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The annual New Year Party was held at Itabashi Green Hall on the 20th. We had a good time together.
The fourth Poetry School (as the first time of the second half for the 11th term since 2007) was opened at the new
   place, Tokyo Seminar Institute in Ikebukuro, in association with JPC's office relocation.
   The former President Kazuyuki Takeshi gave a lecture to participants under the title " Poetry and Poets"

  At the February Meeting held at the Liberty Hall of Waseda Hoshien on the 10th, the auditor Mr. Risaburo Takayama
   carried out the lecture about the new project, "School Visit to Deliver Poetry Practices" with the title "Lessons with the
   sensitivity to classrooms"

  The fifth Poetry School was held on the 24th welcoming Ms. Shohko Suzuki as a lecturer. She talked about 'How to
   Write Poem', referring to Yasuo Irisawa's My Izumo, My Requiem.
We had Mr. Setsu Sakurai from Yamanashi Pref. as a lecturer on the 10th of March at March Meeting, which was held
   at the Liberty Hall of Waseda Hoshien. He gave a lecture on 'the gifted Heiichi Sugiyama, a poet who sublimated old age
   to a feeling of vitality.

The last Poetry School for this eleventh term also served as a closing celemony at 14:00 p.m. on the 24th of March.

  The Japan Poets Club Award, the Japan Poets Club Debut Award, and the Japan Poets Club Studies Award published in
   2017 were decided at the final meeting of the selection committee on February 25th, 2018 as below.

The 51th Japan Poets Club Award:
Watanabe Hill (Watanabe-Zaka)' by Hisako Nakai
The 28th Japan Poets Club Debut Award:
              'Changing of Water and Sky (Suiten no Utsuroi)' by Yuan Okada

The 18th Japan Poets Club Studies Award:
               'My Notebook II on Japanese Poetesses' by Masako Takatoh'

The Awards Celemony was held on April 14th at Japan Publishers Club at Kagura-zaka

  The New Voice Award was set up to spot talented fresh poets since last year. This year 139 applicants entered before
   the end of Feburuary. The committee selected one highest and four outstanding awards on the 26th of April, which are
   introduced on our homepage in Japanese. Awards was given to them at the Nov. Meeting.


  The biannual meeting in the south-western rigion named Kansai, "The 21st Kansai Taikai 2018", was carried out in
   Ohsaka on the 12th of May.
   Main programm was a lecture entitled "Relationship between Poetry and Reality" by Prof. Kazuyuki Hosomi.
The General Meeting was held at Liberty Hall of Waseda Hoshien which is located just beside of facilities of department
   of literature in the campus of Waseda University on the 9th of June, the second Saturday.


At the July meeting, Mr. Ryoichi Wagoh gave us a lecture under the title of "For Enshrining the Future---Subsequent
    Pebbles of Poetry". In the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Mr. R. Wagoh continued to announce "Pebbles of
    Poetry on Twitter from the scene and received a great attention.

  At the September Regular Meeting, we listened to the words of the Japan Poets Club Award and the Japan Poets Club
   StudiesAward winners, Ms. Hisako Nakai and Ms. Masako Takatoh respectably. Ms. Nakai talked about 'My Feeling and
   Thought to Poetry', on the other hand, Ms. Takatoh delivered her talk under the title of 'Why I Wrote My Notebook II
   on Japanese Poetesses'.


  "The International Exchange 2018" was carried out with new features entitled "Flags of all Nations presented by
    Researchers and Translators" on the 13th of October at Itabashi Green Hall . Nine presenters focused on different
    theme and poets of different countries like below:
    Kohichi Yakushigawa: 'Poetry by Lidija Simkute, orininally from Lithuania living in Australia
    Chikae Taniguchi and Kyoko Niwa: 'About cultural diplomacy of India, and introduction of Sankha Ghosh with
       Niwa's recitation'
    Yutaka Hosono: "José Watanabe and Pedro Shimose, both as Latin-American poets of Japanese descents", the former
       from Peru and the latter from Bolivia.
    Etsuko Tomioka:
    Yoshio Kohshina:
    Aki Sagawa:
    Michio Nakahara:
    Shigeru Shimizu:
  At the S

