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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.

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

Apr. 20th, 2019, I performed Japanese-English tanka reading at my best friend's home party. (French translation was presented by Ms. Maria Ferrando.)
In Montreal, I am scheduled to perform 5 Japanese-English reading sessions in total at an elementary school, a junior high school and a literature event to introduce tanka. French translation will be offered in each session.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

I will participate in a literature event to be held in Motreal, Canada, on April 23rd.

I am more than happy to have an opportunity to introduce the meter and the depth of tanka as many people as possible through my tanka reading performance.

During my stay in Canada, I am going to visit an elementary school and junior-high shcool to introduce tanka to youngsters.


Thursday, April 18, 2019

I had an opportunity to perform bilingual tanka reading at the poetry sharing event held in Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Ueno, as a part of SAKURA HAIKU FESTIVAL.

I was very honored for this  because I was able to present tanka to the Haiku poets.
Although I had only 4 hours from the request to complete all the preparation - actually, it was the shortest preparation time for me! - I was able to satisfy all the attendants.

Friday, April 5, 2019

UTA SHINBUN posted five pieces of new tanka which I wrote in remembrance of Dr. Donald Keene.

Friday, April 5, 2019

In the newsletter volume 15 of "Writers association aiming for abondoning-nuclear-power society" issued in March, 2019, 10 pieces of my tanka and my article about the trip to Fukushima where I visited as a Environment Committee member of the Japan P.E.N.Club are posted.



Thursday, April 4, 2019