《FUMI（文） NO MIYAKO（京） Bunkyo City , the City of Karuta》
(The Japanese characters of 文(fumi/bun (sentence/ writing)) and 京 (miyako/kyo (city, capital)) mean capital of (written) composition)
Kyogi Karuta began in Bunkyo City. Also the All Japan Karuta Association, the Karuta Memorial Otsuka Hall, the publisher of the manga comic “Chihayafuru” and several nationally competitive karuta groups are in Bunkyo City, therefor it is known for the City of Karuta. Every year, the elementary school championships and junior high school championships are held at Yushima Tenmangu Shrine in the city. Bunkyo City is known for an academic area with the University of Tokyo and other top-level schools being located in the city, which also preserves historical and cultural heritage from the old Edo capital. It is also strongly connected to the sports world with the first domed baseball stadium in Japan and Kodokan—the headquarters of judo located here.
“The Ogura Hyakunin Isshu Festival 2020 in Tokyo” in Bunkyo City will be scheduled to have a wide variety of events regardless of nationality, age or gender to enjoy, such as “borderless karuta tournament” played by international teams consisted by competitors in and out of Japan, “title tournament”, an interactive exhibition and hands-on activities to understand karuta culture deeply from Ogura Hyakunin Isshu to kyogi karuta.