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Mariko Kitakubo
Mariko Kitakubo
Born in Tokyo.
Living in Mitaka-city, Tokyo
Member of the Association of Contemporary Tanka Poets,
Kokoro no hana,
The Japan Writers' Association,
Tanka Society of America.
Tanka Online Project
Mail: tanka@kitakubo.com
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Mariko Kitakubo Tanka Poet

In my own composition of poems, I wish to pursue things that can only be achieved with Tanka poems amid this rapidly changing society.

Excerpt from View of the Month in “Tanka Orai” August 2003.

While composing poems is the primary thing to do, I want to continue expressive activities by means of reading performances in and out of the country. I feel it meaningful to vibrate Japanese traditional rhythm sounds, consisting of units of 5 and 7 syllables, in front of Tanka lovers whose native language is not Japanese.
Also, I am willing to actively collaborate with activities of other media, such as paintings, music, photographs and video images.

What's New Imformation for new publications,recitals,etc.


Sept., 2014

Attended English-tanka workshops almost everyday in the U.S.

>> click here to view the photos!


Sept., 2014

September 21th, performed tanka reading at Moon Day Reading event held in Flintridge Bookstore.

>> click here to view the photos!


Sept., 2014

September 16th, performed bilingual tanka reading at Garden Court, Santa Barbara.

>> click here to view the photos!


Sept., 2014

We had the reading performance event with Susan Dobay's amazing arts!

>> click here to view the photos!


Sept., 2014

Tanka sequence of 22 pieces created by Ms. Kathabela Wilson and I on Catalina Island where we visited at the end of "Haiku Northern America", the Haiku & Tanka event held in Long Beach, California in August 2013, was published in "Bright Stars 3." I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Mr. M. Key, the editor of the publication.

>> click here to read the sequence.


Sept, 2014

Performed tanka reading at moonviewing event at Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden.

>> click here to see the photos!


Sept, 2014

I wrote comments on TSA Ribbons – Spring/Summer – 2014: Member’s Choice Tanka.

>> click here to read the details.


July, 2014

The Tanka Reading Performance by Mariko Kitakubo in Paris. On 26th. July 2014 2:00pm

>> click here to see the flyer.


June, 2014

Performed bilingual tanka reading in Japan with Ms. Kathabela Wilson.

>> click here to see the report.


June., 2014

Poets Cafe Fan Page : KPFK Radio-LA 90.7FM interview will be on-air.
June 25th, 20:30 p.m. (PST)

>> click here to see the details.
>> please also check out KPFK Radio-LA Archive!


Apr., 2014

April 20th, I will perform tanka reading at Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Third Sunday Salon.

>> click here to see the details.
>> click here to read my report.


Mar., 2014

My tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons Vol. 10 Number1 2014.
It was a lucky surprise, and I am very honored because the one listed in
the theme; color was selected as Member's Choice Tanka.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Mar., 2014

My tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons Vol. 10 Number1 2014.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Feb., 2014

Information on upcoming tanka reading in March and April is updated.

>> click here to see the details.


Jan., 2014

I made a photobook in commemoration of my 100th in total, and 50th of international, reading performance.

>> click here to view photobook on-line.


Jan., 2014

Three pieces of my tanka together with their English translation were introduced in "cattails", a newly issued English tanka web journal.

>> click here to move to "cattails Premier Edition: January 2014"


Dec., 2013

My tanka was introduced in Eucalypt Issue 15, 2013.

>>click here to read my tanka.


Nov., 2013

My tanka was introduced in Spring/Summer 2013 Issue of SIMPLY HAIKU Vol. 10., No. 3

>>click here to read my tanka.

>>click here to move to SIMPLY HAIKU website.


Nov., 2013

My tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons Volume 9 Number 2 Fall 2013

>>click here to read my tanka.


Oct., 2013

Reading performance in Paris in September, 2013, was my 100th Tanka reading in total, and the 50th of presentation overseas and international events. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude towards all the audience and everyone who supported me to enable this wonderful achievement. Without their support it was not possible. I would like to continue making efforts, aiming at 100 presentations overseas.


Sept., 2013

Brief report of my tanka rading at Centre Cultuel Italien.

>>click here to view my short report.


