Kogawa House welcomes Takiya Kuwahara

We are thrilled to announce Japanese poet Takiya Kuwahara (The Indifferent Poet) will be in Vancouver to collaborate and perform the first two weeks of October. 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. In fact, just before his arrival in Vancouver, he will be attending a celebration of his 30 years of influence and impact on the Tokyo poetry scene. 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.
Japanese poetry performances
with live English subtitles

Thursday, October 6, 8:00pm
Takiya Kuwahara & Soramaru Takayama Poetry Performance
Visual Space Gallery
3352 Dunbar Street, Vancouver

Saturday, October 8, 3:00-5:00pm
Takiya Kuwahara & Soramaru Takayama Poetry Performance
Vancouver Japanese Language School
487 Alexander Street, Vancouver

Friday, October 13, 7:00pm
Takiya Kuwahara and Soramaru Takayama Poetry Performance
Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby

Artist Talk
Tuesday, October 11, 7:00pm
Reception: An Intimate Evening with Takiya Kuwahara
Historic Joy Kogawa House
1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver

Workshop
Poems for Powell Street:
Powell Street District Art + Poem Performance
In partnership with the Powell Street Festival Society
Groundswell Café
566 Powell Street, Vancouver
Presented in partnership with Tasai Artists’ Collective

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