KALW Public Radio Offers 'Walking Tour' of Tanka Poetry Exhibit

February 1, 2013
KALW Public Radio Headline

The Dilena Takeyama Center's exhibit, "Voices from Japan: Tanka--After the Tsunami," was the subject of a feature story broadcast Jan. 31 by San Francisco public radio station KALW.

Produced by reporter Hana Baba, the story gave listeners the feeling that they were taking a "walking tour" of the exhibit, which is on view in the Art Gallery of the Cesar Chavez Student Center from Jan. 28 to Feb. 14. The heart of the exhibit is a series of tanka poems written by survivors of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami catastrophe in Japan.

Jon Funabiki, executive director of the Dilena Takeyama Center, and Midori McKeon, a professor of Japanese Language and Literature, read and discussed the meanings of the poems and the history of the tanka form, which is more than 1,500 years old.

Baba's story can be accessed at the following link:

http://www.kalw.org/post/coping-tragedy-through-traditional-japanese-poetry