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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.



Tanka Cafe - Theme, Time

clear green
was born ---
time of the forest
source of Hime River


Selected tanka

the sounds of the spring ---
is there a small boat
for the last trip
of my life

Fall 2019: Volume 15, Number 3

Friday, November 29, 2019

“SF Shigun”, the book written and edited by Mr. Hiroyasu Amase, posted my tanka together with the poems witten by the members of his group.

I am very honored about this. Mr. Amase, thank you very much.

Mr. Amase and I belong to "Writers association aiming for abandoning nuclear power society" (president; Otohiko Kaga).



Wednesday, November 20, 2019



Members' Anthology 2019

A Thousand Voices

sky blue paint
peeled off...
whose dream
is this?
a boat in a prairie

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Oct., 10th, I was invited to the opening event for "the 30th Japanese Culture Month". It was a very honorable occasion for me.

With Mr. Masato Watanabe, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Japan in Bulgaria.
I was given an opportunity to present Japanese-English bilingual tanka reading, and was very happy because they pleased my performance very much.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Oct. 8th, I performed Japanese-English tanka reading at a literature event held at Sofia City Library, Bulgaria.
I tried my best to deliver message from soul to soul, because both English nor Japanese are not the audience's mother tongue.

I was very happy when the people gathered there were moved to tears, and gave me wonderful comments.
Ms. Iliyana Stoyanova made opening remarks.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

On October 8th, I will perform tanka readng in an event in Sofia, Bulgaria.

2019 is a very imortant "three aniversaries" year for the two countries. I am very honored and excited about for the invitation to participate in one of the events to celebrate aniversaries.


Please visit the event's Facebook Page!

Премиера на двуезичната хайку антология „Peonies / Божури“

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

On the last day of ANIMUSIC Organological Congress2019, I presented Japanese and English tanka reading.
The venue was a hotel & restaurant "Pousada Conventode Belmonte", a tasteful masonry building.

I was very happy because I was allowed to use this wonderful facility, where the lighting and sound rebibration are beautifully designed.
The artists from many countries such as Lithuania, Israel, Italy, France, Russia, Netherland, and the host country Portugal, gave me moving comments.

I would like to keep them in mind and continue my performance from now on.
A photographer of the municipal government came, and I felt very much obliged.

I extend my sincere gratitude toward those who listened my presentation with tears in their eyes, for many of them Japanese or English was not their mother tongue.

I will conitinue making efforts to deliver heart-to-heart message through my performance.

Monday, September 30, 2019


Bilingual (Japanese&English) tanka poetry reading performance by Mariko on Sep, 21, 2019 at Capela de Santiago, Belmonte Portugal.

I am greatly honored to present my performance to many audience gathered here.


Photos by Mr.Michael Lynn.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

On Sept. 21st and 22nd, I will perform bilingual tanka reading and introduce tanka at ANIMUSIC art event in Belmonte, Portugal.

As for the details of the event, "ANIMUSIC Oranological Congress 2019", please refer to the official website.

ANIMUSIC Oranological Congress 2019 Event Program

ANIMUSIC Official Website

ANIMUSIC Oranological Congress 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019

British Haiku Society posted in its website a report about International Haiku Conference 2019 held from May 31st to June 2nd.

It introduces my bilingual tanka reading performance at the end of the first day. Please visit their website!

Click here to visit The British Haiku Society International Haiku Conference 2019 web page.


Tuesday, August 27, 2019