"Tanka--After the Tsunami" Opening Reception
Thursday, January 31, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)
The Dilena Takeyama Center
is pleased to invite you to the opening reception for
"Voices from Japan:Tanka--After the Tsunami"
an exhibit of tanka poetry, photography, video and calligraphy
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Thursday, Jan 31
“When the Catfish Dances” performed by Brenda Wong Aoki with Mark Izu
Live calligraphy demonstration by Aoi Yamaguchi
Cesar Chavez Student Center
San Francisco State University
About the Exhibit--Jan. 28-Feb. 14
EACH DAY, a new poem appears in the Asahi Shimbun. The poets: fishermen, housewives and loved ones testify to the physical and emotional damage left in the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The earthquake measured magnitude 9.0, the most powerful ever to hit Japan. The resulting waves reached up 10 stories before rushing six miles inland, collapsing homes, shops, schools and temples. The Fukushima nuclear power plant was devastated. More than a year later, Isao Tsujimoto of the Studio for Cultural Exchange in Tokyo assembled and selected a collection of 75 poems, 30 of which are on display along with original photography, video and calligraphy. These works convey the resilience of the Japanese people and their sense of loss and hope.Tanka – After the Tsunami seeks to remember over 15,000 lives lost and recognizes the recovery and healing that continues today.
PRODUCED BY Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture and The Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery at San Francisco State University. Presented in cooperation with Isao Tsujimoto of Studio for Cultural Exchange in Tokyo and first presented in New York.
CONTRIBUTORS: Asahi Shimbun, Kanji Chiba, Darrell Miho, Saori and Yasuhito Sasaguchi, Aoi Yamaguchi, American School in Japan, Konko Church of San Francisco. Poems translated by Laurel R. Rodd, Professor of University of Colorado, Amy V. Heinrich, former Director of C.V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University and Joan E. Ericson, Professor of Colorado College.
COLLABORATORS: Consulate General of Japan-San Francisco, Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, The Poetry Center at SFSU, The Richard Oakes Multicultural Center at SFSU, Rise Japan, Japan Program at SFSU, Japan Society of Northern California, Japanese Student Association at SFSU, Ai Love Japan.
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Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture
The Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture at SF State promotes leadership and new voices in the field of United States and Japan relations. Jon Funabiki, Professor of Journalism, is the founding executive director.
The center was made possible by generous gifts from Dr. Kay Takeyama Dilena, a distinguished alumna and professor emerita of business. Born in Japan, Dr. Dilena earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1970 and a Master of Business Administration in 1973 from SF State. The center’s broad mission is to support the study of Japan and to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Japan. With her gift, Dr. Dilena honors her brother, Yasuo Takeyama, a Hiroshima survivor, and her husband, James G. Dilena, a Pearl Harbor survivor.
The Dilena Takeyama Center:
- Serves as a catalyst to bring together and expand the diverse and rich activities of faculty and students interested in Japan and United States and Japan relations.
- Sponsors events for the campus community and the public at large, such as conferences, film screening, exhibits and festivals.
- Collaborates with other organizations in the community and at other universities
- Sponsors scholarships for students.
- Provides information and resources that promote understanding between the U.S. and Japan.