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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.

In commemoration of
15 years of tanka reading
The Latest Tanka Sequence
Original Tanka presented at
Spoken World Live

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo.

TSA Ribbons Winter 2023: Vol 19, Number 1, published my works in its sections - Selected Tanka and Tanka Hangout (Theme: Music).

Thank you very much for choosing my works from among many members' works.


Selected Tanka

thinking about
death with dignity...
this night
the dark door
opens to me

Tanka Hangout: Music

of despair
this movement
of Valkyrie

Move to "Tanka Society of America"

Friday, March 31, 2023

I am very honored to announce that the cultural & art event on April 14th at Descanso Gardens included a poetry reading presentation by Ms. Deborah P Kolodji and me in its program.

We will present a reading of some poems from our new book, "DISTANCE," for a commemoration of its publication.

Ms. Deborah P Kolodji and I co-authored "DISTANCE" (my seventh book), which will be published by Shabda Press on April 8th (US time).

I am deeply honored and grateful.
I will perform to the best of my ability.

Cultivate: Explore SHIKI
SHIKI exhibit tours with curator Meher McArthur
– Lecture/tour of Sturt Haaga Gallery
– Times: 5–5:45pm | 6–6:45pm

Haiku and tanka poetry reading and performance by Debbie Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo
– Poetry readings of Kolodji and Kitakubo’s book
– Times: 5–5:30pm | 6–6:30pm

Please refer to the Descanso Gardens web page for the details.

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

On February 21, PST, (2023.2.22, JST), The Tan-Ku Set, "Resolve" by us (Deborah P Kolodji and me) appeared!

Thank you so much, the Scarlet Dragonfly editor, Kathleen Trocmet.





the purpose
of my life has changed
again . . .
focus on the lady
in the full-length mirror (M)

morning sun comes
through the window
I stand taller (D)

— Mariko Kitakubo, Japan / Deborah P Kolodji, USA


 Move to "Media Coverage"

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Red Lights Vol.19 No.1 posted my English tanka.

My sincere thanks to the editor, Ms. Marilyn Hazelton. Thank you very much.






in a pure white
and deep blue sky
I doze in the air
of the arctic route
where am I?

the stress of jet lag
in front of
an audience of 100 I give
my reading performance


Move to "Media Coverage"

Monday, February 20, 2023

Shot Glass Journal, an internet magazine, posted 3 Tank sets.

* Click the images below to view the pages in Shot Glass Journal.


About Tan-Ku

Tan-ku is a collaborative form we developed where one poet writes a tanka and the other poet answers with a haiku, or vice versa.



Beach in Malaysia

by Deborah P Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo

grey skies
the blues inside
me (D)

through rainforest
to the cove
accompanied by lightning
and a rainbow (M)



by Deborah P Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo

early twilight
the angry voices
next door (D)

darkness is hiding
under children's brims
will be a sunny day. . .
after the war (M)



by Deborah P Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo

milkweed in bloom
a caterpillar hidden
under a leaf (D)

who can
recognize me
the joy
or loss—
metamorphosis (M)

Monday, February 6, 2023

Shabda Press will publish a book titled "Distance" in April 2023, which is a completely new type of poetry, "Tan-Ku*," which I co-created with my close friend Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji, a well-known English haiku poet.

* "Tan-ku" is a collaborative form Deborah P Kolodji and I developed where one poet writes a tanka and the other poet answers with a haiku, or vice versa.  "Tan-Ku Sequence" is composed of two or more haiku and tanka works, whereas "Tan-Ku Set" is composed of single work of haiku and tanka. Both of them are completed with its title.


You can reserve your order from the official website of SHABDA PRESS, Inc.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

On December 25 PST, (2022.12.26, JST), an online poetry journal "Scarlet Dragonfly Journal" published "The Color Red."

It is a set of English tanka & haiku (Tan-Ku) I created together with Ms. Debora P. Kolodji, my best friend haiku poet.

My sincere thanks to the editor, Ms. Kathleen Trocmet.



The Color Red

a fir tree
in the maple forest
green . . .
melancholy (M)

dressing up drab clothes
with Christmas bling
I feel like singing (D)

— Mariko Kitakubo, Japan / Deborah P Kolodji, USA


Move to "Media Coverage"

Monday, December 26, 2022

Tan-Ku Sequence, The Queen Mary, a collaboration with Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji, will be published on page 40 of California Quarterly Vol. 48 No. 4 Winter 2022.

My sincere thanks to her, the editor of this poetry magazine, and my good friend with whom I have worked together to create Tan-Ku.


I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the California State Poetry Society for the courtesy of sending me a copy by airmail, even though I am not a member of the society.

Thank you very much.




a little girl watches
the ship sail in (D)

father's hand
was big and warm
my story begins
scent of the beach (M)

live band on board
dancing cheek to cheek
at the high school prom (D)

the fruit punch
our poetry
is still in the wind
string quartet (M)

horn blast
a hundred fifty poets
on deck (D)

antique smell...
I meet
an elegant ghost
at the end of the corridor (M)

Deborah P Kolodji
Temple City, California

Mariko Kitakubo
Tokyo, Japan

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Ms. Autumn Noelle Hall,
Thank you so much for picking up my tanka for the Tanka Studio, TSA Ribbons Fall 2022: Vol. 18, Number 3.


Tanka Studio

77 years...
Birkenau, Auschwitz
the days in camp
her trace
covered with snow

Move to "Tanka Society of America"

Friday, December 9, 2022

Eucalypt, an Australian tanka journal, published in its Issue 33, 2022 my tanka poem about my trip to a Northern European country for reading performance.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Ms. Julie Anne Thorndyke, the editor of Eucalypt.


long flight
to Stockholm
july 2022
of Russian airspace

Thursday, December 8, 2022