Sept., 2013

"Center Culturel Italien", in Quartier latin, Paris uploads announcement of my tanka reading. It will be tri-lingual presentation in Japanese, in French and in Italian. I would like to deliver unchanging emotions we all have ever since the era of Myriad Leaves.

>>click here to view the details.


Aug., 2013

At "Tanka Sunday", Tanka Conference hosted by TSA (Tanka Society of America), performed bilingual tanka reading with Ms. Margaret Chula, the president of TSA.

>>click here to view my short report.


Aug., 2013

Participated in HNA (Haiku N.A.) on Queen Mary- long beach C.A.

>>click here to view my short report.


Aug., 2013

My tanka was introduced in UTA-SHINBUN of Irino-sha.

>>click here to read my tanka.


Jul., 2013

Thanks to Mr. Yukitsuna Sasaki's reccomendation, I was able to join the Japan Writers' Association.


Jul., 2013

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons Volume9 Spring/Summer 2013.

>>click here to read my tanka.


Jun., 2013

My Tanka was introduced in Eucalypt Issue 14, 2013.

>>click here to read my tanka.


Jun., 2013

This year again, I will perform tanka reading at "Center Culturel Italien", in Quartier latin ,Paris, France.

>>click here for the details!


Jun., 2013

Sunday, August 18, I will particpate in TSA (Tanka Society of America) Tanka Conference and perform tanka reading.

>>click here for the details!


Apr., 2013

On May 20, I appeared on a live radio broadcasting of "Musashino FM 78.2 MHz".

>>click here for the report!


Mar., 2013

Report on my tanka reading in Australia is updated!

>>click here for the details!


Mar., 2013

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons Volume8 Number3 Winter2012.

>>click here to read my tanka.


Feb., 2013

I will perform tanka reading in Okinawa.

>>click here for the details!


Jan., 2013

I announce the schedule in the first half of 2013.

>>click here for the details!


Dec., 2012

I will participate in Ms. Yoko Tamaki's radio program, "Tanka Time," of FM Taman over the phone.

>>click here for the details.


Dec., 2012

My Tanka was introduced in Eucalypt Issue 13,May 2012.

>>click here to read my tanka.


Nov., 2012

I performed bilingual Tanka reading at the 7th International Tanka Festival 2012.
>>click here for the details!


Nov., 2012

I attended the P.E.N. Day social gathering hosted by the Japan P.E.N. club.
>>click here for the details!


Nov., 2012

I attendrd the moon viewing party hosted by Yuki Teikei Haiku Group in the U.S.
>>click here for the details!


Nov., 2012

I will participate in "the 7th International Tanka Festival 2012" at Shonan Village Centre in Kanagawa Pref.

>>click here for the details!


Nov., 2012

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons Vol 8 No,2 Fall 2012.

>>click here to read my tanka.


Oct., 2012

The excerpted version of the "French Correspondence 36", a section in "KURENAI" Oct. 2012 (vol. 124),the tanka journal issued
>>click here for the details!


Sep., 2012

I performed tanka reading at "Center Culturel Italien", in Quartier latin ,Paris, France.
>>click here for the details!


Aug., 2012

I appeared on a live radio broadcasting of "Musashino FM 78.2 MHz".
>>click here for the details!


Aug., 2012

My Tanka will be used at the concert.

>>click here for the details!


Aug., 2012

Received a certificate from Tanka Society of America for The Tanka Cafe Member’s Choice Tanka.

>>click here for the details!


Jul., 2012

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons Vol 8, Number 1 Spring / Summer 2012.

>>click here to read my tanka.


Jun., 2012

I appeared on FM Taman, a radio station in Okinawa.

>>click here for the details!


Jun., 2012

I attended the Requiem Concert of the 17th Okinawa Peace & Antiwar Festival.

>>click here for the details!


Jun., 2012

I performed reading of Tanka at the house of Ms. Yoko Tamaki.

>>click here for the details!


Jun., 2012

My Tanka was introduced in Eucalypt Issue 12,May 2012.

>>click here to read my tanka.


May., 2012

My visit to Australia was introduced in Eucalypt :a tanka journal.

>>click here for the details!


May., 2012

My tanka will be introduce a tv program in Japan Broadcasting Corporation.

