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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.

performance_2016_12_07.jpg Dec. 7, 2016.

Performed tanka reading at the Reading Meeting held at Ms. K. Wilson's home.

One of the audience listened to my new tanka sequence, which is recently published in Kadokawa's "Tanka" magagine, in tears.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

performance_2016_11_27.jpg Nov. 27, 2016.

Performed bilingual Tanka reading at Bolton Hall Museum in California.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

CIRRUS, a French tanka jouranl, posted some of my tanka from INDIGO together with French translation.

It is amazing, and I am so grateful.

I would be happy if I can be of some help for the French-speaking people to get familiar with tanka.

Click the images below to read "Cirrus tankas de nos jours No. 6 novembre 2016."




Tuesday, October 25, 2016

My tanka sequence (from INDIGO) will be posted in Nov. 2016.
How beautiful issue; Silk&Spice is !! exotic & mysterious!
Thank you for using my tanka .


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sept. 23rd to 25th, I participated in TRIVENI World Haiku Utsav 2016 in Pune, India.
I am greatly honored to have been a guest at this one of the largest Japanese poetry events in India.

I was able to perform my 100th bilingual tanka reading in the international poetry events in India, which is the country I visit for the first time in my life.

Being mindful to stay healty, I would like to continue taking small steps to move forward frome now on.
I performed bilingual tanka reading for 25 minues. With Ms. Akila Gopalakrishnan.
All together.
Sept. 24th

I talked about "What tanka brings to me (Because of tanka, I was able to hold myself together when my late mother passed away suddenly.)"
Pleasant talking time.
Sept. 25th

Tanka reading and talk about Mr. Yukitsuna Sasaki and other poets I have been inspired.
I was able to spend wonderful, fun and meaningful time with all the other participants.

Monday, October 3, 2016

I will participate in Haiku Ustav to be held in Pume, India. from Sept. 23 to 25.


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Haiku Chronicles now shows the video of my tanka reading performance on July 30th at the Poets House in New York City.

Click the picture or URL below to view it.



Click here to move to Haiku Chronicles website.


You can also watch the video by clicking the "INDIGO" banner on the left of this page!

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Information of Karuizawa Ryokuin Bungei Salon
at Karuizawa RoudokuKan; 3rd.Sep. 2016

Sept. 3, The 1st section 14.00~16.00, the 2nd section 16.30~18.00.


Friday, August 12, 2016

Village Poets of Sunland & Tujunga posted the information about the event to be held on Jul. 24, in which I will perform tanka reading as a guest.  I am very honored.  Thank you very much!




Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I will participate in N.Y. City Poetry Festival/Coast to Coast Poetry Press Collective on July 31, and perform English - Japanese bilingual tanka reading starting at 2 p.m.

Please look forward to the report I am going to make after the event!

Click the images or URLs below to view the notice of the event. 




Monday, July 4, 2016

I will participate in POETS HOUSE "A Diverse Poetry Reading from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean" on July 30, and perform English - Japanese bilingual tanka reading starting at 7 p.m. at N.Y. Kray Hall.

Please look forward to the report I am going to make after the event!

Click the images or URLs below to view the notice of the event.






Monday, July 4, 2016

My little anthology "INDIGO," which was born in the U.S. is now available at Amazon in many countries including the U.K.

I sincerely hope and pray you deliver some happiness to the people who take you in their hands.

Monday, June 20, 2016

INDIGO will be lined up in the showcase of POET HOUSE in NY as a poetry book 2016.

It is my first book published in the U.S., and I have never imagined this wonderful honor to date.

I really appreciate it.  Thank you very much.

Click the url below to move to the POET HOUSE website.

Monday, June 20, 2016




Speech by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, the secretary of the Tanka Society of America. "The reason why I write tanka."

Ms. K. Wilson told us that she started writing tanka in 2007 when she heard my tanka reading performance at Pacific Asia Museum, although she did not know about tanka at all before that.
In addition, she expressed that tanka is just like spiritual home, or mother to her.

On the stage, she suggested to present the tanka sequence titled "The green rain" which she and I wrote while we stayed in Karuizawa. It was the first time for her to stay in Karuizawa.

Having been suprised at her sudden suggestion, and felt very honored at the same time, I thought it was more natural and better to accept her offer. I had no intention to be rude, but stepped forward to the platform.

