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.

On the last day of ANIMUSIC Organological Congress2019, I presented Japanese and English tanka reading.
The venue was a hotel & restaurant "Pousada Conventode Belmonte", a tasteful masonry building.

I was very happy because I was allowed to use this wonderful facility, where the lighting and sound rebibration are beautifully designed.
The artists from many countries such as Lithuania, Israel, Italy, France, Russia, Netherland, and the host country Portugal, gave me moving comments.

I would like to keep them in mind and continue my performance from now on.
A photographer of the municipal government came, and I felt very much obliged.

I extend my sincere gratitude toward those who listened my presentation with tears in their eyes, for many of them Japanese or English was not their mother tongue.

I will conitinue making efforts to deliver heart-to-heart message through my performance.

Monday, September 30, 2019


Bilingual (Japanese&English) tanka poetry reading performance by Mariko on Sep, 21, 2019 at Capela de Santiago, Belmonte Portugal.

I am greatly honored to present my performance to many audience gathered here.


Photos by Mr.Michael Lynn.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

On June 22, I performed tanka reading at Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature.
Thanks to the planning and coordination by Kanagawa division of Taishu Bungaku Kenkyu-kai, the Popular Literature Study Association, I performed "Fukushima", which is a seriese of tanka which I wrote after visiting the nuclear power plant in Fukusima in Fukusima prefecture Japan, as well as "Prayer for peace", which I often perform overseas.
Mr. Genichi Yamamoto, the chairman of the Japan P.E.N. Club environment committee, presented the report and his impression about his visit to Fukushima nuclear power plant. He also talked about his perspective on Camus' "Pest" as a literature of disaster.
I would like to thank everyone who made all the arrangements for this event including venue reservation, as well as to all the attendants who came to the event in spite of the rainy weather.

Sunday, June 23, 2019