Reading performance in Japan and overseas. Mariko Kitakubo

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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

Contemprary Tanka Poet Mariko Kitakubo. Reading Performance.

Tanka reading performance oveseas.


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Saturday, December 12, 2020

December 4, 4:00 p.m. PST (Dec. 5, 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.
With the thoughts and feelings I expressed in my tanka published in TSA Anthology last year in my mind, I performed bilingual reading in Japanese and in English. My thoughts and feelings are still true at the end of this year in which we all endured from Corona virus pandemic for one year.
I am very honored and it was a wonderful surprise for me that the host as well as all the attendants of the meeting appreciated my performance as the prelude for a wonderful artist Ms. Toti O'Brien's reading from her latest publication, which was the feature of the meeting.

I really thank for everyone in the meeting.

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Friday, December 4, 2020

November 25th, 4:00 p.m. PST (Nov. 26, 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of a sequence created with Ms. Kathabela and my new and unpublished Tanka. The sequence I created with Ms. Kathabela will be posted in the latest TSA Ribbons.
I participated this Zoom meeting from Inokashira Park close to my house. probably this is the last chance to deliver late autumn scenery in Japan this year.
Mr. Rick Wilson's old flute play and Mr. Robert Stewart's paintings were inspirational and were perfect match with the deep autumn scenery in the park where I was. I thank everyone for wonderful meeting.

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Thursday, November 26, 2020

November 20th, 4:00 p.m. PST (Nov. 21, 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Friday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson. I presented bilingual Tanka reading from the still-holding-autumn-leaves cherry blossom trees avenue in Aoyama, Tokyo.
The main part of this meeting was a powerful reading by Mr. William Galasso from his latest collection "LEGACY", and I was deeply impressed by his presentation.

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Friday, November 20, 2020

November 12th, 4:00 p.m. PST (Nov. 13, 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Thursday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson from Hakuba Goryu area in Nagano Prefecture. I introduced beautiful scenery of mountains in late autumn, and performed reading of my new Tanka sequence.
I also shared my short sky-tour video on paraglider, which I experienced the day before for the first time in my life.
It was definitely a memorable meeting for me to get in touch with overseas fellow members' unique artistic expressions of pictures, images, poetry and flute play through the Internet, while I being surrounded by the Japanese mountains in autumn to winter season.

Monday, November 16, 2020

November 4th, 4:00 p.m. PST (Nov. 5, 9:00 a.m. JST), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Zoom Meeting from Inokashira Park which locates near my house, and performed reading of my Japanese & English Tanka and my new Tanka sequence.
Ms. Chrissi Villa, an Editor of Ribbons, a poetry journal of Tanka Society of America, participated in the meeting. Together with the other fellow members, we exchanged artistic expressions. It was a precious time for me.
I am glad that everyone enjoyed the tasteful autumn park where Mr. & Mrs. Wilson and Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji visited before.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

October 28 4:00 p.m. PST (Oct. 29 8:00 a.m. Japan Time), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson.

This time, I was in Kumobaike in Karuizawa, one of the famous resort in Japan, surrounded by autumn leaves and performed reading of new Tanka sequence.
Although it was my first trial to attend the meeting from the outside via a smart phone, it worked out better than I imagined.

I was glad that all the fellow members appreciated my performance.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

October 21 4:00 p.m. PST (Oct. 22 8:00 a.m. Japan Time), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Zoom Meeting presided at by Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and performed reading of new and short Tanka sequence.
As autumn is the best season for arts, each participants presented their unique and creative paintings, pictures, music and poems. The meeting of 2 hours and a half was very meaningful time for me.
I would like to thank for everyone.
This is the hanging scroll of calligraphy written by my late grandfather, Masashi Tanaka 88 years ago. It shows a part of "Hyoya-no-Uta" (or "Hisago-no-Uta") created by Touko Fujita.
My grandfather was a scientist and calligraphy was his hobby. After he passed away, our relatives made it the scroll. The calligraphy was written when he temporarily left the company to his subordinate due to health problem.
I heard that my grandfather was saying he could not write as good as he expected.
I sincerely hope that he allows his granddaughter displays the scroll after all these years.

Friday, October 23, 2020

September 30, 10:00 a.m., Japan Time (Sept. 29, 6:00 p.m., PST), I hosted the 15th Anniversary event on Zoom to celebrate my bilingual Tanka reading activity overseas to introduce Tanka to the world.

Although it was the prime time of Pacific Standard Time and the U.S. Presidential Debate was on air, I am very glad that many audience viewed my one-hour-and-half online event.

In the event, I presented ten sequences in total - four of which I created with Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji in 2020 during the time we suffer from corona virus pandemic, one with Ms. Kathabela Wilson, and five created by myself. I am greatly honored by audience's very favorable comments and reaction.

Please enjoy the video of my event on my website which contains already published pieces.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude toward Ms. Deborah P. Kolodji, who have made a great contribution to the planning and implementation of this event, and Mr. & Mrs. Wilson, who offered wonderful background music with Tambura, Shakuhachi, and Indian flute. I would also like to thank Ms. Yvette, Ms. Deborah's daughter, for sending information to the audience in advance.

I am planning to host the same event for the different time zone so that audience in India, Tanzania, England and other European regions can enjoy my performance.







I am sorry but no pictures are available for the people joined the event in the middle.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

October 14, 4:00 p.m. PST (Oct. 15, 8:00 p.m. Japan Time), I participated in Wednesday Poetry Zoom Meeting, and performed Japanese-English bilingual Tanka reading.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020