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Mariko Kitakubo Profile

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.

International Haiku Conference in St. Albans hosted by the Brtish Haiku Society was held from May 31 to June 2.

I performed Japanese-English tanka reading in its opening event, and it was my first performance in U.K.!
I would like to thank the British Haiku Society and Ms. Illiyana Stoyanova from the bottom of my heart for giving such a precious opportunity to me.

The Maltings Art Theater was the venue for the conference.
Ms. Illiyana Stoyanova greeted the attendants.
Mr. Colin Blundell, the president of BTS, made an opening remarks.
Ms. Illiyana Stoyanova and Mr. David Bingham made detailed preparation fo the success of the conference.
I recited a series of tanka, "Prayer for peace," while playing 7 kinds of percussion.
After my 30-min. performance, I received comments from the audience. Some of them told me that they were moved to tears. Japanese attendants said they were foll of proud feeling as the fellow Japanese. I would like to express my sincere gratitude toward everyone.

St. Albans is the 40th city where I performed biingual tanka reading overseas. I would like to make another step forward without ever forgetting my feelings of appreciation toward everyone encouraged me to date.

International Haiku Conference in St. Albans. Video clip offered by Mr. M. Gilfillan.

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International Haiku Conference in St. Albans. Video clip offered by Mr. M. Gilfillan.

*To play the video clip, click the image left.

*Click large_screen.png to watch it on large screen.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

I was very honored to have received an offer from Prof. Masanori Odani of Graduate School of Hosei University to do tanka-reading presentation and talk session, "Getting familiar with Tanka".
The time given to me was 200 minutes. Of course, it was the longest presentation time I have ever had!
There were more than 60 attendants, most of whom were postgraduate students from abroad.

Since most of them have never had an chance to learn Tanka before this day, I presented reading of some pieces from Manyo-shu and representative contemporary tanka. I also explained how to express one's feeling in the form of a five-line poem with the 5-7-5-7-7 sound unit structure.

A talk with Prof. Michi Shiina was also a part of my presentation.
Prof. M. Odani introduced me to the attendants.
The students listened to me very carefully and sincerely. Laughter arouse many time, and the classroom was filled with cozy and friendly atmosphere.
The attendants perticipated in composing tanka so actively that we run out of the worksheet I prepared beforehand! It was very much happy with their enthusiasm.

I would be very happy if it turned out to be a meaningful time for all the attendants.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

On May 31st, I will perform Japanese-English bilingual tanka reading for 30 minutes at the opening date of International Haiku Conference hosted by British Haiku Society (BHS).

It will be my first performance in UK, and I am very honored for the invitation.

Friday, May 10, 2019

My workshop at Graduate School of Hosei University is just around the corner!

Date: May 18th, Saturday
Place: Graduate School of Hosei University
"Getting Familiar with Tanka", a workshop for the students who study Japanese language at the Graduate School of Humanities of Hosei University.

Although it will be only one week since I retrun from a long journey overseas, I will try my best so that foreign students can enjoy the workshop.

Please click here to read the annoucement I made some time ago.

Friday, May 10, 2019

It was my first tanka-reading presentation (with German translation) in Germany. Traben-Trarbach turned out to be the 39th city where I performed reading overseas.

Mr. Stefan Wolfshutz, a member of German Haiku Association, introduced me to the audience.
Ms. Valeria Barouch, a poet who translated my tanka into German, supported me to offer German version while my reading performance.
When I received comments from the audiene saying they were impressed with my performance, I felt relieved, and was very happy at the same time.
This is the internet poetry journal in which German verison of my tanka is poseted. I selected 10 pieces from my anthology, "INDIGO", and Ms. Valerie Barouch translated them into German.
Owing for Ms. Ono's much efforts, this bilingual Japanese-German tanka collection selected by Mr. Yukitsuna Sasaki has completed.

I also performed reading 10 pieces of tanka from this book.

I have got along very well with Ms. Masami Ono-Feller, who completed a huge project of compiling Japanese-German version tanka collection.
I sincerely wish our good relationship lasts forever.
The weather forcast was wrong, and I was very happy about it. I was able to spend comfortable morning.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

On May 5th, I am going to perform tanka reading in Traben-Trarbach, Germany.

I am very honored to the fact that my performance is scheduled as a part of German Haiku Association's Conference.

German translation of my tanka. Presentation of tanka reading performance in Germany. Both of these are first things in my life, and I am so happy about these.

I would like to extende my sincere grartitude toward Ms. Valeria Barouch, a poet and a translator, for giving me such a wonderful opportunity.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Apr. 25, I presented easy bilingual tanka to about 30 students in the younger class at ECOLE JEAN GROU. It was a different class from the one I interacted yesterday.

It must have been their first experience to hear 5-7 syllables meter. They were listening my presentation very carefully.
After listening tanka reading, we had fun with Origami. Due to the school rule, I cannot show their lovely faces.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Apr. 24, I presented an easy bilingual tanka reading at the 5 to 6 years old class at ECOLE JEAN GROU. After my presentation, we had an Origami time and made fluttering crane.
The pupils as well as the teacher for the class are young and beautiful. Due to the school rule, I cannot show their adorable faces. At the end of the class, everyone said goodbye by exchanging the Japanese word I taught them, "DAISUKI".
I would like to thank the headmaster and the teachers of the upper grades to have spared time for me to get the photos taken with me.

I was very glad to be able to meet the headmaster this year. I expressed my gratitude to her for giving me wonderful opportunity two years in a row.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

I am very honored to be invited as one of the three featured guest for the reading event hosted by Ms. Flavia Garcia, a poet and a translator in Montreal, Canada.
Ms. F. Garcia made an opening remarks.
After the performance, some of the audience expressed their impressions with tears in their eyes.
I would like to continue my activity by keep it in my mind such wonderful comments from everyone. They are great encouragement for me.
Ms. F. Garcia presented the French vertion. I played percussion while her reading.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Apr. 23rd, I presented Japanese-English bilingual tanka reading performance, with the theme of "Prayer for Peace", to the highest grade student of Ecole Jean Grou primary school. More than 40 students in the class room, all of them are 11 to 12 years old.
French translation was presented by the teachers.

I was very happy to have had an opportunity for the young generation got in touch with tanka beyond the boundery of border.
After my presentation, we enjoyed Origami. I think it turned out to be an enjoyable opportunity to get to know Japanese culture.

Due to the school rules, I cannnot show their lovely faces.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019