Turkey Karuta Project

English | 日本語

Welcome! Turkey Karuta Project

  • The project is to create a traditional Japanese card game ‘Karuta’ on the theme of Turkey.
  • We offer creative workshops & contests to help people create karuta cards of Turkey.
  • The aim of the project is to promote mutual understanding between Turkey and Japan through karuta.

What’s karuta?

  • Karuta is a Japanese card game which is to match texts to the picture cards.
  • The first letter of each text is printed on the corner of the matching picture card.
  • This is a bilingual game so you can play in English and Japanese.
  • We plan to create cards in other languages.

How to play karuta

  • Karuta is a game of speed. A card reader reads aloud a text.
  • And players listen to it and look for the matching picture card.
  • The first player to touch the card can take it.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of game.

Invitation to Creative Karuta Award

  • As part of the Project we would like to invite you to enter the Creative Karuta Award by submitting your drawing and writing of ‘Charms of Turkey’.
  • This is an international contest to create a set of karuta cards about 2020 Tokyo Olympic countries/regions including Turkey.
  • Open to anybody from children to adults.
  • The prize is karuta cards printed with the winning works.

What to submit

Drawing & Writing of something famous in Turkey

For example

    Bal?k ekmek (mackerel sandwich)

    Cappadocia

    Dondurma

    Hamam (public bath)

    Horon (fold dance)

    Kilim (carpet)

    Pamukkale (Hierapolis)

    Sultan Ahmed Mosque

    Turkish lamp

    Ya?l? g?re? (Oil wrestling)

Example of karuta cards on Turkey.

The following work was created through karuta workshop/contest.

Drawing
– Use white paper of A4 size or smaller
– Use any art materials and methods
Writing
– Choose English or Japanese.
– Use 3 to 12 words in English
– Use 5 – 20 syllables in Japanese
– must be connected with your picture

How to enter

  • Send the ‘Entry Form’, picture and, ‘Writing Sheet’ to Tokyo office
  • Deadline: 31st March 2020.
  • Result announcement: May 2020. Award Ceremony: June 2020
  • Read through ‘Entry Guidelines’ before your entry.

Entry Guidelines

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.

Theme

  • 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 part?

  • Open to everybody worldwide from children to adults.
  • Entries from individuals or schools will be accepted.

Age Category

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

Country Category

  • 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.

Timeline

  • Deadline: 31st March 2020
  • Result Announcement: Early May 2020
  • Award Ceremony: June 2020, Tokyo

Entry Work

  • 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.

Picture

  • 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.

Writing/Sentence

  • 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

  • A set of Karuta cards with a winning work printed on each card.

Prizes for Country Category

  • A pair of sentence and picture card with the winner’s work printed on each card. (no karuta pack)

Results Announcement

  • 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.

Entry Conditions

  • 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 collect 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

  • Printforms

    See Entry Form

  • Fill in the forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Sendthe forms, picture

How to enter: School

  • Printthe forms

    See the Entry Form

  • Fill inthe forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Send the forms, picture

The last contest’s works

Contact

Karuta 2020 Project team
3-4-45 Shibakubo-cho, Nishitokyo, Tkyo 188-0014
Phone: +intl-81-(0)42-439-5445

Contact Form


Ukraine Karuta Project

English | 日本語

Welcome! Ukraine Karuta Project

  • The project is to create a traditional Japanese card game ‘Karuta’ on the theme of Ukraine.
  • We offer creative workshops & contests to help people create karuta cards of Ukraine.
  • The aim of the project is to promote mutual understanding between Ukraine and Japan through karuta.

What’s karuta?

  • Karuta is a Japanese card game which is to match texts to the picture cards.
  • The first letter of each text is printed on the corner of the matching picture card.
  • This is a bilingual game so you can play in English and Japanese.
  • We plan to create cards in other languages.

How to play karuta

  • Karuta is a game of speed. A card reader reads aloud a text.
  • And players listen to it and look for the matching picture card.
  • The first player to touch the card can take it.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of game.

