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CONTENTS

1 Japanese Traditional Play  “ Karuta “
2 The Event Calendar

3 How to apply to Hoikuen (Child Care Facility)

4 Hokago Room (After-School Childcare Program)
5How to use public bicycle parks near train stations
6 Japanese Cooking
    ~Braised Hijiki~
7 Music Festival by Thousand Players
8 FIRA Spring Festival
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Japanese Traditional Play  Karuta

 
 

“Karuta “, Japanese Cards, represented by “Ogura Hyakunin Isshu”, bearing pictures and writing have been a familiar form of amusement in Japan since around the Heian Era ( 794 1185 )

“Ogura Hyakunin Isshu” features a collection of waka poems, one from each of 100 great poets in Japanese history. There are two kinds of cards used in the game of “Hyakunin Isshu “, Yomi-Fuda and Tori-Fuda. Each Yomi-Fuda has one of the poems printed in its entirety. Each Tori-Fuda has only the second half of a poem printed on it. A reciter reads out Tomi-Fuda and the players compete to grab the corresponding Tori-Fuda.

In the Meiji Era ( 1868 1912 ), a new way of playing man to man game emerged. It is called competitive karuta . The players’ movements as they reach out for the Tori-Fuda are so fast, you can barely tell whats going on because of its intensity.  It has been called a martial art on Tatami and become a hot game casted on TV.

Hyakunin Isshu karuta are the ingenuity and passion of the Japanese people for elegant family game and should not be missed when family members and relatives irrespective of ages get together during New Year days.

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