family or friend to create writing on behalf of you.
- Can I submit the picture by email?
- No. We wil not accept any entry by email. Please submit your work by post.
- How can I know the results?
- First we will send an email to the winners by early May 2020. We are afraid the emails will be sent to the only winners. The results will be also announced on Karuta 2020 website in May 2020.
- Is my work returned if my work is not selected for the Award?
- We are afraid ‘No’ because of many entries.
- ‘Creative Karuta Award 2019-20’
- Phone: +intl-81-(0)42-439-5445
- Karuta 2020 Project Team
- Team members: FROM JAPAN Institute, Japan Kyodo Karuta Association and Suginami Karuta Project