Invitation to Creative Karuta Award

  • As part of the Project we would like to invite you to enter the Creative Karuta Award by submitting your drawing and writing of ‘Charms of Ukraine’.
  • This is an international contest to create a set of karuta cards about 2020 Tokyo Olympic countries/regions including Ukraine.
  • Open to anybody from children to adults.
  • The prize is karuta cards printed with the winning works.

What to submit

Drawing & Writing of something famous in Ukraine

For example

    Bandura (string instrument)

    Borscht (sour soup)

    Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

    Hopak (fold dance)

    Kiev Pechersk Lavra (monastery)

    Old City of Lviv

    Swallows Nest Castle

    The Primorsky Stairs/ Potemkin Steps

    Trembita (horn)

    Tunel Kokhannya (Tunnel of Love, railway)

Example of karuta cards on Ukraine.

The following work was created through karuta workshop/contest.

Drawing
– Use white paper of A4 size or smaller
– Use any art materials and methods
Writing
– Choose English or Japanese.
– Use 3 to 12 words in English
– Use 5 – 20 syllables in Japanese
– must be connected with your picture

How to enter

  • Send the ‘Entry Form’, picture and, ‘Writing Sheet’ to Tokyo office
  • Deadline: 31st March 2020.
  • Result announcement: May 2020. Award Ceremony: June 2020
  • Read through ‘Entry Guidelines’ before your entry.

Entry Guidelines

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.

Theme

  • 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 part?

  • Open to everybody worldwide from children to adults.
  • Entries from individuals or schools will be accepted.

Age Category

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

Country Category

  • 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.

Timeline

  • Deadline: 31st March 2020
  • Result Announcement: Early May 2020
  • Award Ceremony: June 2020, Tokyo

Entry Work

  • 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.

Picture

  • 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.

Writing/Sentence

  • 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

  • A set of Karuta cards with a winning work printed on each card.

Prizes for Country Category

  • A pair of sentence and picture card with the winner’s work printed on each card. (no karuta pack)

Results Announcement

  • 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.

Entry Conditions

  • 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 collect 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

  • Printforms

    See Entry Form

  • Fill in the forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Sendthe forms, picture

How to enter: School

  • Printthe forms

    See the Entry Form

  • Fill inthe forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Send the forms, picture

The last contest’s works

Contact

Karuta 2020 Project team
3-4-45 Shibakubo-cho, Nishitokyo, Tkyo 188-0014
Phone: +intl-81-(0)42-439-5445

Contact Form


Serbia Karuta Project

English | 日本語

Welcome! Serbia Karuta Project

  • The project is to create a traditional Japanese card game ‘Karuta’ on the theme of Serbia.
  • We offer creative workshops & contests to help people create karuta cards of Serbia.
  • The aim of the project is to promote mutual understanding between Serbia and Japan through karuta.

What’s karuta?

  • Karuta is a Japanese card game which is to match texts to the picture cards.
  • The first letter of each text is printed on the corner of the matching picture card.
  • This is a bilingual game so you can play in English and Japanese.
  • We plan to create cards in other languages.

How to play karuta

  • Karuta is a game of speed. A card reader reads aloud a text.
  • And players listen to it and look for the matching picture card.
  • The first player to touch the card can take it.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of game.

Invitation to Creative Karuta Award

  • As part of the Project we would like to invite you to enter the Creative Karuta Award by submitting your drawing and writing of ‘Charms of Serbia’.
  • This is an international contest to create a set of karuta cards about 2020 Tokyo Olympic countries/regions including Serbia.
  • Open to anybody from children to adults.
  • The prize is karuta cards printed with the winning works.

What to submit

Drawing & Writing of something famous in Serbia

For example

    ?esnica bread (Serbian Cesnica bread)

    ?evapi/?evap?i?i (grilled dish)

    Church of Saint Sava

    Manastir Sopo?ani (Sopocani Monastery)

    Manastir Studenica (Studenica Monastery)

    Mimosa Festival

    Naive art

    Rajkova pe?ina (Rajko’s Cave)

    Rakija (Rakia, fruit brandy)

    Sarma (wrap dish)

Example of karuta cards on Serbia.

The following work was created through karuta workshop/contest.

