JPN49, Vancouver’s biggest Japanese Canadian Poetry event, returns this fall. This annual event weaves together Japan and Canada through poetry and story telling as each year local Japanese poet Soramaru Takayama welcomes a new visiting Japanese poet.

This year’s visiting poet, Mizuki Misumi, is the youngest recipient of Japan’s prestigious Sakutaro Hagiwara Award. Soramaru, who blends his poetry readings with theatre movement, has invited local Japanese taiko and shakuhachi player, Minoru Yamamoto to add new dimensions to Sora’s already multilayered poetry world. These two talented poets, Soramaru and Mizuki, create a show like you’ve never seen before! (Bilingual event, live English subtitles provided during the performance)

When: Sunday, October 22, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Annex Theatre, 823 Seymour Street, Vancouver

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Later in the week, drop by Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, between 7:00 and 8:00 on Saturday, October 28, for the opportunity to meet and speak with Japanese poet Mizuki Misumi. She will offer a brief reading of the poem she is writing while visiting Vancouver and living at Historic Joy Kogawa House. This is your chance to hear from one of the most important voices of her generation.