Nagoya Writes

February 7, 2015

January Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 9:44 am

January 2015 Open Reading Review

Tokie, Alex, Keiko, Yu, Shoichi and Albert participated.

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Our literary gathering of the Nagoya Writes has a new venue. Ms Takahashi
has opened the doors of Space Sakura to our group. With more flexible time,
we now have a setting where each reader can present their thoughts and have
a chance for questioning from other participants. This provides valuable
feedback to the presenter for his works.

Alex McLaren ( UK )

Following are the drabbles he read:

~ “New Year Visit” ~
In the living room both my in-laws were sitting in their chairs frozen solid.

~ “No Imagination” ~
The steak was made from old shoes.

~ “Dentist” ~
A sudden shot of pain brought me back to earth.

~ “My Mother-in-law” ~
I’ll just pop in, two hours later, she is still talking.

[Note]
drabble: a short work of fiction 100 words in length ( or longer ).
The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author’s ability
to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ Knowing Racism ~
If a question was difficult and a tall person answered, I would
accuse them of cheating, that they got the answer from someone shorter.

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “Footprints” by Margaret R Powers ~
I don’t understand why when I needed you most, you would leave me.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ Yuyu Hakusho ~
No one grows older without declining their ability.

Keiko Watanabe ( Japan ) -Debut-

~ The Stormy Relationship ~
He was more interested in his research than of me.

Shoihi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Toro Nagashi” by Kiyoko Ogawa ~
A soul that drifts alone is rare.

~ “A Walk in a Graveyard” by Kiyoko Ogawa ~
Newly bought gravestones were too glossy to envision the other world.

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Coming up:

February 22nd: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At Space Sakura in Shin-Sakae

Map to the venue: Click here.
(It is on the northeastern the corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

January 22, 2015

December Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 8:34 am

December 2014 Open Reading Review

Shoichi, Steve, Albert, Brett, Tokie, Hidemi, Alex participated.

For our last Nagoya Writes Open Reading for this year we gathered at Space Sakura in
Shin-Sakae for our literary gathering. This was our twelfth meeting this year.
Our Readings was followed by a Tacos dinner.  In 2014 NW had a total of 25 Readers.
Thank you all for making this a good year for the Nagoya Writes, with all your efforts
in your writings, readings and help to keep the Nagoya Writes alive.

Brett Hack ( USA )

~ Teaching with Visuals ~
No image is ever innocent.

Alex McLaren ( UK )

~ “In the Miso Soup”, a review of Ryu Murakami’s work ~
You feel you are right there, as people commit the murder.

~ “All you need is Kill”, a review of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s work ~
Don’t think about it or you will lose your mind before they cut it off.

~ “Salmonella Men on Planet Porno”, a review of Yasutaka Tsutsui’s work ~
There will be a last smoker.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ The Lawyer ~
His impeccable Armani, the armor of  his noble world, never failed to impress those around him.

Stephen Dunn ( UK )

~ (A Ghost Story) ~
Overcome the nonsense that gets pumped into them by idiots who confuse opinion with fact.

Shoihi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Song” by Kazue Shinkawa ~
It makes wonderers look back on their journeys.

~ “Sky” by Hiromi Kuriki ~
Is it because I have learned to look down that the sky looks so far?

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus” by Francis Church ~
They have been affected by skeptics of a skeptical age.

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Coming up:

January 25th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At Space Sakura in Shin-Sakae

If you are interested in helping to organize 2015 meetings be sure to come.
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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

January 18, 2015

November Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 10:11 am

November 2014 Open Reading Review

Back at the Kamejima Community Center, five of us gathered in the warmth of our literary circle.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ 5 Cs and 5 Gs ~
Positive support with sincere compliments, looking on the bright side of life, can be
felt with the tone of voice and intonation, even the way a name is said.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )
~ Charcoal ~
For those who knew how to work the soul also knew how to work the person who it truly belonged to.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )
~ Rurouni Keishin ~
The strong defeat the weak.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )
~ Diary October 27th ~
It took almost 20 years to listen to Kunagai’s music again.

