Hello. We are calling for drawings on the theme of 21 countries at Creative Karuta Award 2020.
If you are not sure of those countries, please look at our web page
You can see a list of sample subjects to draw and some Youtube videos.
Among the 21 countries, we have not received any drawings on the following eight (8) countries.
If you are not sure which country you want to draw, please consider drawing those countries. Afghanistan,
– Children and adults are invited to submit a drawing and text about the 21 countries.
– The winning works will be used to print a traditional Japanese card game ‘Karuta’.
– The winners will receive the printed karuta cards.
– Multiple entries are accepted.
– Deadline: 29 January 2021
– See the details.
Hello. In June we announced the result of Age category. Today we would
like to share the status of the country category with you.
For the country category we will select one work(drawing) for each country,
a total of 206 works. It became clear that there were no suitable work
in the following 21 countries through the last contest. So we decided to
hold another contest called “Creative Karuta Award 2020” to collect
the works of those 21 countries. The deadline is on 29th January 2021.
For more information, please visit https://karuta2020.tokyo/en/creative-karuta-award/creative-karuta-award-2020/.
On the other hand we have enough works for the other 185 countries and
we are going to select one work per one country and will announce the
result by March 2021. We sincerely apologize for such a large delay in
the announcement of results.
Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, North Korea, Tajikistan, Yemen
Thanks so much for many entries to Creative Karuta Award 2019-20.
We received over 1000 creative works from all over the world.
We planned to announce the contest result in May and to hold the
Award ceremony in June but we cannot go ahead as planned under a
state of emergency declared by Japanese government.
So we would like to inform you the updated procedures as follows.
We will not hold the ceremony in June. We hope to hold it next year.
(2)Judging for Age category
We plan to announce the result in June.
(3)Judging for Country category
We planned to seek the judgement of each country expert but we cannot
do it under the corona virus pandemic worldwide. On the other hand we
found many countries with no entry work or not enough quality work.
So we plan to hold additional contest to receive quality work for those countries.
We will update our plan for this category in June.
Many of you must be anxious about the result but we sincerely hope you understand the
‘Creative Karuta Award 2019-20’ office
The following artworks were picked up randomly from among 1000 entry works.
This is not related to contest judging at all.
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.