Drawing
– Use white paper of A4 size or smaller
– Use any art materials and methods
Writing
– Choose English or Japanese.
– Use 3 to 12 words in English
– Use 5 – 20 syllables in Japanese
– must be connected with your picture

How to enter

  • Send the ‘Entry Form’, picture and, ‘Writing Sheet’ to Tokyo office
  • Deadline: 31st March 2020.
  • Result announcement: May 2020. Award Ceremony: June 2020
  • Read through ‘Entry Guidelines’ before your entry.

Entry Guidelines

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.

Theme

  • 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 part?

  • Open to everybody worldwide from children to adults.
  • Entries from individuals or schools will be accepted.

Age Category

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

Country Category

  • 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.

Timeline

  • Deadline: 31st March 2020
  • Result Announcement: Early May 2020
  • Award Ceremony: June 2020, Tokyo

Entry Work

  • 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.

Picture

  • 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.

Writing/Sentence

  • 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

  • A set of Karuta cards with a winning work printed on each card.

Prizes for Country Category

  • A pair of sentence and picture card with the winner’s work printed on each card. (no karuta pack)

Results Announcement

  • 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.

Entry Conditions

  • 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 collect 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

  • Printforms

    See Entry Form

  • Fill in the forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Sendthe forms, picture

How to enter: School

  • Printthe forms

    See the Entry Form

  • Fill inthe forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Send the forms, picture

The last contest’s works

Contact

Karuta 2020 Project team
3-4-45 Shibakubo-cho, Nishitokyo, Tkyo 188-0014
Phone: +intl-81-(0)42-439-5445

Contact Form


Switzerland Karuta Project

English | 日本語

Welcome! Switzerland Karuta Project

  • The project is to create a traditional Japanese card game ‘Karuta’ on the theme of Switzerland.
  • We offer creative workshops & contests to help people create karuta cards of Switzerland.
  • The aim of the project is to promote mutual understanding between Switzerland and Japan through karuta.

What’s karuta?

  • Karuta is a Japanese card game which is to match texts to the picture cards.
  • The first letter of each text is printed on the corner of the matching picture card.
  • This is a bilingual game so you can play in English and Japanese.
  • We plan to create cards in other languages.

How to play karuta

  • Karuta is a game of speed. A card reader reads aloud a text.
  • And players listen to it and look for the matching picture card.
  • The first player to touch the card can take it.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of game.

Invitation to Creative Karuta Award

  • As part of the Project we would like to invite you to enter the Creative Karuta Award by submitting your drawing and writing of ‘Charms of Switzerland’.
  • This is an international contest to create a set of karuta cards about 2020 Tokyo Olympic countries/regions including Switzerland.
  • Open to anybody from children to adults.
  • The prize is karuta cards printed with the winning works.

What to submit

Drawing & Writing of something famous in Switzerland

For example

    Alphorn/ Alpenhorn (Brass instrument)

    Broken Chair (giant sculpture)

    Cheese fondue (dish)

    Glacier Express (express train)

    Grosser Aletschgletscher (Great Aletsch Glacier)

    Large Hadron Collider (particle accelerator)

    Lavaux Vineyard

    Matterhorn (mountain)

    St. Bernard (sheep dog)

    Zytglogge (medieval clock tower)

Example of karuta cards on Switzerland.

The following work was created through karuta workshop/contest.

Drawing
– Use white paper of A4 size or smaller
– Use any art materials and methods
Writing
– Choose English or Japanese.
– Use 3 to 12 words in English
– Use 5 – 20 syllables in Japanese
– must be connected with your picture

How to enter

  • Send the ‘Entry Form’, picture and, ‘Writing Sheet’ to Tokyo office
  • Deadline: 31st March 2020.
  • Result announcement: May 2020. Award Ceremony: June 2020
  • Read through ‘Entry Guidelines’ before your entry.

Entry Guidelines

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.

Theme

  • 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 part?

  • Open to everybody worldwide from children to adults.
  • Entries from individuals or schools will be accepted.

Age Category

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

Country Category

  • 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.

Timeline

  • Deadline: 31st March 2020
  • Result Announcement: Early May 2020
  • Award Ceremony: June 2020, Tokyo

Entry Work

  • 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.