Takie Takahashi ( Japan )
~ Work from Setouchi Jakucho ~
When you swear to love someone all your life, at that moment things begin to change.

Brett Hack ( USA )
~ Translation of Wataru Watari’s ~
My Youth Romantic comedy is wrong as I Expected.
It is possible to find pleasure in sadness too.
~ Yukino Hachiman ~
This is my first time to speak to a negative thinking idealist.

Stephen Dunn ( UK )
~ (A Ghost Story) ~
His mother tired to connect with any male who came into her vicinity.

Tammy Stone ( Canada )
~ Something about the Moon ~
I’m dead in the dream, then I realized I felt so bazaar because I was alive and not dead.
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Coming up:

December 21: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At Space Sakura in Shin-Sakae

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Albert

 

November 16, 2014

October Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 8:13 am

October 2014 Open Reading Review

The setting for our Open Reading was held at a Micro Brewery, were we reserved a corner table.
With location brews on hand and only a handful of readers it was more of a reading – discussion session.
With us getting to know some of the influences behind the writings.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ What God was this? ~
Gun grasping folk shouting ‘not over my dead body’.
~ Ebola Denied ~
Universal Healthcare is to protect us all.
~ Frobel the founder of Kindergartens ~
Before kindergartens were conceived of, parents often tied their children in swaddling clothes
and literally hung them in trees while they worked in the fields.

Brett Hack ( USA )
~ Translation of Wataru Watari’s ~
My Youth Romantic comedy is wrong as I Expected.
It is possible to find pleasure in sadness too.
~ Yukino Hachiman ~
This is my first time to speak to a negative thinking idealist.

Stephen Dunn ( UK )
~ (A Ghost Story) ~
His mother tired to connect with any male who came into her vicinity.

Tammy Stone ( Canada )
~ Something about the Moon ~
I’m dead in the dream, then I realized I felt so bazaar because I was alive and not dead.
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Coming up:

November 30th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At Kamejima Community Center

Map to the venue: Click here.
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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

October 17, 2014

September Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 7:17 am

September 2014 Open Reading Review

The Readings continue to be well attended with insightful work to our circle of writers.

Iain Maloney ( Scotland )

~ First Time Solo ~ ( a novel just out in print )
We were pulling out of Edinburgh when Joe burst in, an explosion of swearing, I hoped would keep going into the next carriage.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )
~ Fist ~
Give up fortune and family to go for an endless walk.

Yu Kawamura( Japan )
~ Animation ~
Many animation songs make children cheerful.

Albert Sussler ( USA )
~ Coda ~  by Richard Rauh
I think she is having an affair with emptiness.
~ Knowing Japan ~
A Japanese word made up from English: Skinship.

Koji Yamawaki ( Japan )  – Debut-
~ Tanemaki Gonbe ~
He killed but was in turn poisoned by the the snake.

Linda Donan ( USA )
~ Misunderstandings and Mistakes ~
He saw shinning in the dark Santa Muerte on my chest.
~ Walt Witman ~
Stand up for the stupid and crazy.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )
~ Tsunohazu nite ~  by Jiro Asada
I’m not smart because I am a child of yours.

Tammy Stone ( Canada )
~ Lao Jesus ~
He can walk, and do Tai Chi, and stretch every way possible, and with his crutches he can fly.

Ernest Schaal ( USA )
~ Living Abroad ~
Both the supply and demand for ex-pat lawyers is small.

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Coming up:

October 19th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Y. Market Brewing Kitchen

Map to the venue: Click here.

(Kameshima Community Center is unavailable this month.)
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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

September 21, 2014

August Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:59 pm

August 2014 Open Reading Review

This year the Nagoya writes is really percolating. New and veteran readers, each with their own  style
bringing new sparks to the Nagoya Write’s readings.  This month we had ten readers.

Iain Maloney ( Scotland )
~ First Time Solo ~ ( a novel just out in print )
We were pulling out of Edinburgh when Joe burst in, an explosion of swearing, I hoped would keep going into the next carriage.

Tammy Stone ( Canada )
~ Goro-goro ~
He never let me touch him outside of the house.
~ Scarlet Medusa ~
As we revert how much do we remember of our past selves.