 News and Events
   ・The Japan Poets Club Award, The Japan Poets Club Debut Award, The Japan Poets Club Studies
   Award and its Special Award published in 2016 were decided at the final meeting of the selection
   committee on February 19th, 2017 as below.
The 50th Japan Poets Club Award: 'Give Us Horses(Uma-a Dase-i)' by Takao Oka
The 27th Japan Poets Club Debut Award: 'Cathedral at Night (Yoru no Seidou)' by Sanae Kusano
The 17th Japan Poets Club Studies Award:
               'The Formation of Japanese Modern Poetry' by Shunsuke Kamei'

The 17th Japan Poets Club Studies Special Award: 'Poets I Have Encounted' by Shigeru Shimizu

The Awards Celemony was held on April 8th at Japan Publishers Club at Kagura-zaka

   ・The Japan Poets Club set up the New Voice Award to spot talented fresh poets broadly. And 155
   applicants entered before the end of Feburuary. As a result, the committee selected one highest and four
   outstanding awards, which were introduced on our homepage.

   ・The biannual regional meeting for this year, "The Japan Poets Club Kagoshima 2017" was held in far
   southern prefecture on May 13th at the Hotel Palace In Kagoshima in the center of the city.
   More than 100 participants gathered, many coming all the way from even far areas and enjoyed
   distinctive characteristic programs to Kagoshima including comic skit in Kagoshima dialect at the party
   where President and D. G. were useed as characters on the stage along with a direct descendant of
   Takamori Saigoh
, one of the leading figures of the Meiji Restoration.
   Main programs were the poetry readings by prize winners of this year (the first part) and the presentation
   "Kenji Miyazawa--Person, Poetry and Music" by a couple of consanguineous family (the second part),
   and the three-person-conversation titled "Blood of Great Poet, Blood of Great Restoration" by Kazuki
   Miyazawa, Takao Saigoh and he organizar of this event, Osamu Takaoka.
   On the following day, we visited Chiran Peace Museum and the southernmost point of Satsuma Penin-
   sula where we surveyed the beautiful silhouette of the active volcano Kaimon-dake by sightseeing buses.
   Chiran Peace Museum exhibits many articles and portfolios left by the deceased soldiers called Tokkoh
   pilots of the special attack forces who fought for Japan during the final moments of WWII. The last
   battle took place in Okinawa and each soldier made a sortie for a suicide mission, wishing that Japan
   would be peaceful for ever.

   ・Annual New Year Party was amiably held on January 7th at the lounge of Campus Plaza Bldg. of
   Tokyo Univ., Komaba.

   ・The February and The March Meetings were held respectably on February 11th and on March 11th as
   the start of the monthly meetings for this year. It is a pity that the lecturer for the February Meeting, M.
   Takayanagi couldn't come because of the influenza but we could share his poetical theory by reading some
   parts of his recent book along with President's lecture about his . In The March Meeting, we welcomed
   Harumi Kawaguchi and listened to her attractive lecture titled "3.11 and its poetry, and sub culture"
   refering to the Great East Japan Earthquake and its social phenomenon in 2011.
The General Meeting was held at the new venu, Itabashi Green Hall. 11 longtime members were
   announced and the proposed 18 new trustees were approved and designated replacing the previous with the
   end of the term.
   ・The July Meeting was for lectures by the new President Kawanago and the new Director General Nagao
   as the start after taking office. Theme of their lectures were "Poetry of the Mountain, Poetry of the
   Hometown" for the President, and "About the foundation and beginning of The Japan Poets Club " for
   the D. G.

   ・The September Regular Meeting was planned on the 9th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Liberty Hall of
   Waseda Hoshien. The lecturers was Takashi Oka, the Japan Poets Club winner and Shegeru Shimizu,
   the Japan Poets Club Studies Special Award winner.