Picture

  • 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.

Writing/Sentence

  • 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

  • A set of Karuta cards with a winning work printed on each card.

Prizes for Country Category

  • A pair of sentence and picture card with the winner’s work printed on each card. (no karuta pack)

Results Announcement

  • 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.

Entry Conditions

  • 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 collect 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

  • Printforms

    See Entry Form

  • Fill in the forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Sendthe forms, picture

How to enter: School

  • Printthe forms

    See the Entry Form

  • Fill inthe forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Send the forms, picture

The last contest’s works

Contact

Karuta 2020 Project team
3-4-45 Shibakubo-cho, Nishitokyo, Tkyo 188-0014
Phone: +intl-81-(0)42-439-5445

Contact Form


Slovakia Karuta Project

English | 日本語

Welcome! Slovakia Karuta Project

  • The project is to create a traditional Japanese card game ‘Karuta’ on the theme of Slovakia.
  • We offer creative workshops & contests to help people create karuta cards of Slovakia.
  • The aim of the project is to promote mutual understanding between Slovakia and Japan through karuta.

What’s karuta?

  • Karuta is a Japanese card game which is to match texts to the picture cards.
  • The first letter of each text is printed on the corner of the matching picture card.
  • This is a bilingual game so you can play in English and Japanese.
  • We plan to create cards in other languages.

How to play karuta

  • Karuta is a game of speed. A card reader reads aloud a text.
  • And players listen to it and look for the matching picture card.
  • The first player to touch the card can take it.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of game.

Invitation to Creative Karuta Award

  • As part of the Project we would like to invite you to enter the Creative Karuta Award by submitting your drawing and writing of ‘Charms of Slovakia’.
  • This is an international contest to create a set of karuta cards about 2020 Tokyo Olympic countries/regions including Slovakia.
  • Open to anybody from children to adults.
  • The prize is karuta cards printed with the winning works.

What to submit

Drawing & Writing of something famous in Slovakia

For example

    Bratislavsk? hrad (castle)

    Bryndzov? halu?ky (national dish)

    Chamois (goat-antelope)

    ?i?many (village)

    Dobsinska Ice Cave

    Kapustnica (sauerkraut soup)

    Michalsk? br?na (Michael’s Gate)

    Mmarmot (squirrel)

    Stre?no Castle

    Wine Festival

Example of karuta cards on Slovakia.

The following work was created through karuta workshop/contest.

Drawing
– Use white paper of A4 size or smaller
– Use any art materials and methods
Writing
– Choose English or Japanese.
– Use 3 to 12 words in English
– Use 5 – 20 syllables in Japanese
– must be connected with your picture

How to enter

  • Send the ‘Entry Form’, picture and, ‘Writing Sheet’ to Tokyo office
  • Deadline: 31st March 2020.
  • Result announcement: May 2020. Award Ceremony: June 2020
  • Read through ‘Entry Guidelines’ before your entry.

Entry Guidelines

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.

Theme

  • 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 part?

  • Open to everybody worldwide from children to adults.
  • Entries from individuals or schools will be accepted.

Age Category

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

Country Category

  • 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.

Timeline

  • Deadline: 31st March 2020
  • Result Announcement: Early May 2020
  • Award Ceremony: June 2020, Tokyo

Entry Work

  • 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.

Picture

  • 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.

Writing/Sentence

  • 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

  • A set of Karuta cards with a winning work printed on each card.

Prizes for Country Category

  • A pair of sentence and picture card with the winner’s work printed on each card. (no karuta pack)

Results Announcement

  • 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.

Entry Conditions

  • 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 collect 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

  • Printforms

    See Entry Form

  • Fill in the forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Sendthe forms, picture

How to enter: School

  • Printthe forms

    See the Entry Form

  • Fill inthe forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Send the forms, picture

The last contest’s works

Contact

Karuta 2020 Project team
3-4-45 Shibakubo-cho, Nishitokyo, Tkyo 188-0014
Phone: +intl-81-(0)42-439-5445

Contact Form


Sweden Karuta Project

English | 日本語

Welcome! Sweden Karuta Project

  • The project is to create a traditional Japanese card game ‘Karuta’ on the theme of Sweden.
  • We offer creative workshops & contests to help people create karuta cards of Sweden.
  • The aim of the project is to promote mutual understanding between Sweden and Japan through karuta.

