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Uta-garuta (歌ガルタ) is the most popular among the many kinds of karuta (card games) in Japan. It is played mostly on New Year's Day, but there are also national conventions for playing uta-garuta. Each card has a poem, or portion thereof, written on it with a total of 100 poems in the game.

****** PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT THE ENTIRE CARD SET but rather some of the cards as it was an incomplete game so we broke them up into smaller sets.

The game of uta-garuta involves two types of cards.

100 "reading" cards with drawings: yomifuda
100 "grabbing" cards with words: torifuda

There are whole phrases of waka from the collection called Hyakunin Isshu written on the yomifuda. Only the lower phrase of the waka is written on the torifuda. When the reader reads out the waka on the yomifuda, the player quickly searches for the card among the torifuda to look for the phrase that matches the one that the reader is reading. This is the basic rule.

There are 10 cards in this set-5 picture cards and 5 cards with Japanese writing. These are from the "昭和" "showa period" . The "showa" period is from 1926-1989 but these are quite old as the pictures on the cards are different from the more modern ones.

These would be great for using in your art...mixed media, collage etc.

Each card measures 7 x 4.8 cm.

You get the cards you see in the pictures.

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Vintage Japanese Game Cards Uta-Garuta Set F