”Chirashidori” means "Spread out and take”

1. Several players, individuals or teams, spread out around the playing area. This game can be played all against all or as a team competition.

2. Shuffle the cards. Spread the picking cards (Torifuda) all out on the floor or table.

3. The players gather around the spread-out cards.

4. Before the reading begins, all players quietly locate the picking cards resting their hands on the table or floor (not over the cards!). The Reader reads a reading card (quotation of a poem) aloud. First the whole quotation, then (if no one has yet found the picking card) the Reader reads the second half of the quotation again.

5. If you recognize the second half of the quotation when you hear the first half being read, you immediately pick up the matching picking card and lay it aside, quotation side down.

6. If you do not know the quotation, the players wait until the Reader reads the second half of the quotation (the same text as is printed on the picking card).

7. You are allowed to pick up a picking card anywhere among the spread-out cards, nearby or far away, just as long as it is the correct picking card.

8. If you happen to pick up the wrong card during the reading, you are penalized by losing one of the cards already in your possession (give it to the Reader or collect the penalty cards in a separate pile).

9. If the first card a player picks is wrong, she has to remember that she is due to pay a penalty card as soon as she is able to.

10. When only two picking cards remain, the first player to pick up a correct picking card also gets the final card.

11. The player who has picked up most cards after the Reader has read all the reading cards, wins the game!