Writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in October 2016
Takiya Kuwahara is a poet born in Yokkaichi City in Mie prefecture, Japan. After exploring theatre, music, and performance movement, he began composing poetry in 1994, founding Shuntaro Tanikawa’s slam poetry event Shundoku and Tokyo’s legendary open mike event tamatogi.
His evolving practice includes international productions and live performances with wife and professional storyteller Kyoko Kanda. More recently, he wrote lyrics for Tashikanaru Kaze (the promising breeze), “My Hometown, Hisanohama,” and “Tobushiru no uta” in support of the people of Fukushima after the Great East Japan earthquake. In 2016, he published the photo-poetry book Meoto Pandora (“meoto” means “a married couple” ) with FOIL publishers.
On August 28, 2016, Crocodile, a Tokyo performance theatre organized a celebration honouring Kuwahara’s 30 years of artistic expression and impact on the Tokyo poetry scene.
Kuwahara blogs at shijinrui.blogspot.com