What’s karuta?

  • Karuta is a Japanese card game which is to match texts to the picture cards.
  • The first letter of each text is printed on the corner of the matching picture card.
  • This is a bilingual game so you can play in English and Japanese.
  • We plan to create cards in other languages.

How to play karuta

  • Karuta is a game of speed. A card reader reads aloud a text.
  • And players listen to it and look for the matching picture card.
  • The first player to touch the card can take it.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of game.

Invitation to Creative Karuta Award

  • As part of the Project we would like to invite you to enter the Creative Karuta Award by submitting your drawing and writing of ‘Charms of Sweden’.
  • This is an international contest to create a set of karuta cards about 2020 Tokyo Olympic countries/regions including Sweden.
  • Open to anybody from children to adults.
  • The prize is karuta cards printed with the winning works.

What to submit

Drawing & Writing of something famous in Sweden

For example

    Dalah?st (Dalecarlian horse)

    Glutton/Wolverine (animal)

    Ice Hotel

    Kr?ftskiva (crayfish party)

    Maypole (mid summer pole), Dalarna

    Nobel prize award ceremony

    Rock Carvings of Tanum

    S?pmi’s people

    Stockholm landscape

    Viking market, Foteviken

Example of karuta cards on Sweden.

The following work was created through karuta workshop/contest.

Drawing
– Use white paper of A4 size or smaller
– Use any art materials and methods
Writing
– Choose English or Japanese.
– Use 3 to 12 words in English
– Use 5 – 20 syllables in Japanese
– must be connected with your picture

How to enter

  • Send the ‘Entry Form’, picture and, ‘Writing Sheet’ to Tokyo office
  • Deadline: 31st March 2020.
  • Result announcement: May 2020. Award Ceremony: June 2020
  • Read through ‘Entry Guidelines’ before your entry.

Entry Guidelines

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.

Theme

  • 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 part?

  • Open to everybody worldwide from children to adults.
  • Entries from individuals or schools will be accepted.

Age Category

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

Country Category

  • 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.

Timeline

  • Deadline: 31st March 2020
  • Result Announcement: Early May 2020
  • Award Ceremony: June 2020, Tokyo

Entry Work

  • 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.

Picture

  • 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.

Writing/Sentence

  • 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

  • A set of Karuta cards with a winning work printed on each card.

Prizes for Country Category

  • A pair of sentence and picture card with the winner’s work printed on each card. (no karuta pack)

Results Announcement

  • 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.

Entry Conditions

  • 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 collect 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

  • Printforms

    See Entry Form

  • Fill in the forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Sendthe forms, picture

How to enter: School

  • Printthe forms

    See the Entry Form

  • Fill inthe forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Send the forms, picture

The last contest’s works

Contact

Karuta 2020 Project team
3-4-45 Shibakubo-cho, Nishitokyo, Tkyo 188-0014
Phone: +intl-81-(0)42-439-5445

Contact Form


San Marino Karuta Project

English | 日本語

Welcome! San Marino Karuta Project

  • The project is to create a traditional Japanese card game ‘Karuta’ on the theme of San Marino.
  • We offer creative workshops & contests to help people create karuta cards of San Marino.
  • The aim of the project is to promote mutual understanding between San Marino and Japan through karuta.

What’s karuta?

  • Karuta is a Japanese card game which is to match texts to the picture cards.
  • The first letter of each text is printed on the corner of the matching picture card.
  • This is a bilingual game so you can play in English and Japanese.
  • We plan to create cards in other languages.

How to play karuta

  • Karuta is a game of speed. A card reader reads aloud a text.
  • And players listen to it and look for the matching picture card.
  • The first player to touch the card can take it.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of game.

