What is Chihayafuru(ちはやふる)? and what is karuta?

You can see this illustration at JR Awaraonsen Station.


Do you know a Japanese manga called Chihayafuru(ちはやふる in Japanese)?

It features karuta competitions and is written and illustrated by Suetsugu Yuki. (Karuta are traditional Japanese playing cards.) Ayase Chihaya, an active schoolgirl heroine, takes part in karuta competitions. She’s clumsy but has a strong passion for karuta. The manga is very well known in Japan, and as of 2019, it has sold over 24 million copies. It’s been translated into other languages. read more