Sorry, Inu x Boku SS fans – not that Karuta. No, this is the game – and
today was my first chance to see it played live. The SF Karuta Society held an
exhibition today as part of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
(last day tomorrow, stop by if you’re close) the largest Japanese festival in
The footage below is two 16 year-olds, members of the club. The boy is a
Class A player, and they didn’t say the girl’s rank but she’s only been playing
for a year.
This first video shows the setup. As this was an exhibition match, it was
played with a smaller deck and abbreviated memorization time.
Arata-like speed on the arm swing!
Very nice comeback by the young lady here to set up the “Taichi vs. Nishida” finish, though he holds her off for the
win. Note that the “Chihaya Furu” card is one of the last two remaining
And finally, I can’t help but notice what the club uses for their logo