It will be a good challenge for me, a bit like the “one picture a day” is for photographers, and I think it will bring many interesting topics to further develop my blog and deepen my interactions with you guys.
Yesterday I got “One Hundred Poets, One Poem each” from Google Book. I am starting to get addicted at reading on my tablet, it is so convenient and fun.
First I have to say that lately I have been so busy with the album recording and rehearsals that I have been slacking off on my Japanese studies. Also, because I’ve done a lot more live shows it made me realize that I lack a bit of strength to play violin comfortably without having every inches of my body hurting after a long concert.
Instead of just going to the gym, which I find kind of boring, I sort of decided to try to train myself through karuta. By this I mean not only as the study and memorizing of the hundred poems, but doing it as a sport as well. That way I can train all at once, my brain and my body. While practicing karuta, I can work on many skills such as photographic memory, reflexes, speed, strength, dexterity, and on top of all, Japanese listening, reading and reciting skills.
To make the studies of the hundred poems more interesting, and surely even more challenging, I thought of adding another facet to the mix. I was thinking of composing a short melody for each of the card representing the scenery that the card inspires me… So it will become a good way to hone my composition skills. Maybe these will even become inspiration for new pieces or who knows, maybe after I’ll release a karuta 100 melodies special deck with original design and music (hahaha).
I am not sure yet how I will get to the physical part of the karuta play, since there’s no karuta club yet in Montreal. But I have to start by studying and memorizing the hundred poems first, so it will be a long process, one step at a time. For the time being, I do have a real tatami floor in my room, so I can start practicing my basic form.
I plan to write an article on each of the poems, telling you all about, my journey… the studying, the cultural background, and fun facts surrounding the poet and poem. I’ll also add my own thoughts on the topic as well as compose an original melody. It will be a good challenge for me, a bit like the “one picture a day” is for photographers, and I think it will bring many interesting topics to further develop my blog and deepen my interactions with you guys.
Please look forward to discover the depths and wonders of karuta brought to you in a new way, with me and Haru (my five strings Yamaha) as your guides.
Your mermaid who loves to explore new waters or skies,
You can see here how Kyogi Karuta is really about speed and dexterity.
For more information on the game check out karuta.ca
Or the captivating Tofugu article on the subject.
To see the source of the beautiful karuta cards in the article header, please visit One Hundred Poems