2014 / “Tanka” Talk by Rafu Shimpo columnist in Gardena, Aug 24

In an event organized by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, Genie Nakano, author of Rafu Shimpo column Genie’s Lamp, will discuss tanka and perform some of her work at the Merit Park Recreation hall in Gardena.

Tanka is a five-line form of poetry—beautiful, lyrical and able to capture a full moment in time. Its simplicity makes it accessible for everyone. Yet it is challenging enough to endure the ages.

Tanka, Japan’s first form of poetry was originally developed in Japan over 1,300 years ago.  It is also known as the mother of haiku and senryu.

Tanka is a very versatile form that can be combined into a series and form stories, or they can spice prose to form daily journals or autobiographies, or they can stand alone in five-line form.  Writing or reading tanka offers a moment of peaceful reflection and a way to fully appreciate an active life.

Nakano likes to experiment with movement, music and dance as she performs her poetry.  To experience the enlivening form of writing.  Nakano will conduct a group writing of tanka.

Date:  Sunday, August 24
Time: 2 pm
Place: Merit Park Recreation Hall, 58 Merit park Drive, Gardena (East of Pacific Square, enter from 158th Street)
Contact:  Louise Sakamoto, (310) 327-3169