Our brand new sequence reads as follows;

"The green rain"

a new life
with my dear friend
from a long distance
in the green rain (Mariko)

in the iris garden
bloom together
eye to eye
opening day (Kathabela)

of Japanese larch
early summer--
long time ago maybe
I was a sapling too(Mariko)

I was a deep green moss
hiding for centuries
on old trees
waiting (Kathabela)


Short movie offered by the audience.

A member of Tanka Journal presented a speech titled "The reason why I write Tanka in English." I talked about the following content and performed four pieces of tanka reading in my presentation, "The Tanka Seends."

My dream is "Planting the Tanka seeds all around the world."
One decade has passed since I started bilingual tanka reading in order to introduce Tanka to the people abroad - I have made 81 reading performances in 26 cities worldwide.

Actually, I am back from Africa, Tanzania, Dodoma National Universitiy 2 months ago. I will be in New York next month, and in September, I will attend the Haiku event to be held in Pune, India.

I still feel it is not enough. Of course, I will continue making efforts to write higher-quality tanka, and at the same time, I would like to deliver Japanese poetical imagination and traditional original prosodies inherited form the era of "Manyo" to the people of different countries.

bettween the date
of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
my sweat seeps
into the small puncture hole
where they drew my blood

cobalt blue
was my favorite color...
I could see it
in atomic wast

I'd like to
believe in eternity...
one noon
beside the acacia tree
an elephant and the baby

pure indigo
settles down
in my heart
when I cross the border ...
I'd like to die as a wanderer



Having requested by Ms. Marilyn Hazelton, the president of the Tanka Society of America, I performed bilingual tanka reading in the evening of the festival of the piece which was posted in the TSA facebook page.

Tanka has the power to heal our broken heart.
That can help us from the helpless terrible situation.

I noticed that beside my Mother's bed in ICU Hospital. She was sleeping like a beautiful baby or a quiet Christmas Rose....
I kept writing tanka every day, every moment to keep myself during her last 17days.

cherry avenue
my late mother's favorite--
is there
another world?
petal drift

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ms. Claire Everett's Tanka Journal, "Skylark," posted the responsive tanka of Ms. Kathabela Wilson, the secretary of TSA, and myself.

Ms. Everett, thank you very much.


(Mariko Kitakubo,Japan&Kathabela Wilson,USA)

Finn Air
we cross
the dateline(M)

a leaf through the door
lost again(K)

the autumn sky
between my fingers(M)

we pull from both sides
but don't break

the wish bone(K)

when the swing
switches direction(M)

we meet

at the clock tower(K)

Monday, May 30, 2016

My tanka was posted in TSA Ribbons Winter 2016: vol.12 No.1.

Please click here to read my tanka.

Friday, May 13, 2016

I am very honored to be posted in the facebook page of Tanka Society of America.

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude toward Ms. Marilyn Hazelton, the president of TSA.

The post in Tanka Society of America's FB page 

Tanka has the power to heal our broken hearts. That can help us from the hopeless terrible situation. I noticed that beside my Mother’s bed in the ICU hospita...l. She was sleeping like a beautiful baby or quiet Christmas Rose...
I kept writing tanka everyday, every moment to keep myself during her last 17 days.

cherry avenue
my late mother’s favorite...
is there
another world?
petal drift

Mariko Kitakubo

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Thanks to the great help from many of my friends and acquaintances, I was able to publish my bilingual anthology "INDIGO" from Shabda Press in the United States.

So far, I have published five books, including two bilingual anthologies, but upon the completion of my latest anthology, I am filled with very much refreshing feeling just like I felt when I completed the first book.

At first, I was thinking that my new book would be only for the readers overseas when I received an offer from Shabda Press. However, I started to think that the Japanese readers might enjoy it when Dr. Donald Keene, who embodies the bridge between Japan and overseas, gave my book such a wonderful endorsement, which is more than I deserve.

I will be more than happy if this small book turns out to be contributory to introducing Tanka overseas.

Please visit Shabda Press website!


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My English tanka is published in the 85th issue of Kyoto Journal.

Mr. Ken Rodgers,
Thank you very much for using my work this year again!


Monday, April 4, 2016

I am going to perform English-Japanese bilingual tanka reading performance on April 18th, 2016, at "the eastern Asia Event" to be held at the University of Dodoma in the capital of Tanzania.  I am looking forward to the presentation because it will be the wonderful opportunity to introduce tanka to those who have never listend to it.

For those who reside there and helped giving me such an opportunity, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude for your cooperation.

The report about the event will be made later in my website.

Thursday, February 18, 2016