The 5th Chihayafuru Ogurayama Cup, an all-star Ogura Hyakunin Isshu competitive karuta tournament where the world of competitive karuta as seen in manga and film can be experienced, will be held on 18 February 2024 (Sunday).
The Chihayafuru Ogurayama Cup was created in 2020 with the concept of introducing the 'joy of watching' Ogura Hyakunin Isshu competitive karuta, and this will be its fifth anniversary.
The manga Chihayafuru (written by Yuki Suetsugu, published by Kodansha), which started a new sequel series in December, is a popular work that has also been made into an anime and a film and has caused a social phenomenon. Chihayafuru has also led to the popularity of competitive karuta, especially among the younger generation, and many people have become interested in watching competitive karuta.
In order to make it easier for people who are new to competitive karuta to understand and enjoy the sport, this year's competition will be held at the venue where visitors can experience the power and tension of the game, as well as at public viewing venues where they can enjoy the game casually and with commentary.
For those fans who cannot make it to the venue, a new public viewing venue will be set up in Tokyo for this year's event. In addition, the competition will also be live-streamed on YouTube. @Saga Arashiyama Museum of Arts & Culture
The tension in the air and the passionate battles can be watched from close seats.
Ticket ¥3,000 per person
¥2,000 for high school students
¥1,500 for junior high school students and under
*Pre-school children are not permitted.
Former title holders and current players will provide commentary, while the viewers enjoying watching the competition with conversation, food and drink in a relaxed style.
In response to requests from competitive karuta fans, a new Tokyo venue will be added to the Kyoto venue this year.
1. Kyoto Public Viewing Venue @ Ranzan Arashiyama (next to SAMAC)
Yuri Arakawa (Ex Karuta Queen) and Keiichi Takasu (6 dan) will act as commentators.
2. Tokyo Public Viewing Venue @ Fureai Kashi Kaigishitu Shibuya No.89
(Kouwa-building 4th floor, 2-22-6 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Hamano Kibou (6 dan), Takashi Tanemura (perennial champion)、Tsubasa Tsubota (ex Karuta Queen) and Tatsuki Namikawa (6 dan) will serve as commentators
Tickets for public viewing : ¥1,000 for high school students and above
¥500 for junior high school students and under
For details, please refer to the Chihayafuru Ogurayama Cup website (Japanese only).