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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.

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

Wendy-Net, a monthly magazine Wendy's website, posted my article in its "WOMEN" section back number.  Please read.  (the article is written in Japanese.)

Wendy-Net (https://www.wendy-net.com/

Back Number "Mariko Kitakubo - Poet & Reading Performer"

Read the article in Wendy-Net swebsite.

Click the image below to view in large-size.

If you wish to read the article posted in Monthly Wendy, Feb. 2018 issue, click here.  (English translation is available.)


Tuesday, March 26, 2019


It may be a bit early to announce, but on May 18th, I am going to hold a workshop, "Getting Familiar with Tanka" and present English-Japanese tanka reading for the students who study Japanese language at the Graduate School of Humanities of Hosei University.

I am given time for 2 classes. I will perform bilingual tanka reading and compose tanka with students so that the young generation interested in Japanese culture can enjoy in the first half. In the second half, I will have a talk with the professor. I will carefully plan the classes to make it more instructive for the students.

if you would like to join the workshop, please drop me a line to tanka@kitakubo.com.

(Photo: Performing tanka reading at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden)

Friday, March 1, 2019

"Kokoro no Hana", a tanka journal, posted an article in its February edition about my reading performance in Nagoya in November, 2018.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude toward Mr. Tetsuo Tanaka, a member of "Kokoro no Hana".  I am greatly honored by your words.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.






Thursday, February 14, 2019

Feb. 2nd, I performed bilingual tanka reading at the Tujunga Library.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Ms Joellyn Murphy, who study Japanese poetry nearly 30 years, visited me, and listend to my bilingual tanka reading performance.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Feb. 1st, I attended the workshop for creating poetry in an improvised way held at Ms. Kathabela Wilson's home.

Friday, February 1, 2019