Karuta in English - Ogoola Karuta



Spreading the world’s first non-Japanese Karuta
Since 2009

New Reader APP for the
akuninisshu English Translated Karuta
is here on iOS!

Challenge your friends and your mind with a game of Ogoola Karuta

Based on the ancient Japanese karuta poetry game.

The Ogoola Karuta poetry card game is based on the traditional Japanese poetry game called Ogura Hyakunin-isshu Utakaruta.

We believe that a game that has been played for over 400 years in Japan must be something really special. So, in 2009 for the first time in history, we made an English version of the game karuta with beautiful quotations from classical and modern English poems from the 14th century until today!

So what is this game about? This game is about listening and finding FAST what you are listening to, in the playing cards laid in front of you. Grab the right card before your competitors in order to win! Known as an intellectual martial arts game in Japan. The cards have famous  poetry quotes on them but no prior knowledge is needed! Use our Android or iOS app to act as the reader – if everyone wants to play!

See the game in action! (Instagram) 

In addition to the Ogoola Karuta games we also have the English translated Karuta of the original Ogura Hyakunin Isshu – the classical Japanese anthology of one hundred Japanese poems (or waka) by one hundred poetsThese gamecards feature the original poems in Japanese on one side, and the English translations on the other side. The English translation is translated in the original 575-77 syllables Waka form. Therefore it is possible to read or sing in the original melody and rhythm.

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Experience Japanese culture and the world of poetry through karuta! Fun and laughter is guaranteed!