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Mariko Kitakubo

Born in Tokyo.
Living in Mitaka-city, Tokyo
Japan Writers' Association,
Japan PEN Club,
Association of Contemporary Tanka Poets,
Japan Tanka Poets' Society,
Tanka Online Project,
Tanka Society of America.

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo.

I will perform tanka reading at the Nagoya city tanka festival co-sponsored by Chubu Nihon Kajin Kai.

Tanka Festival - A Day of Classics / Tanka Reading Concert -

Date & Time: November 3rd, 2018 (Sat. & National Holiday) 14:00 - 16:00
Venue: Nagoya City Tanka Kaikan, 3F Meeting Room
Fee: 600 yen
Capacity: 40 people
*Pre-signup is required. The application will be closed as soon as the number of applicants reaches the capacity.

For application, please contact Nagoya City Tanka Kaikan via phone or e-mail and notify applicant's name and contact phone number.

Nagoya City Tanka Kaikan
Phone & FAX: 052-231-2223
e-mail: tanka@homex-co.com


Monday, September 17, 2018

In commemoration of the 150th biligual tanka reading performance overseas, I compiled photos of 36 cities around the world where I performed Japanese-English tanka reading.  The photos of domestic cities where I attended international events are also included.

I would like to continue to devote myself to introduce the charm of tanka and Japanese poetic metera from now on.


Friday, August 24, 2018

10 pieces of my English tanka selected from my anthology "INDIGO" were translated into German, and posted in the August issue of online poetry journal, "Einunddreissig".

Please refer to 7 - 9 pages of the pdf version from the url below.


You can also read the article in the Einunddreissig website.



I would like to express my sincere gratitude toward everyone in Einunddreissig who picked me up and translated my work into German.

Ms. Valeria Barouch, one of the editors of Einunddreissig , thank you very much.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The 84th edition of CHUBU NIHON KAJIN KAI journal posted an information about upcoming my reading performance.  I would like to extend my gratitude toward the society.

On Nov. 3rd, starting at 14:00 till 15:30, I will perform tanka reading and and appear in a talk session.   While performing tanka reading, I will play some ethnic musical instruments to add some sound effects.  I sincerely hope the audience enjoy it.

So far, I did over 150 bilingual tanka reading performances overseas and in international events.  I would like to increase the number of opportunities to deliver my performance to domesitic audience.




Friday, August 3, 2018



Tanka Cafe - the theme: Relantionships

like my son
like my grandpa
and like me,
grandchild likes




Selected Tanka

the deep blue
of an Alaskan sky
then the voice of an aurora
I want to dive
into the universe



Monday, July 30, 2018

The art event, "Animusic Portugal 2018" was held during Jul. 2nd to 7th in Lisbon, Portugal.
In the section of "Atlantic Sunset",which started at 6 p.m. on Jul. 6th, I performed Japanese-English bilingual tanka reading.
It was a great experience for me because I was able to meet expressive performers such as the professors of music universities from all over the world including the communist bloc.
I found out that many of them have interests in short poems, and I would like to thank all of them who listened to my performance.
2018_07_06_06.jpg ANIMUSIC schedule.

ANIMUSIC website.

Friday, July 6, 2018

My tanka will be posted in the August edition of "Einunddreissig"

Ms. Valeria Barouch, the co-editor of literary journal, "Einunddreissig", told me that she is going to post 10 pieces of my tanka in the August edition of Einunddreissig.  The pieces will be translated into German.

I am very glad to hear from her some years after I performed reading in Rorschach, Switzerland in 2015.  Ms. Barouch, thank you very much for your wonderful offer!

Click the URL below to move to "Einunddreissig" website


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

On July 6th, I will perform bilingual tanka reading and introduce tanka at ANIMUSIC art event.  It will be my first performance in Portugal!

As for the details of the event, "ANIMUSIC Oranological Congress 2018", please refer to "Atlantic sunset" section in the website lited below.


Also, please visit their webpage in which my tanka works are introduced.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Thank you so much for picking up my new work, the editor of Eucalypt, Julie Anne Thorndyke!





Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Thank you so much for picking up my new work, the editor of Moonbathing, Pamela A. Babusci!





Monday, June 18, 2018