Karuta - The Ultimate Brain Sport Lecture

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

Join the JICC for an afternoon of fun and games, literally, as we present an interactive demonstration of the 1000-year-old game, Karuta! Players of Karuta have kept their brains limber for centuries using this competitive memorization technique.

Karuta began as a game called Hyaku Nin Isshu, meaning, "one hundred poets, one poem." Players face off over one hundred cards that each show the end of a famous tanka poem. A reader begins each poem and the players race to snatch the card with the correct ending.

Since the players have to memorize all one hundred poems in order to be the fastest, Karuta is an excellent educational method. Come see an interactive presentation about this time-tested tool for exercising the brain! Don't blink; you'll miss it.

Special School Program

Even if you've already visited us for a school program, we invite you to join us for this special event! Students can learn about this 1000-year-old courtly game and the modern resurgence of interest in Japan and around the world.

Karuta is an excellent educational tool. Modern Karuta games are not only for poems, but also for memorizing vocabulary, mathematics, science facts, foreign language phrases, trivia and much more. Come see an interactive presentation about this time-tested tool that makes learning fun!

We are delighted to offer the program to area schools on weekdays between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m., January 30 to February 14. Call (202) 238-6900 or click below to reach us and register for a day and time to bring your students.

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