Invitation to Creative Karuta Award

  • As part of the Project we would like to invite you to enter the Creative Karuta Award by submitting your drawing and writing of ‘Charms of San Marino’.
  • This is an international contest to create a set of karuta cards about 2020 Tokyo Olympic countries/regions including San Marino.
  • Open to anybody from children to adults.
  • The prize is karuta cards printed with the winning works.

What to submit

Drawing & Writing of something famous in San Marino

For example

    Abraham Lincoln

    Changing of the Guard

    Funivia (cable car)

    Monte Titano

    Museum of Tortune

    Original coins

    Palazzo Pubblico (town hall)

    Pasta e Ceci

    Piadina

    Piazza della Libert? (city square)

Example of karuta cards on San Marino.

The following work was created through karuta workshop/contest.

Drawing
– Use white paper of A4 size or smaller
– Use any art materials and methods
Writing
– Choose English or Japanese.
– Use 3 to 12 words in English
– Use 5 – 20 syllables in Japanese
– must be connected with your picture

How to enter

  • Send the ‘Entry Form’, picture and, ‘Writing Sheet’ to Tokyo office
  • Deadline: 31st March 2020.
  • Result announcement: May 2020. Award Ceremony: June 2020
  • Read through ‘Entry Guidelines’ before your entry.

Entry Guidelines

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.

Theme

  • 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 part?

  • Open to everybody worldwide from children to adults.
  • Entries from individuals or schools will be accepted.

Age Category

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

Country Category

  • 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.

Timeline

  • Deadline: 31st March 2020
  • Result Announcement: Early May 2020
  • Award Ceremony: June 2020, Tokyo

Entry Work

  • 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.

Picture

  • 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.

Writing/Sentence

  • 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

  • A set of Karuta cards with a winning work printed on each card.

Prizes for Country Category

  • A pair of sentence and picture card with the winner’s work printed on each card. (no karuta pack)

Results Announcement

  • 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.

Entry Conditions

  • 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 collect 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

  • Printforms

    See Entry Form

  • Fill in the forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Sendthe forms, picture

How to enter: School

  • Printthe forms

    See the Entry Form

  • Fill inthe forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Send the forms, picture

The last contest’s works

Contact

Karuta 2020 Project team
3-4-45 Shibakubo-cho, Nishitokyo, Tkyo 188-0014
Phone: +intl-81-(0)42-439-5445

Contact Form


Slovenia Karuta Project

English | 日本語

Welcome! Slovenia Karuta Project

  • The project is to create a traditional Japanese card game ‘Karuta’ on the theme of Slovenia.
  • We offer creative workshops & contests to help people create karuta cards of Slovenia.
  • The aim of the project is to promote mutual understanding between Slovenia and Japan through karuta.

What’s karuta?

  • Karuta is a Japanese card game which is to match texts to the picture cards.
  • The first letter of each text is printed on the corner of the matching picture card.
  • This is a bilingual game so you can play in English and Japanese.
  • We plan to create cards in other languages.

How to play karuta

  • Karuta is a game of speed. A card reader reads aloud a text.
  • And players listen to it and look for the matching picture card.
  • The first player to touch the card can take it.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of game.

Invitation to Creative Karuta Award

  • As part of the Project we would like to invite you to enter the Creative Karuta Award by submitting your drawing and writing of ‘Charms of Slovenia’.
  • This is an international contest to create a set of karuta cards about 2020 Tokyo Olympic countries/regions including Slovenia.
  • Open to anybody from children to adults.
  • The prize is karuta cards printed with the winning works.

What to submit

Drawing & Writing of something famous in Slovenia

For example

    Church of the Assumption of Maria

    Idrijske ?ipke (Idrija Lace)

    Kurentovanje’ Carnival

    Ljubljanski grad (Ljubljana Castle)

    Neanderthal flute (Divje Babe Flute)

    Postojna cave

    Potica (nut roll)

    Predjamski grad (Predjama Castle)

    Prekmuska gibanica (layered pastry)

    Triglav (mountain)

Example of karuta cards on Slovenia.

The following work was created through karuta workshop/contest.

