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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 wuth Ms. Shouko Suzuki as a lecturer.
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'"
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