Japanese card games

Japan has a rich history of pastimes, board games and card games. There are competitive versions of many games and the game introduced by Yokozuka sensei below is one of these. The national competition for this game receives news coverage and there have been a number of comic books, movies and dramas featuring this game.

Read the Japanese without or with Kanji furigana help, and learn Japanese words from the English translation and word list. Perhaps you can add some Japanese culture to your new year celebrations and holidays by trying out this game.








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There is a game in Japan called “Karuta”. It has cards rather like playing cards with pictures and words on them. The cards are called “Fuda”, and are composed of two types, those to be read and some face cards. The reading cards have a proverb written on them and the face cards have pictures that correspond to these words. One person reads the reading card and all the other players try to take the face cards. There are many varieties like “Iroha Karuta”, “Uta Garuta”, “Hyakunin Isshu” and some peculiar to local areas.

Recently, there are really many types of the game, not only Karuta with proverbs and idioms but also Kanji Karuta, alphabet Karuta, famous people from history Karuta and even Karuta to help you understand evolution. Ordinarily, when we talk about Karuta, we have an image of New Year's, but Karuta is also helpful when studying words and many other things.

I hear that there are some people who use Karuta to study Japanese too. If you are interested in this, why not have a go at playing Karuta ?

かるた [<((ポルトガル語))carta]karuta; Japanese card

札(ふだ) a card

読み札(よみふだ) cards to be read by the reader [reciter] in a game of karuta

絵札(えふだ) a face card

構成(こうせい) composition

対応(たいおう) correspondence

生物の進化(せいぶつのしんか) organic evolution

聞くところによると I hear


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