Drawing
– Use white paper of A4 size or smaller
– Use any art materials and methods
Writing
– Choose English or Japanese.
– Use 3 to 12 words in English
– Use 5 – 20 syllables in Japanese
– must be connected with your picture

How to enter

  • Send the ‘Entry Form’, picture and, ‘Writing Sheet’ to Tokyo office
  • Deadline: 31st March 2020.
  • Result announcement: May 2020. Award Ceremony: June 2020
  • Read through ‘Entry Guidelines’ before your entry.

Entry Guidelines

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.

Theme

  • 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 part?

  • Open to everybody worldwide from children to adults.
  • Entries from individuals or schools will be accepted.

Age Category

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

Country Category

  • 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.

Timeline

  • Deadline: 31st March 2020
  • Result Announcement: Early May 2020
  • Award Ceremony: June 2020, Tokyo

Entry Work

  • 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.

Picture

  • 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.

Writing/Sentence

  • 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

  • A set of Karuta cards with a winning work printed on each card.

Prizes for Country Category

  • A pair of sentence and picture card with the winner’s work printed on each card. (no karuta pack)

Results Announcement

  • 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.

Entry Conditions

  • 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 collect 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

  • Printforms

    See Entry Form

  • Fill in the forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Sendthe forms, picture

How to enter: School

  • Printthe forms

    See the Entry Form

  • Fill inthe forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Send the forms, picture

The last contest’s works

Contact

Karuta 2020 Project team
3-4-45 Shibakubo-cho, Nishitokyo, Tkyo 188-0014
Phone: +intl-81-(0)42-439-5445

Contact Form


Norway Karuta Project

English | 日本語

Welcome! Norway Karuta Project

  • The project is to create a traditional Japanese card game ‘Karuta’ on the theme of Norway.
  • We offer creative workshops & contests to help people create karuta cards of Norway.
  • The aim of the project is to promote mutual understanding between Norway and Japan through karuta.

What’s karuta?

  • Karuta is a Japanese card game which is to match texts to the picture cards.
  • The first letter of each text is printed on the corner of the matching picture card.
  • This is a bilingual game so you can play in English and Japanese.
  • We plan to create cards in other languages.

How to play karuta

  • Karuta is a game of speed. A card reader reads aloud a text.
  • And players listen to it and look for the matching picture card.
  • The first player to touch the card can take it.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of game.

Invitation to Creative Karuta Award

  • As part of the Project we would like to invite you to enter the Creative Karuta Award by submitting your drawing and writing of ‘Charms of Norway’.
  • This is an international contest to create a set of karuta cards about 2020 Tokyo Olympic countries/regions including Norway.
  • Open to anybody from children to adults.
  • The prize is karuta cards printed with the winning works.

What to submit

Drawing & Writing of something famous in Norway

For example

    Borgund stavkirke (Borgund Stave Church)

    Eric Bloodaxe (king)

    Fjord/fiord (inlet)

    Jostedalsbreen (Jostedal Glacier)

    Krabbelag (seafood boil)

    Nordkapp (North Cape)

    Norwegian Vikings

    Oslo City Hall (for Nobel Peace Prize ceremony)

    Skrik (The Scream)

    Troll

Example of karuta cards on Norway.

The following work was created through karuta workshop/contest.

Drawing
– Use white paper of A4 size or smaller
– Use any art materials and methods
Writing
– Choose English or Japanese.
– Use 3 to 12 words in English
– Use 5 – 20 syllables in Japanese
– must be connected with your picture

How to enter

  • Send the ‘Entry Form’, picture and, ‘Writing Sheet’ to Tokyo office
  • Deadline: 31st March 2020.
  • Result announcement: May 2020. Award Ceremony: June 2020
  • Read through ‘Entry Guidelines’ before your entry.

Entry Guidelines

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.

Theme

  • 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 part?

  • Open to everybody worldwide from children to adults.
  • Entries from individuals or schools will be accepted.

Age Category

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

Country Category

  • 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.

Timeline

  • Deadline: 31st March 2020
  • Result Announcement: Early May 2020
  • Award Ceremony: June 2020, Tokyo

Entry Work

  • 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.

Picture

  • 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.

Writing/Sentence

  • 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

  • A set of Karuta cards with a winning work printed on each card.

