Possibilities of new creativity inspired by relocation to new ground
The Pécs Writers Program was launched in 2007 as part of the preparations for European Capital of Culture Pécs 2010. This is a writer-in-residence program in Pécs that has now extended invitations to nearly fifty writers from around the world and through the European Capital of Culture network. In March 2014 two representatives of the program visited Japan and, as the outcome of their research and investigations into Japanese writers, invited author Keiichiro Hirano, active on a number of fronts, to take part in the program. As an escape from the daily tumult, the residency in the ancient city of Pécs both provided Hirano with new inspiration and, as it came just when the plight of refugees in Hungary featured in the news day after day, brought a tremendous response from his blog readers in Japan to his posts on the issue.
17 – 29 Sep. 2015
An infinite dialog, driven by haiku
The Japanese verse form haiku has long since transcended national borders and found favor throughout the world. This year poets and haiku composers from fourteen countries and regions gathered to share their pleasure in creating and savoring haiku in a variety of ways. Readings of work by the poets and haiku composers taking part were given in their native languages and with English translation. Participants also heard talks on haiku activity in such locations as the Arabic-speaking countries, Denmark, France, Mongolia and Vietnam, and from a female haiku composer a report of deep interest on how haiku are received by women in different countries. There was also active dialog on the poetic form in a wide range of approaches, including haiku and gogaku (classical Japanese court music), haiku and pictures, haiku and film and music, haiku and dance, rakugo (traditional Japanese storytelling) and haiku, and haiku and proverbs. Now that it has spread throughout the world, haiku is sure to go on to extend its infinite possibilities and join the hearts of people everywhere.
15-19 Apr. 2015
Meiji University Liberty hall (Tokyo)
14 (including regions)
Exhibitino “Haiku of the World”
1 – 30 Sep. 2015
Meiji University Liberty Tower Library (Tokyo)
Young Japanese poets take up challenge of poetry slam!
The International Poetry Slam Tournament pitted teams of three poets each in readings of their work. Each poet had three minutes to present a reading, and the audience awarded points to judge the competition. Twenty-four teams took part from such countries as France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany and Britain. The sole non-European team was from Japan, consisting of Jo Tachibana, Mizuki Misumi and Takeo Oshima, taking part in their first competition. The Japanese team's works and performances were well received, and win followed win until they were edged out in the semifinal round. The three-day competition brought poets together from around the world to a place of vibrant communication matching their verse against each other, discussing poetry and talking.