Sunday, February 27, 2011
Card Games (Not on Motorcycles)
I did a cultural presentation on 正月 (Japanese New Year celebration) last semester, and found a lot of information on Iroha Karuta, as it's a popular game to play during New Year festivities. It's basically a game of matching the text read from one card to the images on the others. There are 48 cards corresponding to the former ordering of the Japanese syllabary, each character representing a different proverb.
Brief overview of Iroha and related card games
More in-depth explanations
BUT! That's not all, it has evolved into many different forms and you can find all sorts of card games nowadays
. Inubou karuta (犬ぼうかるた） Traditional Iroha game with a proverb on each card (named for the first card: 犬も歩けば棒に当たる/inu mo arukeba bou ni ataru/"Even a dog, walking, will come across a stick") Proverbs here
Youkai or Obake karuta (featuring ghosts, demons and monsters, popular in the Edo period)
Retro katakana karuta
(Not Iroha, but "Evolution cards")
ふるさとカルタ （Historic village?)
Toto awase (Tokyo style edition) Match the fish halves (you can find several versions of this game)
Tori awase - match the birds.
お魚かるた Reissue of a game produced by a Tokyo fish market as a promotional item..?
WHOA! いい男... Hunky Man Iroha?
京いろはかるた丸 Circular Iroha cards featuring punny illustrations of kanji
Kanji Trump Visual memory game for learning kanji
Children playing a giant Iroha game in the snow