In Itoman, Okinawa Prefecture Oct. 15, Shuntaro Tanikawa read such scatological, contemporary poems as “Onara (Fart)” and “Unko (Crap)” from his collection “Hadaka” (the English edition, “Naked,” is jointly published by Stone Bridge Press and Saru Press).

Tanikawa performed his poetry with the jazz band Diva first, then singer Mariko Takase sang the poems in clear and elegant Japanese, making the poems even more enjoyable and listenable. Takase’s reading of Tanikawa’s poem “Tobu (To Fly)” exhibited her powers of interpretation and exquisite intonation. On piano for Diva was Tanikawa’s son, Kensaku.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.