- Holding period:
Saturday, 22nd May to Sunday, 13th June
- Festival outline:
- In the year of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics the three cities of Bunkyo, Awara, Fukui; and Otsu, Shiga; Tokyo will jointly hold the world’s first Ogura Hyakunin-isshu Festival to showcase 800 years of Japanese history and culture through the tradition of Ogura Hyakunin-isshu and Kyogi Karuta competitions.
- Bunkyo city
Special Exhibition Saturday, 22nd May to Sunday, 30th May / Various events Saturday, 29th May to Sunday, 30th May *In-person events were canceled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Awara city
Competition Sunday, 6th June
- Otsu city
Symposium Sunday, 13th June
- Bunkyo city
- Hosted by:
- All Japan Karuta Association / Bunkyo City, Tokyo / Awara City, Fukui Prefecture / Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture
- Request of attendees:
At this event, you will have the opportunity to watch matches that are usually not open to the public.
Kyogi Karuta requires intense concentration and the more elite the player, the quicker he or she can analyze the sound of the reciter’s voice before a syllable is fully articulated.
Please pay attention to the following points when observing the match and enjoy the speed, skills and strength of the competitors.
- Request to all spectators:
Please adhere to the following requests during the competition :
Please refrain from taking pictures with your camera or mobile phone.
Turn off your mobile phone or put it into silent mode.
Refrain from moving and talking when the reciter starts to read the second half of the poem.
※Be careful not to make any noise. Footsteps, rustling clothes, whispering, vibrations of mobile phones, sound of plastic shopping bags, sound of turning pages, and so on.