Voices from Japan: Tanka – After the Tsunami

Monday, January 28, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Dilena Takeyama Center presents a collection of tanka poetry, photography and video that reflect the loss and hope of survivors of Japan's March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The poems were written by survivors and other citizens in the traditional tanka style and published in the Asahi Shimbun. Originally assembled by the Studio for Cultural Exchange in Tokyo and presented in collaboration with the Art Gallery in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
Art Gallery, Cesar Chavez Student Center
Dilena Takeyama Center for Japan and Japanese Culture
Prof. Jon Funabiki

Special Events

Wednesday, Jan. 16 - Kizuna Program Visit

1:30 to 3:30 pm A pre-exhibition visit by more than 50 Japanese high school students taking part in the Kizuna ("bond") Program sponsored by the Laurasian Institute.

Thursday, Jan. 31 - Community Roundtable

3 to 5 pm “Reconnecting With Tohoku: A Community Roundtable Discussion” (by invitation)

Thursday, Jan. 31 – OPENING RECEPTION

5:00 pm Opening with refreshments

5:30 pm   “When the Catfish Dances” performed by Brenda Wong Aoki

6:30 pm   A live calligraphy demonstration by Aoi Yamaguchi

Tuesday, Feb. 5 – Poetry Discussion

4:30 to 6 pm  “Fukushima/Tanka/San Francisco: The Voice of NOW,” a student poetry reading and exchange, organized by The Poetry Center and Foreign Languages and Literature Department at SF State


Wednesday, Feb. 6 --How Can You Help?

1:00 to 2:30 pm "From Relief to Rebuilding: How Can You Help?", a workshop with presentations by student and community leaders on current projects focusing on rebuilding efforts, organized by the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California and the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center.

Tuesday, February 12—JSA Language Exchange Session

The Japanese Students Association will conduct a Tanka-writing workshop as part of its “language exchange session” in which Japanese and American students help one another learn each other’s languages. This special workshop will include a tour of the gallery exhibit, a discussion of the history of Tanka poem and instruction on how to write in the Tanka form. (Time and location to be announced.)