Friday, January 14, 2005

15-year-old girl becomes youngest 'karuta' champion

 OTSU — A 15-year-old junior high school student became the youngest-ever "Queen" in the annual tournament of the Japanese card game "karuta" Saturday.

Saki Kusunoki from Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, won the championship in the women's division at the tournament held in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, by beating defending champion Yuri Arakawa for the Queen title. (Kyodo News)