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.

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Lafayette Karuta

karuta gamecards small pdf for omeka.pdf

A set of A-Z English haiku written by staff of the Lafayette College Library during the spring of 2017 and mounted on karuta game cards.

Empress Jito hyakunin isshu card


One Ogura hyakunin isshu card

Instructions for Playing Competitive Karuta

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Instructions offered on the 一般社団法人全日本かるた協会 website for the basic play of competitive poem karuta.