>>click here for the details!


May., 2012

I performed Tanka reading at Tamworth library in Australia.

>>click here to view the brief report.


May., 2012

I performed Tanka reading in Sydney, Australia.

>>click here to view the brief report.


Apr., 2012

I was perform Tanka reading at a charity event to help those who suffer from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Photographs I took were displayed at the event site.

>>click here for the details!


Apr., 2012

I appeared on a live radio broadcasting of "Musashino FM 78.2 MHz".
>>click here for the details!


Mar., 2012

I started the blog.

>>click here to read my blog.


Jun., 2012

I will attend the 16th Peace & Antiwar Festival in Okinawa.


Mar., 2012

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons Vol,7 Number4 Winter 2011.

>>click here to read my tanka.


Apr., 2012

My Tanka was introduced in Eucalypt Issue 10,2011 & 11,2011.

>>click here to read my tanka.


Mar., 2012

My Tanka was introduced in Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume 4, short list notice.

>>click here to read my tanka.


Feb., 2012

On Feb. 19th, I appeared on FM Taman, a radio station in Okinawa.

>>click here for the details!


Jan., 2012

On Jan. 29th, I appeared on FM Taman, a radio station in Okinawa at telephone.


Feb., 2012

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons Volume 7 Number 2 Summer and Number 3 Fall 2011.

>>click here to read my tanka.


Dec., 2011

Three pages of my tanka will be publicized in Tanka Online Project. I am so grateful for this privilege.

>>click here for the details!


Nov., 2011

Australian Poetry website introduces an article about our workshop in August.

>>click here for the details!


Nov., 2011

Performed reading at an English Tanka workshop in San Jose.

>>click here to view the brief report.


Oct., 2011

Performed Tanka reading at a meeting of "Haiku Poets of Northern California" (HPNC) at Fort Mason, San Francisco.

>> click here to view the brief report.


Oct., 2011

I appeared in a radio program, "Tanka Hour" on FM Taman via Skype.

>> click here to view the brief report.


Oct., 2011

Ms. Lorna Sim, a photographer, took some photos of me doing Tanka reading on August 13th, in Camberra, Australia.

>> click here to view the brief report.


Aug., 2011

Performed reading at the God's HR Cafe in Australian National University.

>> click here to view the brief report.


Aug., 2011

Performed reading at the Asian Book Room in Canberra, Australia.

>> click here to view the brief report.


Jul., 2011

I am highly honored to the fact that I am selected as a "Selected Poet" in Eucalypt, an Australian Tanka Journal edited by Beverley. Thank you very much for your high evaluation on my English Tanka works.

>> click here for the details!


Jun., 2011

Performed reading at "the 7th World Peace Appeal with Tanka" gathering. And I appeared on FM Taman, a radio station in Okinawa.

>> click here to view the brief report.


May., 2011

Performed reading at the Tea House Event in San Jose CA, USA.

>> click here to view the brief report.


Apr., 2011

Schedule of my reading performance, both domestic and oversas, is updated.

>> click here to view coming-up-soon events!.


Apr., 2011

Tanka reading with Ms. Bambi Steiner, at Arches Bookstore in Utah, U.S.A.

>> click here to see the photo!


March, 2011

Take Five : Best Contemporary Tanka, Volume 3 introduced my tanka.

>> click here for the details.


Jan., 2011

Schedule of my reading performance, both domestic and oversas, is updated.

>> click here to view coming-up-soon events!.


Jan., 2011

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons '10 Winter.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Nov., 2010

Two tanka were appeared in Eucalypt Issue 9, 2010.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Nov., 2010

Brief report on the Nov. 6th Tanka reading with Ms. Beverley George in Akasaka, Tokyo.

>> click here to view the report.


Nov., 2010

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons '10 fall.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Nov., 2010

My tanka is introduced in Eucalypt Issue 8, 2010.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Oct., 2010

Brief report on the Oct. 23rd Moon Viewing Party & tanka workshop in San Jose, California.

>> click here to view the report.


Aug., 2010

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons '10 summer.

>> click here to read my tanka.


June, 2010

Attended the 15th Peace & Antiwar Festival in Okinawa.

