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What I say is, patience, and shuffle the cards. Miguel De Cervantes, Don Quixote
A man's idea in a card game is war - cruel, devastating and pitiless. A lady's idea of it is a combination of larceny, embezzlement and burglary. Finley Peter Dunne, Mr. Dooley on Making a Will
When I look up at
The wide-stretched plain of heaven,
Is the moon the same
That rose on Mount Mikasa
In the land of Kasuga? Abe no Nakamaro, Ogura Hyakunin Isshu
Uh, is this a game of chance?
Not the way I play it, no. W C Fields, My Little Chickadee
Last weekend in a community hall near where I live there was a karuta tournament. Karuta is a traditional Japanese card game. It's often played in the new year. The word karuta comes from Portuguese.
It's partly a literary memory game and partly a reaction speed battle.
The traditional game is based on a book of waka poems called the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. It was compiled by Fujiwara no Teika in the thirteenth century in the Ogura district of Kyoto. It is a book of one hundred poems by one hundred poets. That is a simple concept for an anthology of poetry and there is a modern anthology of English poetry called 100 Poems by 100 Poets.
Now there are also karuta with many different themes and designs. There are sets based on popular comic characters like One Piece and Doraemon and sets for studying history or Shakespeare.
There is a popular manga and animé series about karuta calle
Something in me wanted to find out how far I could run without stopping. Jacki Hanson, U.S. marathon runner
My sister and I, you will recollect, were twins, and you know how subtle are the links which bind two souls which are so closely allied. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band
An apple cleft in two is not more twin
Than these two creatures. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, act 5, scene 1
This beggar might be perhaps
An angel, Luther said. Robert Browning, The Twins
Or Basho was just envious
He may be a poet of his age
But his poems never bore
Him a son
Or a mirror of his own face Ric S Bastasa, Perhaps to Basho the twins are boring
Firearms may be kept on your person for use in emergencies. Do not fire them for pleasure or shoot at wild animals as the sound riles the horses. Wells Fargo stagecoach rules[/b]
One of the new year events in Japan is the Hakone Ekiden. An ekiden is a long-distance relay road race. On 2 January the runners run to Hakone near Mount Fuji. On 3 January runners run from Hakone to Tokyo. The race is broadcast live on television over the two days. It is one of the most popular sports events in Japan.
The idea of the word ekiden is like a stagecoach. The first ekiden was held in Japan in 1917 over 500 kilometres from Kyoto to Tokyo. The Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper sponsored the first ekiden race. Toki Zenmaro was a poet who worked at the Yomiuri Shimbun