We had our monthly practice session on 10/15.
Compared to September practice, we had less participants (five), therefore, more relaxing practice session.
Through some discussions with participants, we realized the importance to understand the basic meaning of each poem. As Hyakunin-isshu poems are written in classical Japanese language, they are hard to understand even for Japanese people.
You can play Karuta with no understanding in the poems themselves, however, it is much easier to memorize them when you understand even parts of the poems so you can associate words with visual images, emotions, etc.
Japanese sweets we had during the break was “Kusa-Mochi”, sweet bean paste wrapped in mochi with Yomogi (Artemisia) leaves.
Next practice session is November 13 (Sun), and the one after that is December 10 (Sat)
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