traci kato-kiriyama

traci kato-kiriyama es una artista, actriz, escritora, autora, educadora y organizadora comunitaria y de arte que divide el tiempo y espacio en su cuerpo sintiéndose enraizada en gratitud, inspirada en la audacia y completamente loca; a menudo, todo al mismo tiempo. Se ha dedicado con pasión a varios proyectos que incluyen Pull Project (PULL: Tales of Obsession), Generations Of War, The Nikkei Network for Gender and Sexual Positivity (título en constante desarrollo), Kizuna y Budokan de Los Ángeles. Asimismo, es directora/cofundadora de Tuesday Night Project y cocuradora de su emblemática serie “Tuesday Night Cafe”. Se encuentra trabajando en un segundo libro de narrativa/poesía compenetrada en la supervivencia, cuya publicación está programada para el próximo año por Writ Large Press.

Última actualización en abosto de 2013

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Nikkei al descubierto: una columna de poesía

Comfort

This month, we feature California-based Yonsei writer, Kendall Tani, and Arizona-based Sansei writer, Susan Yamamura. Susan’s is a lighthearted parody poem that heralds where we look for some solace during a time of major strife, while Kendall’s first piece featured here, soft bodies, speaks to a relationship with oneself through an intimate practice of shaping earth (and future) by hand. Both reminded me of the ideas of comfort and doing something good for ourselves...like poetry, a vessel through which we might practice introspection, our potential, or a bit of peace....enjoy.

—traci kato-kiriyama

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Kendall Tani is a ...

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Spare Abundance

In a time of ever changing and heightened needs for social distancing, self isolation and attention to the greatest ways we can care for oneself and each other, I’m grateful to still be able to share two short poems from artists Courtney Ozaki and Margaret Ozaki Graves, both of whom are based in Denver. Their pieces speak to the solace we can find in moments of quiet, solitude, and reflection—and that the resilience before us or inside of us is ever present if we’re paying attention. 

—traci kato-kiriyama

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Courtney Ozaki is a creative producer based in Denver ...

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Locale

This month I was inspired by the Little Tokyo Candidates Forum that occurred at the top of the month, to present an opportunity for all current city council candidates a chance to speak with the community. The forum, with many passionate expressions for the neighborhood, made me think on locality, affinity and the infinite ways with which you can fall in love with a community. I thought it would be fun at long last to feature a behind the scenes tech genius who works at Little Tokyo Service Center and is also a private poet - Cleveland, Ohio born and raised ...

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Harmonics

This being the first month of a new year, I thought we’d present “poetics” with a different approach from any other edition of the column—to feature lyrics of two songwriters of different generations and share a bit of their music to boot. For January 2020, we have a song from a brilliant musician, Goh Nakamura, who now hails from Little Tokyo, and a classic from a true legend, Nobuko Miyamoto.

We’re also including links to some tracks for you to hear some of their work.

With a surely formidable year ahead, we could all use the inspiration ...

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In Homage to Hiroshi Kashiwagi

As we come to our 4th December and third anniversary of Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column, it seemed very fitting to pay tribute to the recently departed poet, Hiroshi Kashiwagi. A beloved community member and writer for many generations, Hiroshi was the inaugural poet featured (alongside Amy Uyematsu) when we began the column. I have fond memories of hearing Mr. Kashiwagi read his poetry aloud and I was always inspired by his candor, slightly mischievous smile, and of course, his poetry. With a brief note from his son, artist Soji Kashiwagi, we have five poems here—selected by Soji—as ...

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