This is an excerpt from an excellent blog about visiting Fukuoka Farm Buddhism and Agriculture II: Hope and Despair on Fukuoka Farm, Iyo
I wondered if anyone here has a set of these cards?
"More and more, he became convinced that books and lectures could not change anything. Indeed, his final project was to create a deck of Uta Karuta cards, which he called Iroha Kakumei Uta (Iroha Revolutionary Verses). Uta Karuta cards are used in a Japanese game popular amongst children, in which one must match the first half of a poem with the second half. On the cards were written poems that Fukuoka-sensei had composed regarding the limitations of human knowledge and the importance of living close to nature. He believed that these short verses and the images accompanying them might have potential for more transformative impacts than the endless speeches that appealed to the intellect alone."
Nice video - thank you for posting!
His truely last original work, but not a book:
2009 Iroha Revolutionary Verses
いろは革命歌 (iroha kakumei uta);
Fukuoka, Masanobu's 47 hand-written classical song-verses (bilingual) and drawings, in pen and ink, also with photographs;
One large double–sided card for each of the 47 classical iroha–arrangement of Japanese syllables;
Includes a bilingual Fukuoka, Masanobu biography commentary booklet by Shōjaku, Mutsumi, having records of practically all his works, bibliography and main life accomplishments, together with the song verses cards;
(Japanese) bilingually with (English) translations – created with several translators, editors and contributors;
His testament and last creation;
Posthumously self-published in 2009 Feb 2, by 自然樹園 (小心舎) (Shizen Juen (Shou Shin Sha)) –one of his own self-publishing-publisher-names.
In print ISBN 978-4-938743-03-1.
In another article I found a second ISBN 4-938743-03-5
But an ISBN search shows they are both out of print.
The deck costs 3240¥ and you actually have to mail or email in a form. I will talk to my wife and see if I can get a deck sent to her family home in Japan. My father in law farms out in central Japan and he might want a deck, too.