Ogoola Karuta is a karuta shop that offers Ogoola Karuta Poetry Games in English, German, French, Swedish and Chinese. We also offer the original Hyakuninisshu karutas translated in English, Swedish and French.
Ogoola Karuta poetry game is the world's first non-Japanese karuta which uses poetry quotes from poems written in English, German, French, Swedish and Chinese. Karuta is a game based on a 400 year old traditional Japanese poetry game.
The game is about listening and being fast. A reader reads a poetry quote aloud from a reading card. The players grab the matching playing card which is being read aloud as fast as she can. Be the first to win!
Please visit our website at http://www.ogoola.org
Best seller since 2016
English Hyakuninisshu Karuta!
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This karuta is the traditional Japanese poetry card game of 100 complete original Japanese poems from Ogura Hyakuninisshu translated into English "wakas" (5+7+5; 7+7 syllables). Card no. 1-100. All cards have both the Japanese original poem with a unique illustration or text from the original Japanese karuta from Shogundo in Kyoto, plus the English translation (by Clay MacCauley 1917) on the other side of the cards. The English translation strictly follows the 57577 syllables - "waka" form. Therefore you can read/ sing it in the unique original Japanese waka melody.
Contents: 100 reading cards, 100 playing cards. Card size: 70x100 mm, Box 120x170x45 mm, Net weight 540g. This complete edition is packed in a stable box with a divider.
Karuta is sometimes described as intellectual martial arts. It is about listening and being extremely focused and fast, just like the Samurai with their swords. Only here you fight with cards instead. To begin, a reader is chosen or a reader app will be used to read the poems on the reading cards aloud. Players listen and search for the playing card which have only the second part of the poem written on them. The reader always reads the second part aloud also even if the players may take the cards if they recognize the matching card. Be the first to get the matching cards to win.
Review from Japan Center Michigan State University 2020-03-09
“… really appreciated how you used the 5-7-5-7-7 syllable translations, and the reading app made it feel just as real to us as the “traditional” version of the game.”
Tip: Download the free iOS audio reader app (companion app for this game). You can use the reader app for practicing and also when you are only two persons and you need a reader. We have two reader apps. 1.Hyakuninisshu EN : This reader app sings the poems exactly like the Japanese wakas (original poems) are sung. 2.Read Hyakunin Isshu EN: This reader app is read normally. The app which is read is easier to understand but the app which is sung sounds more genuine like the original Japanese poems.
The Android reader app is still under construction due to the new regulations Google made last November.
Meanwhile, for those who have an android device or a PC, you can play the readings on Spotify. Search Hyakuninisshu English Karuta by Aya Feurst on spotify. You can also download the audio recording of the Hyakuninisshu English translation from our homepage (www.ogoola.org). for free. Please go to Media/Download/English on our Homepage to download the readings. You will find the recordings there and can download and listen to the original song of the wakas and the readings in English. You will need to Download an audio player for example the VLC to make your own playlist. Good Luck!
Shipment Information: We send all our products with the company postnord. It is the northern European post. For customers who select the track and trace service for their shipment, the following link will get you to the track and trace service page. Just click the link and input your Shipment ID that we notice you via email and you can track your parcel as soon as it's on its way. Link to postnord.
Our mission is to spread karuta and poetry all over the world.
Since 2009, we have been specializing in making karuta in non-Japanese languages to be able to share with the world the beauty of poetry and the excitement you can experience through this game of karuta.
Ogoola Karuta Poetry Game is a card game which uses poetry quotes from famous poems that originates in non-Japanese countries. Our Karutas are a variation of the traditional Japanese poetry game, Ogura Hyakunin-isshu Uta-karuta.
Karuta has been played for over 400 years in Japan. Today we offer karutas in English, German, French, Swedish and Chinese using the original poems (quotes) written in each of these languages.
For people interested in the original Japanese karuta using the Hyakuninisshu poems, we offer the Hyakuninisshu Translated Karutas in English, Swedish and French. The English Hyakuninisshu karuta uses the translation by Clay Mac Cauley (1917). This translation follows the Japanese waka form of 57577 syllables so it is possible to sing the poems in the same melody as the original Japanese poems. We are proud to present our recording of this English translation which is made into a free reader app. The English translation recording has two editions. One which is sung in the original melody and the other which is read. The readings can also be found on Spotify.
We hope to contribute in spreading poetry and karuta all over the world.
So what is this game about?
This game is about listening and being FAST. A reader reads the reading cards aloud while players search, find and grab fast the matching playing card which is being read aloud. 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.
Aya Feurst Hasegawa and Ola Feurst
Founders of Ogoola Karuta
We are an international couple from Stockholm and Tokyo specialized in making Karuta in non-Japanese languages. Our company name Olayaselection derives from our names Ola and Aya. We love to dance, play music, sing, read, play games and meet interesting people. We also love to cook plant based and try to contribute in saving our beautiful planet.
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 on our poetry project.