Nagoya Writes

July 4, 2015

June Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 7:51 am

June 2015 Open Reading Review

A good turn out for June with a good mix of styles. Space Sakura has proved to be a good home for our writing community. For half a year we have been given a space to share our works that would so often be left in the silence of our pages. I always feel happy after an afternoon of sharing ideas.
Word Power:
“She helped to find the people with leprosy so that the government could hide them” : Tokie Takahashi

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Yoko Kanai ( Japan )

~ “Rock and Roll Marathon, Oldest to finish.” ~
I was just really thankful that I could finish today.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Dream” ~
Surprised, I woke up. Three days after, I’m still alive and I’m writing this poem.

~ “China Pot” ~
Looking at the broken pieces of the pot, I ponder on the space it had cherished inside itself.

Alex McLaren ( UK )

~ “Journals of Rudy Rucker, 6 reviews.” ~
Ironic and detached is one of the ways that Rucker describes himself.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Wher was I” ~
parents, siblings, all the actors I knew,  wear their duration differently.

~ “Dignity” ~
From a scorned lover to a nation at war, the sense of dignity, is at the core of resistance and revenge.

Fumiko Kodama ( Japan )

~ “Back to the Past” ~
I am afraid it is heading for war and nuclear disasters as well.

Kaoru Suzuki ( Japan )

~ “Thoughts on Haiku” ~
Too much revising makes the personality disappear – Kikuchi Toru

~ Haiku:  “Clouds” ~
Floating Clouds, to the future, in the blue sky

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “An” Movie on Leprosy ~
She helped to find the people with leprosy so that the government could hide them.

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Coming up:

July 12th: 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 corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

June 5, 2015

May Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:48 am

May 2015 Open Reading Review

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Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Animation and the Importance of Nature” ~
We are indebted to the ground.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Travels Taiwan” ~
The rattling of the rack told me it was not going to hold together long.

~ “The Sound of the Hammer” ~
No longer an arbitrator of space, just fragments to be shoveled up and
returned to the earth.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )

~ “Model Answer” ~
Your common dream was changed to your husband’s dream.

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Coming up:

June 21st: 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 corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

June 4, 2015

April Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:20 am

April 2015 Open Reading Review

It was a good turn out with a good mix of different styles. Each voice adds to the mood
with fresh strokes of their original color to our Open Reading.

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Stephen Dunn ( UK )

~ “Only when you are looking back” ~
I wondered if he had a wife who asked him weird questions like my wife did.

Yasuko Hatano ( Japan )

~ “Look to this day” ~
People are stressed by this over developed society.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “The Karaoka machine” ~
I Having the score, takes the naive pleasure os singing out of tune.

~ “Chap-chap” ~
Before investing, look under the hood.

~ “Getting Baaya” ~
Emi soon learned that her complaining Ji-iya would lead to Baaya’s party cakes.

~ “The Cake Seller” ~
She had no idea till that moment, how valuable rice could be.

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “Japanese Ghost” ~
A living ghost has no vision, no worries, no regrets of the past.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )

~ “Charcoal” ~
The fox ran a very unfortunate orphanage.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “The Third Sector” ~
Some people have a negative image of bankruptcy.

Fumiko Kodama ( Japan )

~ “My Love for Kyoto” ~
They get admission fees by the level of blooming.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Adokenai Hanashi ( An Innocent Story )” by Kohtaro Takamura
Above Mount Atatara is the true sky.

~ “Shizukana Fufu ( A Quiet Married Couple )” by Tadashi Amano
Skipping the marriage, I wanted to be part of a married couple.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )

~ “Refusing Criticism” ~
Conflicts can actually be healthy.

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Coming up:

June 21st: 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 corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

March 29, 2015

March Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 5:51 pm

March 2015 Open Reading Review

Our new location has been good for the NW.  Each meeting veteran readers are
joined by new members, adding to our circle of literary exchange.  The ‘Space Sakura’,
gives us the quiet and warmth we need to make our afternoon.

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Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “The Setting Sun” ~  by Osamu Dazai
It made me puke just to hear the highfalutin language the idiot saw fit to use when
making a table speech…

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Bahamut Lagoon” ~
It is sad to be an adult, for it means we lose old memories.

Alex McLaren ( UK )
Following are the drabbles he read:

~ “The Oldest Person” ~
It seems like a good sense of humor is why you may live a long time.

~ “What to do when your printer stops working” ~
Makes them seem almost life like.

~ “Reviewers” ~
Money will be less valued, fame more.

~ “Photos” ~
It helps me to see the world better.

Fumiko Kodama ( Japan )

~ “To Respect Others People’s Feelings” ~
Don’t tell me the word, I am not your student.

Ernest Schaal ( USA )

~ “The Escape”
All she had was a opportunity during chaos.

Akiko Ichihara ( Japan ) -Debut-

~ “Art Theory Tour” ~
What kind of sound does the musical instrument makes in the painting.

Albert Sussler – USA

~ “The Haitian Taxi Driver” ~
I could hear him breathe in, taking a few seconds as he eyed me in his rear view mirror,
till finally he responded, “there has been political troubles.”

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )

~ “Faith and Grace” ~
Satan, sat among the world’s neutral things that he collected, like cake…

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Coming up:

April 19th: 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 corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

__________________________________________________________________________

Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

March 15, 2015

February Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 9:37 am

February 2015 Open Reading Review

This month, three new voices added to our writes. Gratifying to have such a good location
as our warm setting at Space Sakura. The mix of styles and background and good discussion
on the works presented made for a memorable evening. Ms Takahashi thank you for giving us
such a good place to share our ideas.

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Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Role of the Self Defense Force of Japan” ~
80% of Japanese think it is good too have the SDF.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )

~ “Rivers” ~
Maybe they couldn’t fix each other but if they could give each other space, they would fix themselves.

Keiko Watanabe ( Japan )

~ “Where does Courage come from?” ~
He told his boy, to unlearn the code of honor.

Fumiko Kodama ( Japan ) -debut-

~ “Recent Crime” ~
Lonely children will be stressed out to live in competitive society without relying on anyone.

Alex McLaren ( UK )

~ “Rip Off (start with a famous line then build an original story)” ~ by Allen Steele
Revenge is such a harsh word, I prefer to think of it as aggressive fishing.

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “Fatalist” ~
If I die here, whom will I see?

Albert Sussler – USA

~ “The taste of wine” ~
I have not heard you say I love you in 50 years.

~ “Party at Sanriku” ~
Even the word tsunami here in Sanriku has so much power, that when uttered can still pull tears.

Kaoru Suzuki ( Japan ) -debut-

English allows us to have a lot of the most.

Yasuko Hatano ( Japan ) -debut-

~ “Ideal Profession” ~
Stories can be a living experience.

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Coming up:

March 15th: 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.)

__________________________________________________________________________

Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

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.)

__________________________________________________________________________

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.

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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

 

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