Japanese poetry performances
with live English subtitles.
with Takiya Kuwahara
hosted by Soramaru Takayama & Steve Frost
of the Tasai Collective
Weaving Japan and Canada together
though language and storytelling.
Poetry Performance: One
3352 Dunbar Street,Vancouver
October 6, 2016 / 20:00
Poetry Performance: Two
487 Alexander Street, Vancouver
October 8, 2016 / 15:00
Poetry Performance: Three
6688 Southoaks Cres, Burnaby
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
October 13, 2016 / 19:00
Reception with Takiya Kuwahara
1450 West 64th Ave, Vancouver
Historic Joy Kogawa House
October 11, 2016 / 19:00
Poems For Powell Street Master Class
477 Powell Street, Vancouver
October 15, 2016 / 19:00
With backing from the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society, Frank H. Hori Foundation, and Canada Council for the Arts, the ambitious project Japanese Poets North of the 49th officially launches in the first two weeks of October. We are thrilled to announced Japanese poet Takiya Kuwahara (a.k.a. The Indifferent Poet) will collaborate and perform in Vancouver during this time. As the host of Shuntaro Tanikawa’s slam poetry event Shundoku, and host of the legendary tamatogi open mic event in Tokyo, there isn’t anyone in the Japanese poetry scene who doesn’t know Takiya Kuwahara. This is his first-ever visit to Canada.
While in Vancouver, Kuwahara will write a poem for one of the buildings in the 200–400 block of Powell Street formerly owned by Japanese Canadians. The poem will be based on historical narratives shared by collaborators Soramaru Takayama and Steve Frost of the Vancouver-based Tasai Collective. Kuwahara’s poem will be the first in a collection that addresses the dispossession and removal of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, as understood and written about by poets visiting from Japan. While in Vancouver, the poet will live in residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House.
Takiya from Japan. Steve from Canada. Sora linking Japan and Canada. All three backgrounds inspire each other, providing audiences the opportunity to experience new bilingual forms of poetry in the readings and workshops to be presented.