   ・"The International Exchange Finland 2017" was held on October 14th at Japan Publishers Club.
   Participants enjoyed a variety of programs, appreciating Kai Nieminen's poetry world which was
   produced by DVD instead of his absence suddenly decided due to his medical operation in Finland, by
   the lecture of a researcher and translator Ms. Hiroko Suenobu and the sound of Kantele played by Ms.
   Masako Hazata. This plan was realized mainly by Mr. Hisashi Honda's endeabour. The venu was
   filled to capacity and all of them eagerly listened to Mr. Nieminen's lecture entitled "Effects of Japanese
   Literature on Finland Literature" and other presentations.
   ・The Poetry School was opened for this year on October 28th. As the first time, President Kawanago
   gave the first lecture "About Composing Poems". This Poetry School was as follows.
    The second for this term: The lecturer Shigeru Shimizu about Philippe Jaccottet on the 25th of Nov.
    The third : Ms. Michiko Takeuchi as a commentator to review on poems proposed in advance from
    participants on the 23rd of Dec.
   ・The November Regular Meeting was held at Nakano-Sunplaza on the 11th welcoming Mr. Eiichi
   Kasuya, who gave us a charming lecture entitled "Poems that Live for Today".
   ・The December Regular Meeting and the Year End Party was held at Tokyo Grand Hotel on the 16th.
   We had a front runner Mr. Kiwao Nomura and listened to his lecture with big interests ─"My Poetics:
   with a central focus on my piece of poem 'Eden Hotel'"

 News and Events
   ・Japan Poets Club Award and Japan Poets Club Debut Award for the most valuable poetry collections
    published in 2015 by the Expert and the Rookie of the year were decided at the third meeting of the
    selection committee on February 21st, 2016 as below.
The 49th Japan Poets Club Award: Tsuguo Hayashi 'Thus... (Sono-youni-shite)'
 The 26th Japan Poets Club Debut Award: Ayako Satsuki 'The Seventh Ore (Nanabanme no Kohseki)'
The 16th Japan Poets Club Studies Award: No applicable person
    The Awards Celemony was held on April 9th at the University of Tokyo, Komaba.
   ・The 20th Kansai (Western District) Poetry Meeting was organized and held on May 14th at Hotel
    Awina Osaka. The title of main lecture by Kiyoe Kawazu was "Toward a Hope Called as 'Poetry'".

   ・We had The 67th General Meeting on June 11th as you can see on the same page of events as the next

   ・The 18th biannual 'Poetry, Painting and Calligraphy Exhibition' (the second article on the link page)
    of the Japan Poets Club Inc. was successful which was held from the 20th to 25th of June at the
    Chikyu-Do Gallery, Ginza. The Poetry reading by participants and a lecture celebrated this event
    on the last day of its duration.

   ・At the July Regular Meeting on the 9th, we listened to the lecture by Kenji Fukuma entitled 'How to
    Think of Poetry Now'. At the September Meeting (the second article on the link page) on the 10th,
    we had Ayako Satsuki, the JPC Debut Award winner, and Masaaki Seto. And we listened to the
    speeches 'Until I awake' and 'Sakutaro and Music, or Poetry as Music' respectively.
   ・The Meeting on the second Saturday of October is our International Day every year(see second article
    on the link page)
. We welcomed Mr. Den Gen this year who writes poetry not only in his mother
    language, Chinese, but also in Japanese. We appreciated his lecture which covered the pleasures and
    dificulties while facing and tackling poetry and language from a global perspective including Japan,
    China, UK, Korea, and so on.
   ・The November Meeting (the second article on the link page) in 2016 was held on 12th at the Hall
    of No. 18Bldg. of Tokyo Univ., Komaba as usual. The lecturer Mikio Yagi gave us a speech
    with implied meaning entitled 'What I learned from Junzaburoh Nishiwaki. Mrs. Unita
    Sacchidanand from Delhi also participated as she was luckily in Japan.
   ・The Year End Party was held on December 3rd at the open space on the 4F of No. 18 Bldg.
    Before that gathering , we enjoyed the Symposium by editors of periodical poetry magazines.
    Panelists were Mamoru Kikuta, Sonomi Mochizuki, Yoh Okazaki, and Mitsugu Chigi who
    took the part of MC as a director of JPC.