Prizes for Country Category

  • A pair of sentence and picture card with the winner’s work printed on each card. (no karuta pack)

Results Announcement

  • 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.

Entry Conditions

  • 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 collect 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

  • Printforms

    See Entry Form

  • Fill in the forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Sendthe forms, picture

How to enter: School

  • Printthe forms

    See the Entry Form

  • Fill inthe forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Send the forms, picture

The last contest’s works

Contact

Karuta 2020 Project team
3-4-45 Shibakubo-cho, Nishitokyo, Tkyo 188-0014
Phone: +intl-81-(0)42-439-5445

Contact Form


Poland Karuta Project

English | 日本語

Welcome! Poland Karuta Project

  • The project is to create a traditional Japanese card game ‘Karuta’ on the theme of Poland.
  • We offer creative workshops & contests to help people create karuta cards of Poland.
  • The aim of the project is to promote mutual understanding between Poland and Japan through karuta.

What’s karuta?

  • Karuta is a Japanese card game which is to match texts to the picture cards.
  • The first letter of each text is printed on the corner of the matching picture card.
  • This is a bilingual game so you can play in English and Japanese.
  • We plan to create cards in other languages.

How to play karuta

  • Karuta is a game of speed. A card reader reads aloud a text.
  • And players listen to it and look for the matching picture card.
  • The first player to touch the card can take it.
  • The winner is the player with the most cards at the end of game.

Invitation to Creative Karuta Award

  • As part of the Project we would like to invite you to enter the Creative Karuta Award by submitting your drawing and writing of ‘Charms of Poland’.
  • This is an international contest to create a set of karuta cards about 2020 Tokyo Olympic countries/regions including Poland.
  • Open to anybody from children to adults.
  • The prize is karuta cards printed with the winning works.

What to submit

Drawing & Writing of something famous in Poland

For example

    Boles?awiec pottery

    Fryderyk Chopin (Fr?d?ric Chopin)

    Kopalnia soli Wieliczka (Wieliczka Salt Mines)

    Kotlet schabowy (pork cutlet)

    Malowana Chata(Painted Cottages)

    Noc ?wi?toja?ska (St. John’s Night)

    Ob?z Koncentracyjny Auschwitz (Concentration Camp)

    Pomeranian (dog)

    Statue of the Little Insurgent (Podwale Street)

    Wawel Castle

Example of karuta cards on Poland.

The following work was created through karuta workshop/contest.

Drawing
– Use white paper of A4 size or smaller
– Use any art materials and methods
Writing
– Choose English or Japanese.
– Use 3 to 12 words in English
– Use 5 – 20 syllables in Japanese
– must be connected with your picture

How to enter

  • Send the ‘Entry Form’, picture and, ‘Writing Sheet’ to Tokyo office
  • Deadline: 31st March 2020.
  • Result announcement: May 2020. Award Ceremony: June 2020
  • Read through ‘Entry Guidelines’ before your entry.

Entry Guidelines

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.

Theme

  • 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 part?

  • Open to everybody worldwide from children to adults.
  • Entries from individuals or schools will be accepted.

Age Category

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

Country Category

  • 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.

Timeline

  • Deadline: 31st March 2020
  • Result Announcement: Early May 2020
  • Award Ceremony: June 2020, Tokyo

Entry Work

  • 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.

Picture

  • 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.

Writing/Sentence

  • 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

  • A set of Karuta cards with a winning work printed on each card.

Prizes for Country Category

  • A pair of sentence and picture card with the winner’s work printed on each card. (no karuta pack)

Results Announcement

  • 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.

Entry Conditions

  • 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 collect 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

  • Printforms

    See Entry Form

  • Fill in the forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Sendthe forms, picture

How to enter: School

  • Printthe forms

    See the Entry Form

  • Fill inthe forms

    How to fill in

  • Draw/paint a picture
  • PastetheWriting Sheeton the backside of thepicture

    How to paste

  • Send the forms, picture

The last contest’s works

Contact

Karuta 2020 Project team
3-4-45 Shibakubo-cho, Nishitokyo, Tkyo 188-0014
Phone: +intl-81-(0)42-439-5445

Contact Form