Karuta is one of the most popular games in Japan. The game helps children learn their kana in a fun way.
A San Francisco-based illustrator from Tokyo, Yuki Yamagata, contacted me to let me know that she is releasing an Animal ABC Karuta game for the iPad. Since it is brand-new, the app is going to be free for download today and tomorrow (October 17-18, 2012)!! What a deal!
Here is a description of Animal ABC Karuta:
ABC Karuta introduces a Japanese traditional card game to English learners!
~ABC Karuta arrives as an amazing animal alphabet app~
ABC Karuta is a fun way to learn English for kids and adults. Yuki Yamagata, a San Francisco based illustrator, created a series of beautiful “kawaii” animal illustrations for cards A to Z. The rules are simple; players listen to an alliterative phrase, and then pick the matching card. This app beautifully combines traditional Japanese games, Karuta, with whimsical English speaking animals, resulting in an imaginative and exciting new way to learn the English language. Try it now!
ABC Karuta start out by tapping Karuta dog to hear fun alliteration phrase: for example, Calico Cat Carries Chocolate Cookies, Mother Monkey Makes Millions of marshmallows and so on. Then a player finds the illustration cards matches the phrase they hear. Once you get the right cards, it’s going to be shown in their collection page!
– ABC Karuta is available on iPad in the app store for $1.99, starting October 17, 2012.
– A Cute Collection of Cuddly Creature Cards Campaign!
Download ABC Karuta app for FREE! Two days only, Oct 17th and 18th, 2012.
– Best for ages 4-up.
Published by: Project KYUN at SmashBooth, Inc
Yuki Yamagata (illustrator): http://www.yamagatayuki.com/
Karuta (Japanese card game): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karuta
If you have an iPad, be sure to snatch up this cool game asap! I don’t own an iPad, but I plan to download it anyway just in case I get an iPad in the future (Santa, are you listening?). If you enjoy this game, please leave her some positive feedback.
Also, be sure to check out Yumi Yamagata’s personal website. Her illustrations are just beautiful.
Thanks Yuki! I hope you will come out with some Japanese-learning games in the future too :)
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