>> click here to read the brief report on the Festival.

>> click here to read the brief report on reading performance at cafe gallery FIGARO.


June, 2010

I will perform tanka reading at Japanese American National Museum, L.A., California after the middle of July.

>> click here to view photos.
>> click here to view JANM event calendar.


June, 2010

My English tanka sequence 'In The Sequoia Forest' has just been published in the final issue of Moonset journal, USA (edition 6/number 1).

>> click here to read the tanka sequence.


April, 2010

I visited Okinawa for preparation for this year's Peace & Antiwar Festival.

>> click here for the brief report.


April, 2010

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons '10 Spring.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Mar., 2010

Two pieces of my tanka was introducedin TSA anthology, 2009.

>> click here to read my work


Mar., 2010

Updated the introduction of my My Tanka Reading Collection.

>> click here for the details!


Jan., 2010

My tanka was introduced in a popular study guide for senior childeren at elementary school.

>> click here for the details


Jan., 2010

My reading performance photo was inserted in the Japan Tanka Poets' Society newsletter.

>> click here for the details.


Jan., 2010

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons '09 Winter.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Jan., 2010

My tanka was introduced in "Dwarf Stars 2009", anthology pubolised by the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Dec., 2009

Articles on the events I participated in are posted in "Images", the official newsletter of The Society of Women Writers NSW Inc.

>> click here for the details.


Nov., 2009

My tanka was included in Kadokawa's "Contemporary Tanka Corpus."

>> click here for the details.


Nov., 2009

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons '09 Fall.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Oct., 2009

Brief reports on the 6th International Tanka Event are posted.

>> click here to view the photos.


Oct., 2009

Brief reports on my activities during my recent visit of "Wind Over Water" are posted.

>> click here to view


Sept., 2009

I will participate in International Tanka Event to be hosed by Nihon Kajin Club at Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo.

>> click here for the details.

>> click her to view event details.


Aug., 2009

My reading schedule at Haiku Pacific Rim 2009 is updated.

>> click here for the details!

>> click here to visit "Wind Over Water" website!


Aug., 2009

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons '09 Summer.

>> click here to read my tanka.


July, 2009

Book review on "Cicada Forest" is published online at "Women Writers" website.

>> click here to read the review.


June, 2009

Produced an audio CD of my Tanka Reading Collection.

>> click here for the details!


May, 2009

I am honored that "Take Five - Best Contemporary Tanka 2008" selected my works from "Cicada Forest".

>> click here for the details!


April, 2009

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons '09 Spring.

>> click here to read my tanka.


April, 2009

Pictures of HPNC Jazz Festival are uploaded.

>> click here to view the photos.


March, 2009

Announcement has been made about my tanka reading with Ms. Linda Galloway at HPNC (Haiku Poets Northern California) jazz event.

>> click here for the details!


March, 2009

I'm extremely honored to hear that Gosford City Library is going to include Cicada Forest, my latest work, in its inventory.


March, 2009

Brief reports on my activities during my recent visit of Canberra and Sydney are posted.

>> click here to see the reports.


Feb., 2009

My tanka was introduced in "Dwarf Stars 2008", anthology pubolised by the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Feb., 2009

Two pieces of my Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons '08 Winter.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Feb., 2009

My article was introduced in TSA Ribbons '08 Winter.

>> click here to read article.


Jan., 2009

Updated the performance schedule.

>> click here to see the latest information.


Dec.,2008

Performed Tanka reading on December 14th, at Toto-kai Horinouchi Noh Theater, Tokyo.

>> click here to view the photo.


Nov., 2008

Two pieces of my Tanka are introduced in Eucalypt Issue 5, 2008.

>> click here to read.


Oct., 2008

My Tanka was introduced in TSA Ribbons '08 Autumn.

>> click here to read my tanka.


Oct., 2008

I will participate in an event, “A Thousand Years of Ripples” - collaboration among Tanka Reading, Traditional dance, and Shinto flute - on Dec. 14, 2008 at Toto-kai Horinouchi Noh Theater, Tokyo.

>> click here to view the leaflet


Oct., 2008

Book review on “Cicada Forest” is posted in Modern English Tanka website.

>>click here to read the review
>>click here to visit Modern English Tanka website.