Alex McLaren ( UK )
~ A review of the The Circle ~  by Dave Eggers
Facebook is an artificial self esteem generator.

Leah Sullivan ( USA )
~ Field Notes of an ESL Teacher ~
Sensei, do my frog legs go with my frog arms?

Yu Kawamura( Japan ) -Debut-
~ My Color ~
It was the listening part and interview exam that made me suffer.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )
~ Dream ~
All the people around him will be sad because he will pass away.
~ A Scene ~
Now imagine it had not been a tree but a man who had fallen.
~ The Mole Whacking ( Mogura Tataki ) ~
Though I wanted to say whacking moles is not my job …
~ Hide and Seek ~ by Tadashi Amano
Before I counted to one hundred, they had all disappeared.

William Matheny ( USA )
~ Service ~
For a moment I served a child, was a servant to a child… is that what parenthood is?
~ A Child’s Love –
Born of fear… overcome by trust
~ The Voice I hear ~
If you don’t connect with what you just finished you have a mess. I guarantee you.

Stephen Dunn ( UK )
~ Levels ~
The night was hers and she of the night.

Brett Hack – USA ( USA )
~ Grocery Store Romance Amalgamation ~
She told me I was suspended and I had to go home.

Albert Sussler ( USA )
~ What it Takes to Show Art ~
This rant was juicy, exposing the man as a good for nothing drifter with not a care in the world.
~ Take it or Leave it by Wali Hawes ~ ( a tribute to a member who will no longer be with us. )
Our creations are expressions of our concerns and beliefs, our fears, or our deepest hopes.
They represent a personal journey through life that uses a universal language… Art.

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Review’s quotes:
What a joy it was to have your voices share your work.

Coming up:
September 28th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

Map to the venue: Click here.
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Help to spread the word.

cheers from

Albert

 

August 9, 2014

July Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 10:29 am

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July 2014 Open Reading Review

There was a good turnout this month – 9 participants, with 7 readers.

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Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )
~ A Frozen Track ~
Gates are just beautiful, no matter the aesthetic value.

Tammy Stone ( Canada )
~ Untitled 1 ~
But my sister ate too many chips n’ dip and she threw up mayonnaise so we had to go home early.

Yi Jihyun ( South Korea )
~ Petty Frustration ~
I told her there was no doggy doo in France. She seemed disappointed.

Brett Hack ( USA )
~ From “Grocery Store Romance Amalgamation” ~
…two enormous cumulous clouds converging from either end. Their facing edges separate into
five tendrils apiece, which coagulate, define, and then two great white hands interlock their
fingers and pull down, scooping up the whole scene and drawing it close to the breast.

Stephen Dunn ( UK )
~ Ghost-Sensei ~
I believe that Jeffrey-sensei is an intelligent man. He must be, because he comes from England,
and Oxford is in England.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )
~ Kumano Fireworks ~
I was so surprised to see people sleeping on the floor of AEON.

John Vidler ( Australia )
~ Revelers on Sumida River ~
I watch as they drift further along
Slowly slipping into the past

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Thanks to everyone who joined.

The idea of reviving the writing workshop was also brought up. If anyone is interested or has
any ideas about organizing, please bring them to the next meeting.

Brett

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Coming up:

August 31st: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

Map to the venue: Click here.

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June 25, 2014

June Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:08 am

June 2014 Open Reading Review

I thank all the new members in joining our circle with three debuts. Bringing new thoughts to our gathering.
This Reading had a good mix and flow with six voices.

Alex McLaren ( UK ) -Debut-
~ Hylozore Review ~
I found myself wishing I could ‘Teep the fridge to find out what was in there.

