Lecture and demo / “Waka” poem: from origin to contemporary musical expression, May 1


Waka Oka Mihoko

Singer and composer Mihoko Oka


Nibei Foundation Japan Study Club’s Dinner/Lecture Series

May1, 2012, 6:30 pm

“Waka” poem: from origin to contemporary musical expression

Lecture and performance by Ms. Mihoko Oka, professional singer and composer

Tokyo-based contemporary singer Mihoko Oka will perform several her own songs influenced by “Waka” expression and talk about “Waka” influences to contemporary music in Japan.

Japanese classical poem “Waka” will be introduced and Oka’s talk will be interpreted by Dr. LeRon Harrison, Lecturer at UC Irvine.

LeRon Harrison received his BA in Japanese Language and Literature from University of California, Berkeley, his MA in Japanese from Indiana University, and his PhD in East Asian Language and Literature from University of California, Irvine.

Reception and dinner at 6:30 pm

Waka Norinaga Iwaga NeFollowed by presentation at 7:30 pm

Admission including dinner: $10 per person    Limited space available.

For reservation, email japanstudies@nibei.org , call (310) 479-6101 ext 134, or register at www.nibei.org

Dinner and lecture will be held at Terasakai Foundation Laboratory Building, 11570 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064.


Ms. Mihoko Oka will lecture and perform in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, May 7. 2012 Japan-U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial WAKA Concert will be held on May 7, from 7 – 8 pm at Memorial Union Alumni Lounge (Room 202) Arizona State University Tempe Campus. Free admission. Donation accepted. This event is sponsored by the School of International Letters and Cultures, Arizona State University in cooperation with the Japanese Culture Club of Arizona. For more information, email jccofaz@gmail.com