Thank you for visiting the Pacific War Karuta Collection! All cards displayed on this site are held in the East Asia Image Collection at Lafayette College.
If you are a first time visitor or student, start with our Exhibits page, which offers you information on the history of karuta and a sense of how the game was positioned in Japanese culture at various time periods.
If you are a researcher, check out our exhibits and look through our Research Collections, where cards are grouped by set, or for individual cards and the information (metadata) about each, begin with our Card Repository.
Feel free to play a round of karuta on our Play Karuta page, before looking at our Resources page for a list of some outside sources about karuta or Japanese history.
This card reads:
Take care of
the wounded soldier
as if your heart were praying
Click the above 'Karuta Across Time and Space' to begin the exhibit. A donation made in 2014 by scholar Richard Mammana...