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English Karuta and Hyakuninisshu since 2009! Play like Chihayafuru!

Based on the ancient Japanese poetry game, karuta.

In 2009 for the first time in history,  an English version of the game karuta was created using beautiful quotations of classical and modern English poems.

Karuta has been played for over 400 years in Japan and there are over one million karuta players competing in clubs. Due to the manga and anime Chihayafuru, karuta has become known worldwide.

So what is this game about? This game is about listening and being FAST. A reader reads a poem or a poetry quote aloud. Players search and grab the matching playing card being read. Grab the right card before your competitors, in order to win! Known as an intellectual martial arts game in Japan.

Use our Android or iOS reader app to act as the reader – if everyone wants to play! You can also use Spotify. The readings are in the albums Ogoola Karuta English Classics and Modern.

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 game cards 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 by Clay MacCauley. 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!

Click here below and listen to our new recording of the Hyakuninisshu English Translated Karuta, using the original Makurakotoba, Chihayaburu. You can download it for free under Media/Downloads on this website.