Words from Matt, winner(受賞者)

A few years ago, I went to Japan for the first time, at that time I had the chance to go to Toyo university for a summer cultural bootcamp if I may say. While studying Japanese language and culture we had the chance to participate in a Karuta workshop. I only knew this game from anime and it was really niche for me. For people who don’t know what is “Karuta” it’s a traditional Japanese game where you need to be the fastest to find the card with the illustration tied to the poetry the referee is reading. It’s quite fun but can be really hard. It’s a game of memory, speed and knowledge.

Anyway, after a few years I got my first game sent by the Karuta 2020 organisation and it was kind of a prototype with the cards we created at that workshop. And a few years later, this year to be exact, the official game is out, this is supposed to be used in the Olympics to promote Karuta as an Olympic sport and cultural treasure. My card is officially the one representing Belgium and I’m proud of it (even tho my drawing skills are awful, I’m sorry). This is the one you can see on the picture.Thank you again for this opportunity and for your gift.

日本に初めてに行ました、東洋大学の夏キャンプに行ました。そのキャンプで日本の文化と日本語を勉強しました。とても楽しかったです。その時にもカルタのワークショップをしました。そのゲームをアニメだけを見てたけど後で一緒にやってみてた本当に楽しかった。。。と難しかったwwとにかく、その後でカルタ2020が僕をプロトタイプを送って上げました。僕のカードはベルギーのofficialカードになりました!その後で、その年、本物の本物オリンピックのカルタ2020ゲームを送りました。感謝するです。ありがとうございます。