The ultimate karuta for people who want to play karuta in Japanese but can not read Japanese characters. With these cards, you can play competitive (kyogi) karuta like Chihaya, or prepare for participating in karuta tournaments.
Romaji is the romanization of the Japanese written language. It is the transliteration of Japanese terms to the Roman text or other languages that use the Roman alphabet. There are different romanization systems of the Japanese language. This Romaji karuta uses the Hepburn system.
This is the first Romaji Hyakuninisshu Karuta cards in the world, using the roman alphabet to write the original Japanese Ogura Hyakuninisshu. Now you can finally read the Hyakuninisshu poems without having to learn the Japanese characters. This means that you can listen, read and play in Japanese keeping the original meter and rhythm, like the Japanese have done for 400 years.
The cards have the original Japanese illustrations and texts from Shogundo printed on one side and the Japanese Hyakuninisshu poems in Romaji on the other side. This allows you to play with either Romaji or Japanese writings. It also has a clue (kimariji) on each card that helps you recognize the correct card.
This karuta uses the 100 original Japanese poems used for competitive karuta (Ogura Hyakuninisshu). Written from 7th until the 13th century, selected by Fujiwara no Sadaie-Teika (1235), transliterated by Olayaselection (2020).
Contents: 100 Reading Cards (Yomifuda), 100 Playing Cards (Torifuda). The Reading cards and Playing cards are available separately as well.