The Paper had the privilege of attending a real life karuta demonstration in the Washington DC area. He even got to play. Did he win? Find out!
Chihayafuru is about Hyakunin Isshu karuta, which is all about jisaku-poemu (自作ポエム “self-produced original poetry”). It’s full of that!
I’m now caught up on Chihayafuru, which is an interesting experiment in how much an anime can be fixated on a single subject without losing its human focus. Is karuta really a metaphor for everything?