Archive for March, 2016

the 11th year

31Mar16

March 29 marks the anniversary of my arrival in Japan, where I’ve now lived for a total of ten full years, almost a quarter of my life. I celebrated the beginning of my 11th year of living in Japan with a trip to Sennyū-ji temple (泉涌寺) in Kyoto with the poets Yoko Danno and Kiyoko […]


This last autumn — way back on October 17th — I trucked over to Sasayama to attend the annual Sasayama Autumn Festival (篠山秋祭 — sasayama aki matsuri), which is officially called the Kasuga-jinja Religious Festival (春日神社の祭礼 — kasuga-jinja no sairei) and presumably has its origins as a harvest festival. The matsuri coincides closely with the […]


diurnal

02Mar16

Three complimentary copies of Jane Joritz-Nakagawa’s new book of poetry, Diurnal, arrived in my mailbox the other day. The handsome chapbook is published by Grey Book Press and comes in three colors (I’m keeping the silver one). You can get your own copy directly from the Grey Book website. There are twenty-four numbered poems, each […]