Japanese Calligraphy Workshop and Karuta competition at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo



The Embassy of Japan and the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Sarajevo held a Shodo workshop on 2 February in the University. A Shodo master came from Beograd and provided lectures. More than 60 people participated to the workshop.
Shodō – Japanese calligraphy is the art of drawing characters with a brush and ink to express spiritual depth and beauty, and has great significance in Japanese society.
After the workshop, the calligraphies made by the students were exhibited at the University. A ceremony was held on 15 February to award for those who won.
The winners were: Mr. Nikolina Đokić (hiragana characters section), Ms. Ajda Lizde (kanji characters section) and Mr. Andrea Kitić (New Year’s calligraphy section). Ambassador Sakamoto handed awards for them and the 2nd place, as well as special prizes for artistic value, excellent effort and aesthetic enjoyment.
On 2 February, Karuta competition was also held at the faculty of Philosophy, and the students who learned Japanese fought to get the Karuta cards in the heated atmosphere.

Karuta-Japanese traditional playing cards which are often played in new year term. There are some kinds of cards like Hyakunin-Isshu and Hanafuda. The basic idea is that after hearing a text, each player tries to grab a card which goes with the text before it is grabbed by an opponent. The person who gets the most cards wins.