Ten important points for the competitive "Karuta"

Hitoshi Takano JUN/2015

[ Dai-nana-jo ] Mokusyu ittai to kokorouru beshi."

(Article-7)กก  กก You should look at the card("Defuda") at a moment when you(or "another player") touched it.

   "Always be alert and pay attention on direction of eyes and hands of yourself and the opponent in the moment when the card is stricken."

I try to explain "dai-7-jo".

"mokusyu" : "Moku" means "eye". "Syu" means "hand".
     "Moku" expresses to look a card, your hand. (or hand of your opponent)
     "Syu" expresses your hand(or hand of your opponent) taking card.
"ittai" : as one.
"mokusyu ittai" : It is a coined word. To look at "defuda" is united with your hand taking card.

Do you know "mome"?
It is to insist each other, and not to be settled in the taking of card.
Why does "mome" occur ?
One cause of "mome" is that "gojo-no-seishin" is missing.
Another cause of "mome" is that "mokusyu ittai" is missing.
"Gojo-no-seishin" is mind of mutual concessions.
It is important spirit of "kyogi karuta".
Because we don't have a referee in almost games.
We have to decide the judgment between players.
Mutual concessions are ideals, but the compromise is sometimes necessary, too.

"Gojo-no-seishin" is spirit, but "mokusyu ittai" is a skill of "kyogi karuta".
Missing of "mokusyu ittai" is common in "mome" of beginners.
Beginners don't(or cannot) look at "defuda" and hand of oneself.
Therefore, when an opponent try to take defuda at almost the same time, they don't(or cannot) gain a judgment.
They are convinced that oneself took it each other without permission.
So "mome" happens.
The beginner must master a skill of "mokusyu ittai" at early time.
This skill is not difficult that player look at "defuda" at a moment when player(or "another player") touched it.

I don't love "mome"; rather hate it.
"Mome" occasionally becomes even the turning point of the game.
"Mome" lets concentration lack.
"Mome" lets almost players get tired.
"Mome" adversely affects learning by heart.

It would be better that I handed over "tori" to an opponent if I come under influence that "mome" is bad.

The reason why I wrote this article is because I hoped that "mome" decreases.

[ Complememt ]

In fact, "mome" is not a word of a good meaning.
"Mome" is a noun, and the verb is "momeru".

There is "syucho" of oneself or the opponent before "mome" occurs.
"Syucho" is a noun, and the verb is "syucho-suru".
"syucho" : an argument
"syucho-suru" : argue

There are some case that "syucho" occurs.
A)I think that I get a card of "jijin". But my opponent send his/her card.
B)I think that I get a card of "tekijin". I send my card to him/her. But my opponent refuses to receive it.
C)I think that I do not make "otetssuki". But my opponent send his/her card.
D)I think that my opponent make "otetsuki". I send my card to him/her. But my opponent refuses to receive it.

In these case, players must explain the grounds of his/her "syucho".

When "syucho" of both player do not engage with oneself and an opponent, "mome" happens.

Therefore "mokusyu ittai" is very important.

If foreign players play kyogi karuta in Japan, they will have to explain thier "syucho" in Japanese. I think that they need to learn Japanese.

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