   ・Annual New Year Party was held on January 9th at the lounge of Campus Plaza Bldg. of Tokyo Univ.,
    Komaba, followed by Year End Gathering along with the last monthly regular meeting in 2015, which
    was held one month earlier on December 5th. The lecturer was Ms. Aki Sagawa who was rewarded
    at the Changwon KC International Poetry Festival with her recent publication titled 'Learning from
    Korean poet Daljin Kim's (
金達鎮)poetry spirit '.
   ・The February and The March Meetings were held respectably on February 13th and on March 12th
    as the start of the monthly meetings for this year. The lecturer of the former one was Fujio Nakamura
    on "the late Takashi Tsujii's poetry and poetry imagination, and Makoto Isshiki gave us the lecture
    titled "Our 1960s--
Portraits of Poets in Their Youth" in
the latter meeting.
   ・The fourth Poetry School was held on January 23rd and the fifth on February 27th, following the first,
    the second and the third last year. The sixth Poetry School was the last in this term held on March
    12th which we welcomed Ken Niinobe as a short lecturer and reviewer, and President K. Takeshi as
    our school master.
   ・The new semester of Poetry School in 2016-17 was opened and the first (see the second article on the
    link page) was held on July 23rd welcoming Eiji Kuroha as the lecturer and our President as the
    school master.
    The lecture entitled 'Learning from our Precursors' based on his experiences was very interesting.
    This was followed to the fifth in November in 2016 and the sixth as the last of semester in January,
    2017 as below.
    The second: 'How to Compose Poems'by Takashi Sakuma onAugust 27th
    The third: 'Poetry and Poets' by Hiroshi Mita on September 24th
    The fourth: 'Reviewing of participants' poems' and 'a talk about 'What is poetic spirit?' by Yukiko
         Kuroha on October 22nd
    The fifth: 'What is poetry?---Yasushi Inoue and other poets' by Senji Setoguchi on November 26th
    The sixth: 'Joint Review of Participants Poems' and 'a talk' by Hisako Nakai on January 28th
         This time was the end of the semester, and so President attended and gave his speech.

 News and Events

   ・The Three Awards of the JPC for this year were determined and announced at the end of Feburary, 2015.
     The Award Ceremony was held on April 11th at the 21 KOMCEE hall of the Tokyo Univ.,
     Komaba campus. The three winners are:

      The Japan Poets Club Award: 'An Angle' by Sankichi Shibata
      The 25th Japan Poets Club Debut Award: 'The Illusion of Existance' by Noriko Ishioroshi
      The 15th Japan Poets Club Studies Award: 'Paul Celan & Yoshiroh Ishihara' by Etsuko Tomioka

   ・The regional assembly of the Japan Poets Club in Yamanashi Pref. had finished on a great note on May

   ・The general meeting was held on June 13th and the President, the Director General and 14 directors were
     newly designated along with two auditors and an overseas member, Dr. Edward Baugh in Jamaica.

   ・'The Anthology 2015 of members: vol.37' is published and is now on sale.
   ・The Japan Poets Club inc. has renewed its Homepage at the end of August, 2015. It newly added English

   ・On the International Day, October 10th, the Japan Poets Club Inc. co-organized "The International
    Exchange with Spain 2015" with Instituto Cervantes de Tokio and Turkish Airlines welcoming Mr.
    Pedro Enriquez from Granada, Spain. The event was held at the hall of Instituto Cervantes featuring on
    the lecture by Mr. Pedor Enriquez and flamenco by Ms. Mayumi Kagita and her group.

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