Sri Lanka Karuta Project in Galle: Report Session

We are going to hold a report session on the first Sri Lanka ‘Karuta’ Project completed in Galle last October.
Kauta is a traditional Japanese card game with an educational theme such as geography, literature.

We, a team of 6 Japanese visitors, traveled to Sacred Heart Junior School on their Children’s Day and
helped the grade 5 girls create their original version of karuta cards themed around Japan and Sri Lanka.
They also had fun playing karuta using their own cards.

On the session you will not only learn about our project but also have a chance to play karuta by
using the cards created by the girls in Galle.

See the details 

Sri Lanka Karuta cards

See the karuta picture cards created by grade 5 children in Gall.  They are about 

Adame’s Peak
Galle Bell Tower
Stilt Fisherman 
Ambalangoda Mask
Sigiriya Rock
Dambulla cave temple
The Ruwanwelisaya Stupa
Kandyan dance
Perahera Festival


Sri Lanka Karuta Project in Galle

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.  



Report: the 2nd Poland Karuta workshop

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.


Here is the completed karuta cards.

Report: Thailand Karuta Workshop

On Sunday, 26th November we held Thailand Karuta Workshop in Asagaya, Tokyo as an approved commemorative event of the 130th anniversary of Japan-Thailand diplomatic relations with 11 participants including a Singapore student.

First they learned 19 various topics on Thailand through  presentation by a Thai guest speaker. For example the topics are; Thai greeting, food and festival, music instrument, sport and then traditional Thai house and beaches.

Then each participant chose 1 topic to write the clue in English, Japanese and draw the picture.

In the end we had 3 karuta games using the new cards.For the first game we used clue cards in Japanese and then English clue cards for the 2nd game. For the final game we mixed up cards in Japanese and English to make the game more challenging. The winning team was given a miniature karuta cards by the leader of Suginami Karuta Project.

According to their questionnaires we collected all of them felt worthwhile participating in the workshop. They put “It was nice to learn about Thailand”, “it was interesting to learn new culture”, “self-thinking tasks increased my deeper understanding on Thail culture.” so it is clear that the workshop provided them with a lot of learning.

This was the first time to offer a creative karuta workshop through presentation by an international guest speaker. One of the participants commented as “The clear presentation on Thailand made creating cards very fun” so we think the workshop became more successful with the guest presentation.

This time we created the 12 pairs of clue and answer cards among 26 pairs. So we would like to hold another Thai Karuta workshop to complete 26 pairs of karuta cards. Please join us.

Workshop Karuta Award 2016 for schools, UK

In September 2017 we visited 3 schools in Kent, United Kingdom to hand over the certificate of  Workshop Karuta Award 2016 and the prize, a pack of Karuta set.


Report: Workshop at Elementary School Thematic English Education Movement

On 23rd July we had a workshop opportunity to share Karuta 2020 project with English educators at Study Meeting in Bunkyo, Tokyo, organized by ESTEEM(Elementary School Thematic English Education Movement) .  After the introduction of Karuta 2020 they created their own clue cards which match the picture cards showing various countries, made by British children. In the end we had a small karuta match which everybody enjoyed.  We got many questions and comments so the workshop was successful.  The below photos shows their original clues matching to the picture cards.

Report: Creative Karuta Workshop on various countries

We held Creative Karuta Workshop at Suginami Kyodou Plaze, Suginami, Tokyo with 7 participants including Thailand student.  Each person was in charge of creating both clue and answer card on their chosen country such as  Bhutan, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Somalia, Thailand.  We got the first karuta card on Bhutan, Hungary and Somalia!

Report: Creative Karuta Workshop at Toyo University

On Wednesday, 24th August, 2016  we held Creative Karuta Workshop at Toyo University, Bunkyo-ward, Tokyo with two international students from Belgium, Thailand and 4 Japanese students majoring in literature.

We spent almost 3 hours to complete karuta cards on various topics on Belgium, Japan and Vietnam. We got the first karuta works on Belgium and Vietnam.