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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.

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

Wonderful moments before the ribbon cutting ceremony...on April 29th 2018.

Mr. Geroge Vallianos, President of Nick Virgilio Haiku Association.

before the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Ms. Bonnie Squires, President of Aquires Consulting.

before the ribbon cutting ceremony.
before the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Father Michael Doyle of Sacred Heart Charch, Camden.
It was distinct honor to join the Nick Virgilio Writer's house's Opening event as a key speaker on 29th, too.
I did the bilingual tanka reading performance.

Ms. Robin Palley, a member of the board of directors of Nick Virgilio Haiku Association.
The title of the sequence was ''Prayer for the future'' which picked up from the section Betelgeuse of my tanka poetry book INDIGO(Shabda Press.).
Thank you so much for enjoying it every audience.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

It was so great experience that I could do the bilingual tanka reading performance for the Opening event of Nick Virgilio Writer's House on April 28th 2018.
I recited the sequence, Nostalgia Vietnam from my tanka poetry book INDIGO published by Shabda Press.
Because Nick Virgilio has the sad memories and experiences of Vietnam.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

I received an invitation to make reading performance at the end of this month in New Jersey, the USA, on the day I returned from Montreal, Canada.  I am greatly honored to be introduced as a key speaker.  I will keep in shape to persent the best performance on the event.

Date & time:  April 29th, at 1 p.m.
Location:  the Nick Virgilio Writers House, NJ, USA.

Please the refer to the sites listed below for the details.

Nick Virgilio Haiku Association facebook page

Nick Virgilio Haiku Association web site


Click the visual below to see the leaflet in larger size!


Monday, April 16, 2018

April 6th, 12:45 p.m. I preformed bilingual tanka reading in order to introduce the Japanese oldest literature at the 6th grade class in Jean Grou at Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourageoys, Montreal.

I was very much impressed with their sincere attitude to absorb unknown culture. I feel deep gratitude toward them.
In addition to the introduction of the Japanese oldest literature, we had a time to enjoy Origami. We had a friendly mutual communication, and it was a great experience for me.

I was able to recognize again that the cultural exchange is not something stiff and formal. It is an attempt to shorten the distance of our mind and soul.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 6th, 10:00 a.m. I presented bilingual tanka reading at Jean-Grou at Commission Scolaire Marguerite-Bourageoys kindergarten.

The listeners were 5-year-old children - the youngest class.

They gleamed the adorable eyes and interested themselves in the prosody of the Japanese and seemed to feel the contents from the English text.
We had a time to do some Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper into various figures.

I will be more than happy if this opportunity turns out to be a sweet memory for them to get in touch with the Japanese culture.
When we say good-bye, children hugged me one after another.

Their pure and innocent expression became an unforgettable treasure for me.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018