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.

Apr. 24, I presented an easy bilingual tanka reading at the 5 to 6 years old class at ECOLE JEAN GROU. After my presentation, we had an Origami time and made fluttering crane.
The pupils as well as the teacher for the class are young and beautiful. Due to the school rule, I cannot show their adorable faces. At the end of the class, everyone said goodbye by exchanging the Japanese word I taught them, "DAISUKI".
I would like to thank the headmaster and the teachers of the upper grades to have spared time for me to get the photos taken with me.

I was very glad to be able to meet the headmaster this year. I expressed my gratitude to her for giving me wonderful opportunity two years in a row.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

I am very honored to be invited as one of the three featured guest for the reading event hosted by Ms. Flavia Garcia, a poet and a translator in Montreal, Canada.
Ms. F. Garcia made an opening remarks.
After the performance, some of the audience expressed their impressions with tears in their eyes.
I would like to continue my activity by keep it in my mind such wonderful comments from everyone. They are great encouragement for me.
Ms. F. Garcia presented the French vertion. I played percussion while her reading.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Apr. 23rd, I presented Japanese-English bilingual tanka reading performance, with the theme of "Prayer for Peace", to the highest grade student of Ecole Jean Grou primary school. More than 40 students in the class room, all of them are 11 to 12 years old.
French translation was presented by the teachers.

I was very happy to have had an opportunity for the young generation got in touch with tanka beyond the boundery of border.
After my presentation, we enjoyed Origami. I think it turned out to be an enjoyable opportunity to get to know Japanese culture.

Due to the school rules, I cannnot show their lovely faces.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Apr. 20th, 2019, I performed Japanese-English tanka reading at my best friend's home party. (French translation was presented by Ms. Maria Ferrando.)
In Montreal, I am scheduled to perform 5 Japanese-English reading sessions in total at an elementary school, a junior high school and a literature event to introduce tanka. French translation will be offered in each session.

Saturday, April 20, 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

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

Feb. 1st, I had an opportunity to present my bilingual tanka reading performance to those who love poetry and haiku. This gathering was arranged by Ms. Melanie Calvert. She and I got to know each other last year through our common friends, and she became one of my wonderful friends ever since.
This session in the beautiful city, Altadena, turned out to be my 160th reading performance in 38 cities outside of Japan.
I would like to express my gratitude to the comments made by the audience - they told me they were deeply moved by my performance. I am so happy that they felt the charm of tanka. I would like to keep it mind, and continue make efforts for my performance.

Ms. Melanie Calvert, thank you very much for the wonderful opportunity.

Friday, February 1, 2019

On January 30, I read a bilingual tanka at the Scenic Drive Gallery in Monrovia, California. It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to present my performance to the poets attending the workshop, in which create poetry in an improvised way inspired by painting work and Rick Wilson 's Caval performance.
*The photo shows myself performing tanka reading, accompanied by Mr. Wilson's Shakuhachi performance.

Friday, February 1, 2019