Hyakunin Isshu in High School

July 29, 2011

One subject I haven’t covered here much is the subject of the Hyakunin Isshu is the karuta card-game. I’ve talked about it on my other blog, but I saw this recent article on the Asahi Shinbun newspaper and wanted to talk this one in particular.

As the article explains, the Hyakunin Isshu card-game is one of many extra-curricular activities in Japan for kids, though usually not as popular as sports or other activities. Still it has a small, venerable tradition, and like many school activities, it can be pretty competitive, but a great team-building activity.

I was surprised to hear about the new comic about this sport though, so I looked it up. The manga can be found here titled “Chihayafuru”, which is related to poem 17 in the Hyakunin Isshu (the opening line), which also happens to be a famous pillow word too. I was thinking it might be interesting to read, except the cover implies that it’s a young ladies novel, and I am too old, and too much of a male neanderthal for that kind of thing. 😉

2 Responses to “Hyakunin Isshu in High School”

  1. Jessica said

    The anime adaptation of Chihayafuru is actually quite good! After a few episodes, the show gets you really into the extreme intensity of the game. I believe you would enjoy learning about the hidden meanings behind some of the poems.

  2. Nadia said

    ahh it’s interesting that because of the manga I found your blog! I’m trying to further understand the poems and this blog has been a great help indeed. Thank you so much! I believe you would enjoy the manga as it goes deep into the poems and it’s imagery too, a little long/time consuming though as it is still ongoing after many years.

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