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.

In commemoration of
15 years of tanka reading
The Latest Tanka Sequence

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo. Reading Performance.

Tanka reading performance oveseas.

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September 9, 4:00 p.m., U.S. time (Sept. 10, 8:00 a.m., Japan time), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of tanka sequence with some new pieces about life and the transmigrations of soul.
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Although I was able to participate in today's meeting due to my personal reason, I was very glad that the members enjoyed my presentation.
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The photos of me performing were taken by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

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September 8, 7 p.m., U.S. time (Sept. 9, 11 a.m., Japan time), I participated in online event of The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes in which Ms. Teresa Mei Chuc was featured, and I performed reading as an open-mic speaker.
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Ms. Teresa Mei Chuc offered me a great help when I published my sixth anthology, "INDIGO" from Shabda Press in 2016. I really appreciate the efforts she made for me.
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I am honored to be able to listen to Ms. Teresa's impressively powerful poems.
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* My pictures were taken by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.

Click here to view The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes online event "Poets in Play: Featuring Teresa Mei Chuc".

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

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September 2, 4:00 p.m., U.S. time (Sept. 3, 8:00 a.m., Japan time), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed bilingual reading of my tanka sequence "The traveler" in Japanese and in English.
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Being inspired by the fellow members' poems and artistic expressions, I was able to spend meaningful time.
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Monday, September 7, 2020

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August 29, 4:00 p.m., U.S. time (Aug.30, 8 a.m., Japan time), the publication event of Mr. Rick Lupert's new poetry book, "The Tokyo Van Nuys Express", was live-streamed.
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For this event, I was offered to perform reading of "Distance 2020" together with Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji.
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In the Zoom event video, our performance starts at 09:20 after the opening and lasts for about 5 minutes.
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I hope you enjoy it.
Please watch the video from here!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

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August 26, 4:45 p.m., U.S. time (Aug. 27 8:45 a.m., Japan time), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.
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In this meeting, I met a Haiku poet who recently started creating Tanka for the first time. I performed reading of my latest Tanka sequence, wishing to introduce the beauty of Tanka to her. I was glad that she enjoyed my performance.

Her Tanka was so good that it was hard to believe she started Tanka recently. I once again realized that it is not really the years one has spent for writing poems, but the depth of emotion one has been cultivating as well as one's sense that determins the quality of poems.
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I was also impressed by Mr. Rick Wilson's flute and Mr. Robert Stewart's paintings.

Monday, August 31, 2020

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The Zoom Reading event "Village poets of Sunland & Tujunga" which was presided at by Ms. Maja Trochimczyk took place on August 23, 4:30 p.m., U.S. time (Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m., Japan time).
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Last time I attended this event as one of the featured performers, and this time, as an open mic reading performer. Attendants' works, especially the ones presented by the two featured poets, were so impressive and inspired me a lot.
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I performed reading while playing percussion some pieces from the Tanka sequence, "The Traveler", which was created upon the request by Kadokawa Shoten for the 2018 November isssue of its monthly magazine, "Tanka".
I express sincere gratitude toward Dearest Maya and all the attendants to the event!

Monday, August 24, 2020

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August 19, 4:45 p.m., U.S. time (Aug. 20, 8:45 a.m., Japan time), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.
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Same as last week, the theme of my reading was about Africa. I selected some other pieces from the Tanka sequence I created during my trip to Africa, and performed reading both in Japanese and in English.
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I am glad that the fellow members enjoyed my performance.
Thank you very much.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

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August 12, 4:45 p.m., U.S. time (Aug. 13, 8:45 a.m., Japan time), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.
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I performed bilingual reading of Tanka sequence about Africa.
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As always so, I enjoyed sharing variety of expressions such as poetry, painting & drawing, and music beyond the ocean.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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August 5, 4:45 p.m., U.S. time (Aug. 6, 8:45 a.m., Japan time), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.
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I performed bilingual reading (Japanese & English) of "Both sides of Ocean", which I and my best friend Ms. Deborah P Kolodji, a talented English Haiku poet, created together. This sequence is scheduled to be published in "Kokako", a New Zealand Poetry Journal.
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The opportunity to share our work with the fellow members in face to face gave me a brightness under the still-on-going Corona related chaos.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

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July 29, 5:00 p.m., U.S. time (July 30, 9:00 a.m., Japan time), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of Tanka sequence newly created with Ms. K. Wilson.
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Today, I brought my PC to my house terrace because it was a nice, sunny day, not too hot, in the rainy season, however, it was not appropriate to take photos of screen. Therefore, I selected some pictures for this report from the ones offered to me by Ms. K. Wilson.
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I would like to express my gratitude toward all the participants for the precious time.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020