Contemprary Tanka Poet 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,
Tan-Ku Co-Founder,
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. Article details.

Report on the June 8, Tanka workshop at Graduate School of Hosei Univ.

2024_06_08_Hosei_University_Workshop.png On June 8, 2024, the International Institute for Japanese Studies Joint Workshop was held at Hosei University Graduate School, Room S306, Sotobori Building, Ichigaya Campus.

Overall Flow:

First Half:
- Introduction to Tanka poetry.
- Reading some pieces from Manyoshu and Modern Tanka, two sequences themed about pets and one piece themed about Father's Day.
- Sharing my bizarre yet funny experiences during solo travels for tanka presentations across different countries.

Second Half:
- "Easy Order Tanka" activity, where participants selected their favorite type of tanka from seven examples and arranged the first or second half of the tanka in their preferred way.
- Participants were encouraged to create a completely original tanka as well.
- The workshop concluded with group representatives making stage presentations using percussions provided at the workshop.

The workshop was highly successful, and I regretted not recording the participants' presentations.

Each student group engaged in discussions to create tanka pieces on varied themes such as a familiar ramen flavor, a casual interaction in daily life, and a deep exploration of reincarnation. I found the participants uniquely authentic and intelligent and was pleasantly surprised by their rich expressions based on the small suggestions and advice provided.

I express sincere gratitude to the professor for attention to detail and overall support.
Thank you very much.


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