Bunkyo（文京） means “the capital of literature” as 文 (fumi/bun) means writing/sentence/literature, and 京 (miyako/kyo) means capital.
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 powerful kyogi karuta clubs are located in Bunkyo, which explains why it’s known as the City of Karuta. Every year, elementary school karuta championships and middle school karuta championships are held at Yushima Tenmangu Shrine in the city. Bunkyo is known as an educational center with the University of Tokyo and other top colleges located in the city, which also preserves historical and cultural heritage from the Edo period. It is also strongly connected to sports: Bunkyo is home to the first domed baseball stadium in Japan and Kodokan, the world headquarters of judo. “The Ogura Hyakunin-isshu Festival 2020 in Tokyo” in Bunkyo city is slated to have a wide variety of events, including a match between the reigning Meijin and Queen, hands-on activities to understand Karuta culture deeply from Ogura Hyakunin-isshu to Kyogi Karuta,and exhibitions open to the public.
An Ogura Hyakunin-isshu Karuta festival that everybody can enjoy through various exhibitions and workshops.
Bunkyo Civic Center /Address:1-16-21 Kasuga, Bunkyo City, TokyoGoogle MAP
Kodokan /Address:1-16-30 Kasuga, Bunkyo City, TokyoGoogle MAP
Bunkyo Kumin Center /Address:4-15-14 Hongo, Bunkyo City, TokyoGoogle MAP
Introducing the history of Kyogi Karuta and Ogura Hyakunin-isshu and the efforts of Bunkyo city, Otsu city and Awara city.
In addition, duplicates of the original hand drawings of the manga “Chihayafuru” will be on display.
Kyogi Karuta quiz bowl.
Lecture by the Meijin, Keitaro Kumehara, 8th dan degree
Open to public, but advance application required to attend at the venue.
January 9th, 2021 Meijin & Queen Tournament winners, 8th Dan Meijin Keitaro Kumehara and 6th Dan Queen Yuri Yamazoe face off in this special match!
Powerful college clubs will compete (team event featuring 5 players from each school).
You will collect stamps when you attend an exhibition or workshop at booths designated for the stamp rally.
If you collect 6 stamps, you can get a "Chihayafuru" key chain or coaster made specially for this event.
Let’s participate in the stamp rally and win prizes! Which prize you get will be a surprise.
Enjoy the matches between dan-degree players in kimono.
Open to beginners! Ranked Kyogi Karuta players will teach the basics of karuta. About 20 minutes per session.
Knowledge about Ogura Hyakunin-isshu is required.
Let’s enjoy Bunkyo Karuta, featuring places and historical figures related to Bunkyo city.
The Yomi-fuda used in this game were created by elementary school students. You can play karuta and learn about Bunkyo city at the same time.
Join us with your friends!
Experience Boccia, an official Paralympic event for people with disabilities.
Experience a karuta game using Yomi-fuda, the card for reciters which have a full poem and a poet portrait. Japanese language knowledge is not required.
Display of karuta written in braille for the visually impaired. The sighted can experience it provided at the venue.
You can try a game via the smartphone app ”Kyogi Karuta ONLINE”
You can also watch the International Online Karuta Tournament.
Quiz tournament about Ogura Hyakunin-isshu.
You can also enjoy watching Q＆A about Hyakunin-isshu on the panels.
We will exhibit a timeline on karuta promotion overseas, including photos and panels introducing karuta players from around the world.
Exhibition featuring works by art college students each based on one of the Hyakunin-isshu poems.
The exhibit features Karuta cards from the Edo period and Kyogi Karuta cards from the Meiji period on loan from Tokyo.
Various Hyakunin-isshu karuta cards including cards translated into foreign languages and cards for children will be also exhibited.
Originally built from the personal funds of the second chairmen of the All Japan Karuta Association, Mr. Hidefumi Ito, this hall was later donated to Bunkyo City.
In addition to holding tournaments such as the preliminaries of the east division and matches to decide the challengers for the Meijin and Queen titles, many Karuta clubs also use the venue as a practice hall.
In the manga “‘Chihayafuru”, this venue hosted many famous matches, such as Taichi and Arata’s Meijin challenger match.
This park, near to the Otsuka Karuta Memorial Hall, opened in 1986 on the site of the former Tokyo University (currently the University of Tsukuba). In the manga ‘Chihayafuru’, it features as a place where Chihaya and Master Suo met. The Bunkyo Sports Center in the park holds the New Year’s National Karuta tournament every January.
Enshrined here is the god of learning, Michizane Sugawara, who wrote the poem ‘Konotabiha’. Many entrance examinees visit this shrine to pray in exam season. Every year, Competitive Karuta National Elementary School and Junior High Championships are held here at Yushima Tenmangu, determining the number one competitors in Japan. The Bunkyo Plum Festival is held every year from February to March, and the shrine's chrysanthemum festival is also held in November.
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