Oct., 2008

Book review on “Cicada Forest” is posted in Tanka Society of America website.

>>click here to read the review


Oct., 2008

Some of the tanka reading events overseas are scheduled.

March, 2009 Asia Bookroom Event
Poetry at the Gods Reading
Haiku Pacific Rim

>> click here for the details.


Oct., 2008

Simply Haiku website posted a book review on my “Cicada Forest”
>> click here to visit Simply Haiku website
>> click here to read the review


Sept., 2008

Ms. Giselle Maya in France wrote a book review on my latest bilingual anthology, “Cicada Forest” at AHA Poetry Website.
>> click here to read the book review
>> click here to visit AHA Poetry Website.


Sept., 2008

Brief reports on my activities during my recent visit of the U.S.A. are posted.
>> click here to see the reports


July, 2008

My Tanka was introduced in TSA '08 Summer.
>> click here to read my tanka.


June, 2008

Mainichi Newspapers, in its July 6th edition, wrote about "Cicada Forest".
>> click here to view the article.


June, 2008

My new collection of tanka, "Cicada Forest", will be published on June 28, 2008.
>> click here for the details.


June, 2008

Received a request from Pacific Asia Museum to perform tanka reading again in September this year.
>> click here to view Up Coming Performance.


May, 2008

Received an invitation for Haiku Pacific Rim to be held in Australia, September, 2009.
>> click here to see the Up Coming Soon information.


May, 2008

HPNC Spring Meeting Minutes made mention of my tanka reading performed with Linda, as well as my bilingual tanka collection, "On This Same Star", etc.
>> click here to read the excerpted version of the minutes.


May, 2008

My tanka is introduced in Eucalypt Issue 4, 2008.
>> click here to read my work.


April, 2008

I am invited for YUKI TEIKEI CONFERENCE in September 2008.
>> click here to see the Up Coming Soon information.


April, 2008

Brief reports on TANKA reading in L.A. & S.F. are posted.
>> click here to see the reports.


April, 2008

Three of my TANKA are introduced in TSA Ribbons, 2008 Spring edition.
>> click here to read the work


Apr., 2008

Mainichi Newspapers, in its Mar. 28th edition, wrote about my tanka-reading performance in L.A. and S.F., USA.
>> click here to view the article


Apr., 2008

Pacific Asia Museum website introduces my tanka-reading performance in its calendar in April.
>> click here to view Pacific Asia Museum calendar


Apr., 2008

I will appear in reading performance in Santa Monica College.


Apr., 2008

I will appear in reading performance at Pacific Asia Museum, where you can purchase "On This Same Star" at the museum bookstore.


Apr., 2008

I will appear in reading performance in Fort Mason, San Francisco.


Feb., 2008

2008 My tanka are introduced in TSA Ribbons Winter 2007.
>> click here to read my work.


Jan., 2008

My new Tanka was introduced in TOL website.
>> to read the representative tanka, click here.
>> to read six tanka in TOL Gallery, click here.


Nov., 2007

My tanka are introduced in TSA Autumn 2007.
>> click here to read my work.


Nov., 2007

Two pieces of my tanka are introduced in Eucalypt 3, 2007
>> click here to read my work.


Oct., 2007

Information of contact of Pacific Asia Museum is updated. Please refer the following, if you wish to purchase “On This Same Star” at the museum bookstore.
>> click here for the details.


Oct., 2007

Three TANKA of mine was introduced in TSA autumn issue.
>> click here to read my work.


Sept, 2007

I will appear in reading performance, "SEIZA WO WATARU KAZE" at KIBUN-YA in Nishi-Ogikubo.
>> click here to visit KIBUN-YA site.
>> click here to view photo.


Sept, 2007

Sept 7th to 10th, participated in “YUKI TEIKEI CONFERENCE” in San Francisco, U.S.A. and performed Tanka reading.
>> click here to view photo


Aug., 2007

"On This Same Star" is now available at Pacific Asia Museum
in Pasadena CA, U.S.A
>> click here for the details


Jul, 2007

Three TANKA of mine was introduced in TSA anthology "Sixty Sunflowers."
I am greatly honored because three is the maximum number of TANKA allowed for one person.
>> click here to read my work