Hyakunin Isshu


Do you know the Japanese traditional card game ‘Hyakunin Isshu’? ‘Hyakunin’ in Japanese word means ‘100 persons’. ‘Isshu’ means ‘1 Japanese style poem, called ‘Waka’. ‘Hyakunin Isshu’ means ‘100 persons made 100 Japanese style poems per each’. Recently, HARUYA has been some original revival of classic ‘Hyakunin Isshu’ card. How to play ‘Hyakunin Isshu’ is very easy. Even 3 years old children could join.

The official Wikipedia Site for Hyakunin Isshu: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ogura_Hyakunin_Isshu



The Japanese view religion


‘Bozu’, Buddhist Monk

As is normal for Japanese, the play of hating monk cards as “Wow ~” is not tolerated by Christian pastors or Islamic leaders. The gentle religion of the Japanese people who respects the ‘Yaoyorozu no Kami’ of ‘Shinto’ way rather than monotheism is simply expressed in Japanese card game ‘Bozu’. There is no complaint from Buddhist officials for the game.

The Japanese style poem


‘Waka’, Japanese style poem

‘Waka’ has three unique character. The first character is the format. This poem is always made with specific format, “5 sounds, 7 sounds, 5 sounds, 7 sounds, 7 sounds”. For example, ‘Na, Ga, Ka, Ra, N (5 sounds)’, ‘Ko, Ko, Ro, Mo, Shi, Ra, Zu (7 sounds)’, ‘Ku, Ro, Ka, Mi, No (5 sounds), ‘Mi, Da, Re, Te, Kyo, U, Wa (7 sounds)’, ‘Mo, No, O, Ko, So, O, Mo, E (7 sounds)’ has become a meaningful poem. The second character is  the word. ‘Waka’ uses only “Yamato word”. Japanese language has different pronounce for one character. For example, the pronounce ‘Me-I’ and ‘Na’ is used for the same character ‘名’. ‘Waka’ uses only ‘Na’ pronounce for ‘名’ as “Yamato word”. The last character is other rule and technique. ‘Waka’ has other rule and technique than their format and words, ‘Kigo’, ‘Makura Kotoba’, ‘Engo’ etc. Even ‘Waka’ has these kinds of literary and historic character, we can enjoy the card game ‘Hyakunin Isshu’ as ‘Bozu Mekuri’ without any knowledge. Please fully enjoy the charm of ‘Hyakunin Isshu’.


‘Chirashi-gaki’, Japanese calligraphy

Japanese language is a rare language in the world that uses both ideograms (Kanji) and phonograms (Hiragana / Katakana) at the same time. In the notation method, the charm of the art of “calligraphy” created 1200 years ago, the Heian era. HARUYA’s original ‘Hyakunin Isshu’ card game offers the opportunity to get acquainted with the charm of the traditional Japanese calligraphy, called ‘Chirashi-gaki’.

□ Outline of “Bozu Mekuri”

  • Period: All year
  • Venue: “HARUYA Umekoji” (Currently only available at “HARUYA Umekoji” in Kyoto. We are preparing to provide all stores.)
  • Application: Not required
  • Cost: Free
  • Start time: 17:00 (Subject to change. We will tell you at the time of check-in)
  • The time required: Around 15 minutes
  • Age: 3 years old and over

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