Tammy Stone ( Canada ) -Debut-
~ The Smile ~
In the car accident the concussion she got immediately covered up the fact that she lost her short term
memory, which left her everything she had before the accident and a pleasant smile for everything that came after.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )
~ Nursery Rhyme ~ by Rin Ishigaki
Daddy is dead / Put a white napkin on his head
~ Nameplate ~ by Rin Ishigaki
Where the spirit lives / the nameplate shouldn’t be hung by others, / Ishigaki Rin / that will do
~ When I Was at My Most Beautiful ~ by Noriko Ibaragi
When I was at my most beautiful / town after town came crashing down.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )
~ Dragonfly ~
I was good at Hypnotizing and catching dragonflies.
~ Marbles –  translated from Moto Hagio
This society is controlled very quietly and peacefully.

Yi Jihyun ( South Korea ) -Debut-
~ Emotions ~
Let the emotions grow for they look so beautiful for me.

Albert Sussler ( USA )
~ Letter of Pain ~
The sharing of thoughts breaks the wall of loneliness that can encase us all.

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Review’s quotes:
Speculating doesn’t hold a candle to being there.
Thank you all for making it happen.

Coming up:
July 20th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

Map to the venue: Click here.
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Help to spread the word.

cheers from

Albert & Brett

 

June 3, 2014

May Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:17 am

May 2014 Open Reading Review

These are the days of spring when Japan’s weather is at its best.
It was a good turn out with new and old readers for a good mix.

Albert Sussler ( USA )
~ Rikuzen-Takata ~
That security of knowing where the last tsunami had reached proven life taking wrong.
~ Cycling Haiku ~
traveling alone,
one savers the essence,
of each word spoken.

Linda Donan ( USA )
~ Misunderstandings and Mistakes ~
I’m just a kid, and so we don’t really like talking about girlfriends,
kissing, and stuff like that. But we do like talking about bad breath.

Kyoko Okamoto  ( Japan )
~ recital of Assembly Line Workers (TED Talk) ~
This equation of Western demand and Chinese suffering is appealing.
~ Haiku ~
A Buddha carved in wood
Lets a fly walk
On his big palm

Brett Hack ( USA )
~ Grocery Store Romance Amalgamation ~
Like it’s what you’re always freakin’ doing. Peeling off your skin to
where you can’t feel the air in front of your face just so you can look
in the mirror at your own skull and poke at it like it’s going to tell
you something. It’s what’s screwing you up. That’s prolly why you
used it as a threat.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )
~ Marble Game ~
Please send an investigator. We have a psychic.

Rich Buckley  ( Cornwall )
~ Lessons Learned ~
has the penny dropped  and
where does it stop?

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A new record for the NW… three debut at once. Keeping the Nagoya Writes alive.

Coming up:
June 15th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

Map to the venue: Click here.
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Help to spread the word.

cheers from

Albert & Brett

 

June 2, 2014

April Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 7:22 am

April 2014 Open Reading Review

The Reading went quite well. There were 8 people in total.

Rich Buckley ( Cornwall, UK )
~ Prayer ~
Some of us / Thank You / for our Condition. / Some, no thanks.

Linda Donan ( USA )
~ Sudden Trouble in Tiajuana ~
It really happened, and it happened so fast that I didn’t have time to fight like they would in the movies.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )
~ River Running ~
It’s not my fault that you messed up,” he’d been screaming internally for years.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )
~ China Pot ~
Miracles taking place moment after moment
~ Reflections on All my Emotions and Non-Emotions ~
Shadow is a shadow is a shadow. Where is the object that is casting that shadow?

Katsuyuki Seto ( Japan )
Haiku
The whole world howling

Brett Hack ( USA )
~ Chapter 1 ~
He leans forward, sending a shimmer through the serial numbers embedded in his skin.
“Naw man I tell you what. You breathe on this one. It’s almost done anyway. On the house.”

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )
~ Tiramisu ~
Tiramisu – an Italian dessert that means pick me up.
~ Spring Haiku ~
New year in the office
Excitement of the employees at new desk layout
They are as innocent as children

Kyoko Okamoto  ( Japan )
~ 4 Haiku ~
On lovely Children’s Day
Elderly occupy all benches of the park
here have the children gone?

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Recorded by Brett Hack

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A new record for the NW… three debut at once. Keeping the Nagoya Writes alive.

Coming up:
May 18th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
At the Kameshima Community Center.

Map to the venue: Click here.
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