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
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 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.
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.
Last October we were invited by Sacred Heart Convent (Junior School), Galle
Sri Lanka to visit them on the Children’s Day 2018 to introduce Karuta to their
grade 5 children.
We helped them to create their original English version of Karuta cards
themed around Japan, Sri Lanka and played karuta with their own cards.
Everybody not only children but also teachers and supporting alumni
enjoyed the game with a lot of smiles.
Just after the project another school invited us to visit them next year and
our activities were covered by local papers as below. So I felt sure
karuta can be a new educational tool to promote understanding
between the two countries.
On Saturday, 14th July we held the 2nd Poland Karuta workshop in Nishiogikubo, Suginami, Tokyo, organized by Suginami Karuta Project, a member of Karuta 2020 project team. The total 10 people, many of participants were the Suginami locals, worked together. First we learned various aspects of Polish culture through presentation by a Polish student. Then each of us chose one subject, drew the picture and created the lines. Finally we enjoyed playing karuta with the new cards.
We have just completed Creative Karuta Award ceremony last Saturday with the winners and their family/friends from 5 countries such as Hong Kong, Japan, Russia Federation, Singapore, Sri Lanka. After the ceremony we enjoyed playing karuta with the Global Karuta 2017 while appreciating all original winning artworks exhibited on the venue.
After the ceremony we had a Karuta workshop themed around Russia. First we learned various cultural items of Russian through presentation of a guest speaker Eva who lives in Japan to study Japanese language. Then each of them got a topic to write a clue text and draw the picture. In the end we played karuta with the new cards and the winners got a prize to choose.