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The history of karuta is said to go back to the mid-16th century, when Portuguese traders introduced their stiff paper playing cards known as carta to Japan. The word carta, then assigned kanji characters (歌留多, 加留多 or 骨牌) and called karuta, were then produced in Japan with Japanese motifs (MPCHMM). A 1992 publication edited by Hamada Nobuyoshi notes the first known documentation of karuta is the mention of a poetry card publishing house located in Kyoto in 1685 (Hamada 3).

One recitation card example from Ogura hyakunin isshu

Two main types of karuta have developed since the 16th century: the Hyakunin isshu poetry cards, and the iroha proverb cards.

The hyakunin isshu cards are a set of 200 rectangular cards, forming a set of 100 card pairs. Each pair has a 'recitation card' (yomifuda) and a 'grabbing card' (torifuda). The recitation card contains the full text of a 31 syllable poem and the name of the poet. The grabbing card has only the bottom two stanzas of the poem, and is laid out on a surface in front of the players.

In 1942, the Cabinet Information Board supported the Japan Literary and Patriotic Society assembling a new set of one hundred poems 'with the purpose of uplifting the patriotic spirit during wartime' (Ibid. 2). These poem cards, a transcription of accompanied by a 1944 translation by Honda Heihachiro, can be found in the 100 Patriotic Poems Collection on this site.

The second type of karuta card is the irohakaruta card, thought to originate 'in Kyoto in Kaiei Era(1848-1854) [sic], during the final years of the Shogunate, later being transmitted to Edo' (Ibid.). Iroha cards have been found to differ slightly because of regional differences between Western and Eastern Japan in proverbs and grammar (Ibid.).

The iroha version of the game is limited to 47 or 48 playing card pairs (grabbing and recitation cards). Like the hyakunin isshu cards, one of each pair contains a phrase to be read alound, while the other half has a picture and a letter of the Japanese phonetic alphabet. Each recitation card has a proverb or phrase that begins with a letter of the phonetic alphabet.

History of Karuta かるたの歴史

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Karuta Commands Prefix: k!

What is Karuta?

Karuta is a collectible card game powered by Discord that currently features more than 70,000 anime characters. If you’re a fan of bots such as Mudae or WaifuBot, you’ll love Karuta! It puts a unique spin on this familiar bot model by turning thousands of anime characters into cards that you can earn, burn, collect, and trade!

Here are just some of the reasons why you should invite Karuta to your server.

Mudae is fun, but doesn’t it suck that claiming your favorite character only matters in one server? Plus, who wants to constantly have their claims reset every other month? With Karuta, your cards, items, and statistics go with you across every Discord server!

Some people prefer manually rolling waifus like in Mudae, others prefer the spawns coming to them like in Pokécord. With Karuta, you don’t have to pick! Get the best of both worlds by dropping your own cards on cooldown and seeing cards drop automatically during times of high server activity.

Some people just want the thrill of owning their favorite anime characters as cards, and Karuta offers that. For those who want more, Karuta provides a never-ending supply of cosmetic and vanity perks to look out for. Karuta has unique print numbers, card qualities that actually show, and a lot more!

A robust trading system where nothing is off the table

Karuta allows players to trade every card and item that exists. This makes for a dynamic and interesting trade economy that benefits the craftiest of traders. Have a card someone wants? You can barter for their gold, tickets, dust, blessings, or anything else!

No more waiting for months at a time for bug fixes or updates. Karuta’s developers work on a daily basis to improve the bot’s stability and add new features for you to enjoy!

Karuta puts players and economy first. Through extensive logging and an active support team, anyone abusing selfbots or alternate accounts are quickly banned.

How to Set Up Karuta in Your Server

To add Karuta to your server, use the invitation link and make sure that you’ve given the bot all of the required permissions.

It’s very important that Karuta has the ability to read messages in every channel of your server. Without these permissions, Karuta will not be able to provide your server with the highest amount of automated card drops. Automated card drops are based on server activity, which is determined only if the bot can see where active text chats are occurring in your server. If you want to disable Karuta’s ability to respond to commands in any channel, simply remove its ability to send messages in those channels.

Karuta works best when given its own channel. When you’ve picked a channel where you’d like cards to drop in, use the k!set command in it to set the active Karuta channel. This tells the bot where to send all automated card drops and prevents server members from dropping cards anywhere except in this channel.

One last, optional step to setting up Karuta is setting your server’s chest goal. Each Karuta server has its own chest, which you can think of as an inventory that belongs to the server. Members of your server can contribute gems to this chest, which can then be used to unlock special perks for your server. Currently, the only server-based perk available is the Abundance Aura. To set this item as your server’s chest goal, use the k!chestset abundance aura command.

That’s all it takes! Karuta is now set up in your server and your members can begin dropping cards and grabbing as they please.

How to Play Karuta

Although Karuta has dozens of commands, which you can find further down this page, the bot’s two core mechanics are dropping and grabbing.


Users can drop cards by going to the server’s active Karuta channel and using the k!drop command. This command will allow you to drop three cards with a 30-minute cooldown. Both the number of cards dropped and cooldown can be improved through items in the gem shop.

Additionally, the server will automatically drop cards based on the server’s chat activity. If many users are actively chatting, cards can drop as frequently as once every minute. For less active servers, cards will drop slower. Spider solitaire aarp.


When you see a card you want to add to your collection, click or tap on the reaction beneath the card drop which corresponds to it. For example, if the card you want was dropped as the second card in the set, you’d click or tap the 2️⃣ emoji reaction.

If no one else reacts to that same card within one second, it’s yours. Otherwise, all users who react to the card will fight over it. Fighting for a card is a simple RNG mechanic where a random user who reacted is awarded the card, which is intended to help out high-latency players and discourage botting. Players who manually drop cards will always win fights for their dropped cards.

Get a link to this page, where you can vote once every 12 hours to redeem 1 ticket (2 on Friday–Sunday)
Receive a 50–100 gold bonus once every 23.5 hours
Drop a set of cards in the current channel
Check a user’s collection (defaults to yours if no user)
View a high-resolution image of a card (defaults to last card obtained if no code)
Have Karuta automatically DM you when any of these cooldowns are up (shows current cooldowns if no parameters)
Look up the details of a character
View the wishlist of a user (defaults to yours if no user)
Add a character to your wishlist for Karuta to mention you whenever it appears in a drop
Remove a character from your wishlist
Set the current channel as the one Karuta will watch for your wished cards
Destroy a card and collects its resources (defaults to last card obtained if no code)
Give another user one of your cards
Trade one card at a time with another user
Trade one or multiple cards and/or items with another user
View the inventory of a user (defaults to yours if no user)
Browse the standard item shop
Browse the gem shop
Browse the ticket shop
Purchase an item from a shop
Use an item from your inventory
View details of a user (defaults to yours if no user)
View details of a server (defaults to current server if no server)
View current server’s chest details and progress
Contribute gems to current server’s chest

Karuta Wiki

* For a full list, use the command k!help.

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