Ogoola Karuta English poetry and translations of Japanese Karuta
The original English Ogoola Karuta game is available in three versions; Classic, Modern and Complete.
ENGLISH CLASSIC (1-50)
Uses 50 classical English poems from 1340 until 1882. Contains 50 reading cards, 50 playing cards and a poetry book (instructions, rules, history and the 50 poetry quotes).
ENGLISH MODERN (51-100)
Uses 50 modern English poems from the 19th century until today. Contains 50 reading cards, 50 playing cards and a poetry book (instructions, rules, history and the 50 poetry quotes).
ENGLISH COMPLETE (1-100)
A complete version of the classic and modern poems. Contains 100 reading cards, 100 playing cards and a poetry book (instructions, rules, history and the 100 poetry quotes).
Tip: Download the Ogoola reader app!
Available for Android and iOS devices. Enjoy to the reader Myrra Malmberg. This app serves as the reader when you want to practice and when everybody wants to play. If you are two players, the app will allow both of your to play!
The original Japanese poems from Ogura Hyakuninisshu translated to English “wakas” (57577 syllables). All cards have both the Japanese original poem with a unique illustration or text from Shogundo´s karuta, plus the English translation. Translation by Clay Mac Cauley (1917).
HYAKUNINISSHU English (51-100) Translation Part 2 Translated version of the original “Ogura Hyakuninisshu”, second part (50 reading cards and 50 playing cards, with poems no. 51-100).
Ogoola Karuta in German and Swedish
DEUTSCHE KLASSIKER (1-48)
“German Classics”, uses 48 classical German poems. Contains 48 reading cards, 48 playing cards and an instruction sheet.
SVENSKA KLASSIKER (1-50)
“Swedish Classics”, uses 50 classical Swedish poems. Contains 50 reading cards, 50 playing cards and an instruction sheet.
Genuine Tatami Karuta Game Mat
A genuine tatami mat from Nagasaki Japan exclusively made for playing the Ogoola Karuta poetry games and competitive karuta (kyogi karuta). Two territories with the correct measures. Handmade from real Amakusa grass.
Place the Tatami Game Mat on a table or on the floor, and place the playing cards on the game board to get the real karuta experience!
Available at selected retailers and at
Textile Karuta Game Mat
Buy the textile version of the Karuta Game Mat. It looks exactly like the real tatami mat, but it’s less expensive and more practical because it is easier and lighter to transport. Possible to wash.
Place a soft blanket on a table or on the floor, and place the textile game mat and the playing cards on top of it to get a close-to-real karuta experience.
English 100 Poetry Book
Read up on the poems and be ahead of your competitors – or read it just for fun!
A little book with playing instructions, the rules of the game, history and all the quotations of poetry included in the Ogoola Karuta Poetry Game as well as an index and all references.
A Poetry Book is included in the English (and Swedish) games. The Poetry Book, English 100 is also avaliable to buy extra copies here. Download PDF.
Ogoola Karuta Reader Apps
Download a Reader App on your smartphone Android device or read more about the Ogoola apps in Google Play
Please note:The German Reader app, Karuta52 Reader app and the original Japanese Hyakuninisshu readings in Japanese read by Shogundo are not available on the iOS AppStore.
Click and listen to reading samples!
Example of Swedish Reader: Christian Fex
Example of English Reader: Myrra Malmberg
Example Hyakuninisshu English translation (song): Aya Hasegawa
Example of German Reader: Valeska Engesser
Example of Japanese Reader: Eizo Tamura
Example Hyakuninisshu English translation (read): Ola Feurst
Try the app Karuta52 (in English)
This has nothing to do with Poetry but all to do with listening and being fast! You will learn how to play Karuta in one minute!