Reading performance in Japan and overseas. Mariko Kitakubo

Mariko Kitakubo Profile

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. Reading Performance.

Tanka reading performance oveseas.

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Nov. 14th starting at 16:50, I gave a 90-minute presentation titled "Communication beyond languages (sub title: getting closer to TANKA)" and performed tanka reading at Hosei University Fujimi Campus Room F405.
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It was a precious experience for me because I perform tanka reading overseas most of the time.
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I would like to express my sincere gratitude toward Ms. Michi Shiina, Professor of Linguistics for offering me such a wonderful opportunity.

I sincerely hope tanka sheds some light on in one way or another to those students of the Faculty of Literature who attended my session in their future.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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Ms. Gotani Jana, who has been endeavoring to spread Japanese culture at Clermont-Ferrand in France for many years, posted wonderful report on my tanka reading performance on Octover 9th. I really appreciate it. Ms. Gotani, Thank you very much.
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Quelques photos de la "Soirée spéciale TANKA - poème japonais -" animée par Mariko Kitakubo et son amie Véronique hier soir au Café Lecture Les Augustes. Suite à la belle rencontre entre notre amie Julie Houillon de la librairie Momie et Mariko Kitakubo, une poète japonaise de Tanka (poème japonais formé de 5-7-5-7-7 : 31 syllabes) qui visite Clermont en ce moment, je communique agréablement avec Mariko-san ces derniers jours par messages et téléphone. Cet échange me fait très plaisir en attendant le rendez-vous et enfin, nous avons pu la rencontrer hier soir ! (^v^). La séance a duré 30 mins, nous avons découvert ses poèmes à travers la récitation en trois langues anglais-japonais et évidemment en français grâce à son amie Véronique qui l'a accompagnée.

Sa voix douce mais résolue nous a emmené jusqu'au Japon, Hiroshima et Nagasaki par ses poèmes de prières pour la paix et ensuite nous a permis de partager son voyage au Viétenam et en Afrique, accompagnés de petits instruments de musique traditionnelle qu'elle a joués.C'était un moment bien silencieux des fois, mais aussi très passionnant. Il est difficile d'exprimer par les mots ce que l'on ressent, mais sa séance me rappelait bien la force de ce petit poème japonais de 31syllabes qui nous parle au plus profond de notre cœur. C'était en effet bien Kotodama, mots-âmes qui représentent une partie importante de notre tradition. Cela me rappelait encore notre belle tradition et la beauté de la langue japonaise, mais aussi française et anglaise. Ce temps était magique et très émouvant. Nous avons été heureux d'avoir pu assister à sa séance ici à Clermont (eh oui, comme je vous dis toujours, à Clermont-Ferrand, il y a tout !!, même de belles rencontres que nous ne pourrions jamais avoir au Japon, mais, ici, c'est possible !!). Je remercie Mariko-san pour ce grand partage qui nous a permis de traverser le temps d'hier et d'aujourd'hui l'espace d'un instant et qui nous a aussi permis de traverser le monde.

Mariko-san nous a offet son livre anglais-japonais "Indigo", je me permets de vous présenter son poème "Pur indigo S'installe profondément dans mon coeur Quand je traverse la frontière Je voudrais mourir comme un vagabond."

Encore merci à Julie d'avoir permis cette belle rencontre, et je remercie VV pour ton aide toujours rapide.

Son séjour est trop court, mais, on continue des échanges entre nos deux pays avec grand plaisir en espérant qu'elle reviendra ici pour nous revoir et aussi pour réaliser un projet avec nous par l'occasion. J'ai déjà hâte (*^-^*)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Oct. 7th, I performed reading tanka from INDIGO at Momie Librairie, a bookstore in Clermont Ferrand, France.

I would like to express my gratitude toward Ms. Julie Houillon, who translated my tanka into French, and assisted my performance in reading in French.
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Ms. Brigitte Pellat and Mr. Ikuo Ishida translated other pieces of my tanka from the other sections. I really appreciate your cooperation. Thank you very much.
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

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Amazing moment on the Memorial Day ,Hiroshima...
It was so wonderful experience for me.

It was a scorching hot day. For more than 300 visitors to the event, the museum staff and volunteers, I would like to express my sincere respect.
Thank you so much!
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Ms. Emi Shirasaki, a singer.
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Ms. Kiyoko Horiba, a poet and a Hibakusha in Hirosima.
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Mr. Koyo Kanda, a professional storyteller.
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Japanese drum "Keyaki" by Josaikawagoe junior-high and high school students.
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Mr. Yukinobu Okamura, a curator of the museum. Thank you very much for all the help you have given me.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

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Bilingual tanka Reading Performance at the Great great Wednesday Poetry Meeting / Kathabela & Rick Wilson's house on 19th July 2017.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Bilingual Tanka Reading Performance at Kathabela & RickWilson's house on 18th July 2017.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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Bilingual Tanka Reading Performance at the Florence Riford Library Center in San Diego on 16th. July 2017.
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I am most honored to be accepted for this poetry reading event.

Every poets and their performances were so wonderful!
My first experience of San Diego(Actualy it was my first visit to SanDiego!) was AMAZING!
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Sunday, July 16, 2017

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Tanka Reading performance at the poetry meeting in Caltech, Pasadena on 14th July 2017.
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Friday, July 14, 2017

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Bilingual Tanka Reading Performance at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden /Pasadena on 13th July 2017.
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

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Bilingual Tanka Reading Performance at Tanka California meeting, Wednesday on 12th July 2017.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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The Bilingual Tanka Reading Performance at Kathabela & Rick Wilson's house for The Tanka Lover Dinner Meeting on 11th July 2017.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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After the meeting, I did one more Bilingual Tanka Reading in Pasadena on 7th July 2017.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

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The Bilingual Tanka Reading at the poetry meeting in Caltech, Pasadena, on 7th July 2017.
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Friday, July 7, 2017

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The tanka reading performance at the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden Pasadena on 6th July, 2017.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

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My English tanka poetry was appeared on Ms. Susan Dobay's amazing beautiful art Collection book.

Much appreciated!
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Monday, July 3, 2017

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Tanka reading performance at the Scenic Drive Gallery on 3rd, July 2017
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Monday, July 3, 2017

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on 1st,July 2017
Wide Open Reading at Tujunga Library /Los Angeles Public Library.
Performed bilingual reading of my new tanka sequence, and some selected from INDIGO.
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

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The students(almost 12or 13years old) of Sekundarschule ,Goldach,in Switzerland try to make their own Tanka 1st time, after they heard my tanka reading performance! Thank you so much ,Ms.Sabina Jankowski for your kindness and Thank you so much Ms. Ruth Zuckschwerdt for your help!!
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

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Today, I could do my tanka reading performance at Marienberg / University of Teacher Education St. Gallen Switzerland.

It was my 120 times oversea's activity!

Thank you so much for giving me the chance to introduce tanka ,especially for so smart, beautiful students!
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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May 1st. I performed tanka reading at Sekundarschule, Goldach, Switzerland. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude toward Ms. Sabina Jankowski, the homeroom teacher.
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It was a rare opportunity for me to introduce tanka to the teenagers who are not Japanese citizens.
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Monday, May 1, 2017