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Mariko Kitakubo

Born in Tokyo.
Living in Mitaka-city, Tokyo
Membership
Japan Writers' Association,
Japan PEN Club,
Association of Contemporary Tanka Poets,
Japan Tanka Poets' Society,
Kokoro-No-Hana,
Tanka Online Project,
Tanka Society of America.

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo.
お知らせ

Please
don't bring your children
offshore at Fukusima --
in the Summer reflections
so many dead eyes

Tanka Cafe, TSA Ribbons Spring/Summer 2016 Vol.12 No.9

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

My short essay is posted in the Asahi Shinbun, a Japanese national paper. My short essay is posted in "UTA WO YOMU", the poetry section of the Asahi Shinbun, a Japanese national newspaper.

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude toward the editor who gave me such a wonderful opportunity.

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Below is the English translation.

UTA WO YOMU

RESONATE TO THE WORLD – TANKA READING PERFORMANCE

12 years have passed since I started reading performance overseas in order to introduce the beauty of TANKA to the people outside Japan. To date, I have visited 29 cities in the U.S., Europe, Australia, India and Africa, and performed TANKA reading both in Japanese and in English at the places such as universities, book stores, and International events. While my reading performance, I add background sound with some percussion instruments that I bring with me. For instance, a poem written by Ohtomo no Yakamochi in Man’yo Luster ---

as I turn my gaze upward
and see the crescent moon,
I recall
the trailing eyebrows
of the woman I saw but once

“Sounds very beautiful as if it were a piece of music.” I often receive this comment from the audience who hear Japanese TANKA for the first time in his/her life.

When I perform bilingual TANKA reading, I place much importance in the comfort of sound and rhythm. It is also important to construct the whole performance with universal theme. Regardless their nationality, culture, religion, gender or age, the audience must feel empathy with the theme. In the reading, I also include the pieces that I wrote.

pure silence...
deep sleep of Mt.Fuji,
they appear,
the forest god and
the god of water

I try to deliver the emotion of the poem from soul to soul directly. “I do not understand Japanese language, but I was moved so much.” When I receive comments like this, I think to myself my reading performance of the day was successful. No matter how hard I try, my effort alone cannot obtain such reactions from the audience. What makes it happen is the emotional interaction between the listeners and myself. I believe it strongly, and feel gratitude from the bottom of my heart. In fact, I was once told, “I felt the place was filled with an enormous undulation.”

I would like to continue to deliver the wonderfulness of TANKA to the world through my reading performance activity.

intently flowing
the river empties
into the sea,
its mouth like a border
between life and death

Sunday, April 9, 2017

* The Asahi Shinbun, a Japanese national newspaper - the April 9th issue will post my essay.

* Uta Shinbun  - the May issue will post my new tanka and essay in the feature article, "The writters who were born from 1955 to 1965 - the children of Tokyo Olympic 1964."

* Nagarami Shobo "Tanka Orai" - the June issue will post my new tanka.

* The Japan Writers' Association, the newsletter of "Writers' association aiming for de-nuclear society," (president; Otohiko Kaga) will post my report about my activities in the U.S.

Dear
ASAHI National Newspaper Company,
Uta Newspaper Company,
Nagarami Bookstore Company,
A Group of The Japan Writers' Association.

Thank you so much for giving me the chance to write for your next issues.
I do try my best.

Monday, April 3, 2017

My writing is posted in the 2017 January issue of The Japan Writers' Association News.
Thank you very much.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

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March 4th, 2017

The reading event held at Allendale Branch Library in Pasadena, "Nuclear Impact Broken Atoms in Our Hands".

For the detailed notice about the event, please refer to the bottom of this page.

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Since I really wanted to participate in this event, I postponed my schedule to come back Tokyo.
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I am very glad that this anthology includes mny bilingual tanka sequence, "After Fukushima."
I am truely honored.
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Saturday, March 4, 2017

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March,1st.

At the WESTMONT of Morgan Hill.
Bilingual tanka reading performance!
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I was so happy to hear kind words from the audience about my voice and performance.
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I would like to extend my sincere gratitude toword everyone who listened to my performance, and Ms. Rosalyn who offered the place and the opportunity.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Feb. 26, 2017

The bilingual Tanka reading performance by Mariko Kitakubo, and Haibun reading by Roger Abe in Cha-ya, Monterey.
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Thank you for coming and enjoying our performances.
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

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Feb. 22, 2017

I performed bilingual reading some tanka from my INDIGO at Ms. Patricia Machmiller's house in San Jose, California.
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I would like to extend my sincere gratitude towards the English haiku and tanka poets who came to this gathering under the tough situation of right after the heavy rain.。

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

11 pieces of my tanka from INDIGO are included in anthology of NUCLEAR IMPACT.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ms. M. Trochimczyk posted my tanka sequence in her blog, "Poetry Laurels."
Thank you very much, Ms. Trochimczyk!

Click here to move to Poetry Laurels.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Feb. 14, 2017

I participated in an poetry reading event in Pasadena.
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Ms. Maja Trochimczyk, who is the organizer or this St. Valentine's day poetry reading event, invited us when she noticed we were in Pasadena for a short stay.
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I am so grateful that she wrote our names on the event invitation! Ms. Trochimczyk, thank you very much!
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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Feb. 13, 2017

I performed bilingual tanka reading at the meeting held at Ms. Kathabela Wilson's house.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

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Feb. 12, 2017

I performed Japanese-English bilingual tanka reading, and "Rengay" reading with Mr. Roger Abe, at Ms. Kathabela Wilson's house.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

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Feb. 12, 2017

I performed bilingual tanka reading, and "Rengay" reading with Mr. Roger Abe at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

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Feb. 12, 2017

Performed bilingual tanka reading, and "RENGAY" reading, a linked poem, with Mr. Roger Abe, at Ms. Suzan Dobay's art gallery.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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Feb. 10, 2017

Participated in AWP Bookfair-related reading event, "Nuclear Impact", and performed bilingual tanka reading at Renaissance WDC hotel.
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AWP Bookfair was held during Feb. 8th to 11th.

Click here to visit AWP website to find more about 2017 Bookfair.

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It is the America's largest bookfair. Please take a look at some of the pictures I took at the fair, so that you may get the feeling of it.
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There were nearly 1,000 booths of literary presses, and the site was filled with enthusiasm of the writers, press-related people, and media people who sent pre-application to the fair.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

"SILK & SPICE Pirene's Fountain Volume 9 Issue 17", an American journal of poetry, posted some of my tanka.  These are the sequence about Vietnam, which are included in my latest anthology "INDIGO."

 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Feb. 8th to 11th, I will participate in 2017 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Washinton, D.C.

Click here to visit Association of Writers & Writing Programs website.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

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Dec. 14, 2016.

I performed tanka reading at the Wednesday Reading Meeting, held at Ms. K. Willson's home.
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We treated the attendees who came all the way for this meeting with our homemade Japanese dishes.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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Dec. 13, 2016.

I performed tanka reading at Scenic Drive Gallery Monrovia, CA.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016