Card Queen

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Card Queen


  • Title: かるたクイーン
  • Title (romaji): Karuta Queen
  • Also known as: Card Queen
  • Format: Yorudora
  • Genre: Sports drama
  • Episodes: 16 (15 mins each, 4 weeks)
  • Broadcast network: NHK
  • Broadcast period: 2003-Jan-06 to 2003-Jan-30
  • Air time: Monday through Thursday at 23:00
  • Theme song: Hohoemi no hito by Imai Miki


The 6th NHK Yorudora is Card Queen. This drama focuses on the "sport" of competitive card playing. However, this card game uses the Hyakunin Isshu as its playing cards.

The new year is quickly approaching, as is the playoffs for the Queen of Cards. The reigning queen is 28-year old postal worker Kurata Haruka, who was taught the card game by her grandmother, Tsukino. The two have an agreement that if Haruka loses even once, she will retire from playing. Haruka's boyfriend, Ryouhei, reveals that he's uneasy and feels she might lose this year. Finally, it's the day for the Queen playoffs. Will Haruka remain the queen or have to relinquish her title?

-- translated from excerpts of NHK synopsis by awrittensin

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Episode Titles (by Week)

  • Week 1: "The Petals Fall With an Unsettled Heart"
  • Week 2: "The Divided Stream Will Reunite Once Again"
  • Week 3: "Love is an Unknown Destination"
  • Week 4: "The Flowers Still Smell the Same"

-- translated by awrittensin


The above weekly titles are parts of some poems featured in the Hyakunin Isshu. You can view all of these poems in their entirety with original Japanese, romanization and translations here.

  • Week 1: 「しづごころなく 花の散るらむ」

- #33 in the Hyakunin Isshu, written by Ki no Tomonori.

  • Week 2: 「われても末に 逢むとぞ思ふ」

- #77 in the Hyakunin Isshu, written by Emperor Sutoku.

  • Week 3: 「行く方もしらぬ 恋の道かな」

- #46 in the Hyakunin Isshu, written by Sone no Yoshitada. (曽禰好忠)

  • Week 4: 「花ぞ昔の 香ににほひける」

- #35 in the Hyakunin Isshu, written by Ki no Tsurayuki.

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