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Hyakunin isshu karuta.

Additional Title(s):

Ogura hyakunin isshu

Japan, late 18th century?
Physical Description:
200 playing cards
Rare Books and Manuscripts
PL758.5 .O48 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Related Content:
View catalog record for Poetry box (2003), a response by Eileen Hogan to the game of utagaruta
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
The set is similar to items 57 and 58 (dated ca. 1750) in: Keller, W.B. A catalogue of the Cary Collection of Playing Cards in the Yale University Library.
In lacquered wooden box with two compartments, each with silk brocade covered chemises. The lid of the box bears two family emblems in gold.
Japanese card game, known as utagaruta (or uta-garuta, uta karuta) based on a classic anthology of 100 poems by 100 different poets, first compiled in the thirteenth century by Fujiwara Sadaie (commonly known as Fujiwara no Teika). Includes 200 cards, 100 with hand-colored woodblock portraits of poets, all with text in manuscript, on gold-backed and gold-flecked board.
The title of the game translates to "One hundred people, one poem." The cards are of two types, one bearing the start of a poem and the relevant poet's portrait, the other the text of the poem's ending. The game requires each player (or side) to listen to the start of the poem as it is read aloud from the poet cards and then to identify the corresponding ending from the other text cards laid out. In Japanese culture, the game is traditionally a New Year's pastime.
Subject Terms:
Amusements -- Japan.
Japan -- Social life and customs.
Japanese poetry -- To 1600.
Poetry -- Collections.
Poets, Japanese.
Utagaruta (Game)
Games -- Japan.
Playing cards.
Recreations -- Japan.
Woodcuts -- 1775-1800.
Fujiwara, Sadaie, 1162-1241.

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