Ogoola Karuta

About Karuta

Ogoola Karuta Poetry Game is based on the traditional Japanese poetry game called Ogura Hyakunin-isshu Utakaruta.

We believe that a game that has been played for over 400 years in Japan must be really special. So, for the first time in history, we made the game in English, German and in Swedish! This ancient game will contribute to a better understanding between different cultures and will help share the beautiful poems written in different countries. Needless to say, you can learn languages by having fun playing!

So what is this game about?

This game is about listening and finding FAST what you are listening to in the cards you will pick. Grab the correct cards before the others do in order to win! Known as an intellectual martial arts game in Japan. The cards have famous poetry quotes on them but no prior knowledge is needed!

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Fun and challenging game to play with friends and family. I didn't expect a game including poems to be this action filled but it truly does bring up your inner competitor! Ogoola Karuta requires you to be quick and alert at all times. It doesn't matter if you know the poems from before. I have played Ogoola approximately 20 times and still enjoy it! I really recommend the reader app as it makes it possible for everyone to join the game.


Msc, Royal Institute of Technology

About Us

Aya Feurst Hasegawa and Ola Feurst

Founders of Ogoola Karuta

We are an international couple from Stockholm and Tokyo. Our company name Olayaselection derives from our names Ola and Aya. We met at a meditation festival. We love to dance, play music, meet interesting people and eat well. We are vegans who care about animals and our planet (although we do ride heavy motorcycles in the summer). We live on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea with our beloved dog, Heyla. Ola is a marketing professor at Uppsala University, Campus Gotland and spends most of his free time together with me, working with our poetry project.