| The Japan Poets Club was founded in May 1950 with 65 members. The first president of the Club was Yaso Saijo.
Since then, the objective of the Club has remained unchanged: to promote
the development of poetry and poetics and the
enrichment of Japanese language, and the mutual communication among the
poets not only in Japan but also all over the world.
The prospect is: to contribute to the development of Japanese culture
and of peace in the world. The Club now has 923 members
including many of Japan’s outstanding poets. In July 2007 recognized as
a corporate body, the Club set up an office in Shinjuku
ward in Tokyo to support all the activities of the members and to be available to the public and the world.
The activities of the Club cover a very wide range: publishing journals
and anthologies, organizing monthly lectures with specialists, poetry school
workshops, annual poetry festivals in various districts of Japan, and poetry
and art exhibitions. The big annual event is the International Day. So
far the Club has invited many overseas poets from the US, China, Korea,
Germany, Nederlands, Mexico, India and Jamaica in the Caribbean. The Club
confers three awards every year to the best writers of the year: The Japan
Poets Club Award for the best poetry collection of the year, The Japan
Poets Club Debut Award, and The Japan Poets Club Studies Award for the
best paper on poets and poetry.
Five years has passed since we celebrated the 60th anniversary of our foundation in the years 2009 to 2010.