Reading performance in Japan and overseas. Mariko Kitakubo

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. Reading Performance.

Tanka reading performance oveseas.

Nov. 3rd, 2018, I was invited and performed tanka reading at KOTEN-NO-HI, the day of classics, hosted by Chubu Nihon Kajinkai. It was a precious opportunity and I feel deep thanks to everyone involved in this event.

Also, I am very honored to the closing words made by Mr. Suzuki and Mr. Tanaka.

Mr. Suzuki, the chairman of Chubu Nihon Kajinkai, said, "I felt as if my soul was embraced by the soul of tanka-reading. It was a very new feeling I experienced ever. It was a wonderful performance."

Mr. Tanaka, the secretary general of Chubu Nihon Kajinkai, said, "In the beginning, I was somewhat bothered by the noise from the outside of the room, however, after a while, I did not even hear the noise at all."
The hall staff who served as the receptionists.
Two gentlemen who organized everyting of the event.
Left: Mr. Takeshi Suzuki, the chairman of Chubu Nihon Kajinkai.
Right: Mr. Tetsuo Tanaka, the secretary general of Chubu Nihon Kajinkai, and the member of Kokoro-No-Hana.
Mr. Suzuki made the opening remarks.
Mr. Tanaka introduced me.
Reading performance by me, "Prayer for Peace."
With the attendants who remained the room after the event. (It was a pity that some attendants had to leave early and could not get the photo taken together.)
The hall staff who helped the event. Thank you very much!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

On Oct. 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th, I performed biringual tanka reading in Pasadena, California.

Thank you very much for everyone who gathered to the sessions!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sept. 30th, 2018. I performed tanka reading at the Live Lyre event by Glass Lyre Press held at "BOOKMARKET" library in Chicago, U.S.A.
It was my first performance in Chicago.
20180930_02.jpg I would like to extend my deep gratitude to Glass Lyre Press, with whom I have been connected via poem contribution, for giving me such a great opportunity to join this wonderful reading event!
20180930_05.jpg Sunday, September 30, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Book Market at Hangar One,
2651 Navy Blvd. Glenview, IL
Ruth Goring
Susanna Lang
Naoko Fujimoto
Mary Jo McMillin
Mariko Kitakubo
Laura Ring
Kathabela Wilson & Rick Wilson
Bill Yarrow
Glass Lyre Press 2018/09/30

Let me introduce the video taken in the event.  It is a part of my reading performance.

Mr. Rick Wilson helped my performance by adding beautiful sound of Shakuhachi flute.



Sunday, September 30, 2018

In commemoration of the 150th biligual tanka reading performance overseas, I compiled photos of 36 cities around the world where I performed Japanese-English tanka reading.  The photos of domestic cities where I attended international events are also included.

I would like to continue to devote myself to introduce the charm of tanka and Japanese poetic metera from now on.


Friday, August 24, 2018

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

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

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