Takuboku Ishikawa: engaged observer

General Apr 11, 2015

Takuboku Ishikawa: engaged observer

by Roger Pulvers

The society of Takuboku Ishikawa's era was in dramatic political flux, and its complex issues became his personal obsessions. After his death, Takuboku's preoccupations came to be seen as a symbol of the social and emotional upheavals of his times. The key word in the ...

Poetry by Fukushima residents to be released on CD

National Mar 2, 2015

Poetry by Fukushima residents to be released on CD

An album of poetry composed by people affected by the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster will be released March 11, the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that triggered the crisis. Veteran actress Sayuri Yoshinaga, 69, who has made reciting atomic bomb poetry her ...

Imperial Couple release 'waka' poems to mark New Year's Day

National Jan 1, 2015

Imperial Couple release 'waka' poems to mark New Year's Day

The Imperial Household Agency released on Thursday several 31-syllable "waka" poems written by the Imperial Couple in 2014 to celebrate New Year's Day. In one of his three poems, Emperor Akihito expressed the feelings of gratitude he felt when he visited the Ise Grand Shrine ...

Read up on books about books about Japan

Books Sep 27, 2014

Read up on books about books about Japan

by Kris Kosaka

Revving up the metabolism of culture with the pulse of new artistic voices, a good literary journal doesn't usually have much to do with profit — it's all about circulation. Japanese literary journals enjoy a healthy transmission here, thanks to the financial backing of ...

So Happy to See Cherry Blossoms

Books / Reviews Sep 6, 2014

So Happy to See Cherry Blossoms

by Daniel Robson

From great disaster flows great poetry, and this collection of haiku, collated by Madoka Mayuzumi on her visits to the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 and translated into English, offers insight from those who lost so ...

A Great Valley Under the Stars

Books / Reviews Aug 23, 2014

A Great Valley Under the Stars

by Kris Kosaka

A vibrant collection of subdued observation, the poems in this small volume, "A Great Valley Under the Stars," contemplate meaning everywhere — from a truck-stop toilet, over stones in the New Mexican desert and under the great expanse of sky referenced in the title. ...

What the Sky Arranges

Books / Reviews May 10, 2014

What the Sky Arranges

by Kris Kosaka

What the Sky Arranges, by Andrew Fitzsimons.Isobar Press, Poetry. "What The Sky Arranges," the newest work from poet and translator Andrew Fitzsimons is both a homage to and a refreshing refiguring of "Tsurezuregusa (Essays in Idleness)" by the eccentric monk ...

Flux

Books / Reviews Feb 22, 2014

Flux

by Kris Kosaka

Flux, the new collection of poems by Japan-based poet Jane Joritz-Nakagawa, reveals a myriad of fluctuations and transitions in style and theme. From the poet's diverse choice of form to her penetrating eye on the collection's wide range of subject matter, the poems here ...