Nagoya Writes

March 16, 2016

February Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:21 am

February 2016 Open Reading Review

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ Poem: “Kanji of pleasures” ~
Kanji have a magic woven into their strokes.

~ “Knowing the Prefectures” ~
The only place to be destroyed by Godzilla 28 times.

~ Joke: “Japanese Business Lunch” ~
To be polite, I must buy everyone’s lunch, thought the Tokyo Businessman.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )

~ “Charcoal” ~
How could he manage to live his life without knowing that he didn’t own his own soul,
until this moment he had lived his life merely renting it from her.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Ko ko ni iru  ( I”m here )” ~
Have you seen a big sky?  When did you last breath deeply?
Widening the gap in between, why don’t you smell the sky and atmosphere?

~ “Do you see over there…?”  ~
I start to feel the people around me are very important and can’t be exchanged for anything else.

~ “Song” by Kazue Shinkawa ~
The song that slips from the lips of a women
after giving birth to her first child
is the sweetest song in the world.

Iain Maloney ( Scotland )

~ “The waves burn bright ~
…How do people ever get used to being around guns?, I asked Ash… she’s American, she should know.

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Coming up:

April 10th: 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

 

January Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 5:41 am

January 2016 Open Reading Review

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “What do you want to be.” ~
What do you want to be does not deserve a one word answer.

~ “Yojijukugo” ~
Lose rhythm, problems compound.

~ “The Coroner” ~
Holding back tears, this girl seemed so much like my daughter.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )

~ “Memory of Tokie” ~
She was generous, peaceful, broadminded smily friend and she was smart.

~ “Nurses must smile all the time.” ~
Patients the nurses pay attention to most, are those who don’t have visitors and the doctors stop coming.

Naoka Shibata ( Japan )  -debut-

~ “Morning Relay” by Shuntaro Tanikawa~
On this earth, always somewhere, morning is starting.

Setsu Suzuki ( Japan )  -debut-

~ “Please don’t bundle me.” ~
Please don’t pin me down, like an insect in a specimen box.

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Coming up:

February 28th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
followed by a pot-luk dinner.
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

 

December 13, 2015

December Review

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

December 2015 Open Reading Review

Bringing to a close 2015, a busy year for the Nagoya Writes. Twelve Open Readings. Some meetings attracting as much as 11 presenters as well as a few guests. We can enjoy a crowd but that is not what makes a good ‘reading’. It is the mood that is created. It is the sparks that shine, when members bring to share what their imagination have been working on, alone at their table.

With each presentation, our writings can improve. We share to expose, rather than to impress. Feedback from listeners, lets us know what is clicking and what off beat. I have been to various Open Readings venues. Some are punctuated by readers that strive to impress with their shock and awe, then leave without a care for those who follow.

I am thankful we are a circle that supports and cares for each of our creations. We all have a chance to shine.

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Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Boku (Me)” ~
It is me on the inside who is not seeing anything at all

~ “Marui Senaka (Curved back)” ~

With no voices to break their quietness

~ “Soshiki no Renshu (Funeral Exercise)” by Kiyoko Ogawa ~
In order not to be upset / By the death of my parents / I have been practicing a funeral

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “The Doorman’s Holiday Nemesis” ~ Deliveries by Alina Dizik
Bring a white glove experiment to residents who are getting more boxes than ever.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Winter Haiku” ~
Dark calls then silence / Hundreds perched on high tree limbs / Funeral of crow.

~ “The Playboy” ~
I enjoyed the tug of morality and curiosity, that unique tension.

~ “In / Out” ~
Out really didn’t want to go out but because mother pulled his tail, Out had to go out to find In.

Isabelle Dunnet ( UK )

~ “Charcoal” ~
Only an idiot tells his form.

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Coming up:

January 24th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00 P.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

 

November 26, 2015

November Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 11:17 am

November 2015 Open Reading Review

Our gathering on warm day. No respectable November should be t-shirt warm.
Themes of drink , drink, culture and cats.

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Know Tea” ~
I wish I could describe camellia sinensis and its drink in a few words, but its complicated.

~ “Yojijukugo” ~
Creativity makes us human.

Hiroko Kajita ( Japan )

~ “Diary- Complaints” ~
My mouth said yes, but my heart was shrinking.

Fumiko Kodama ( Japan )

~ “Strange Dreams” ~
I am not sure if it is fiction or nonfiction because it is a story of my dream.

Yoko Kanai ( Japan )

~ “A Fixed Idea” ~
Randoseru is borrowed from the Dutch word ‘ramsel’ which means backpack.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Relying on Technology of Robots” ~
Robots is a solution for the labor shortage.

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “The Cat” by Yoko Sano ~
The cat never cries, for the cat, dying was no big thing.

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Coming up:

December 6th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
followed by a pot-luk dinner.
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

 

November 8, 2015

October Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 10:33 am

October 2015 Open Reading Review

With themes of love and death, disappoints and success
our gatherings bring life to our writings.

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Tammy Stone ( Canada )

~ “Amma Ashram” ~
I decided I just have to surrender to her desires because I have no clue what she wants.

~ “Four Wives” ~
The true self is the only thing that remains when all is gone.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Toothpick” ~
The more I sharpened / The smaller and more pointed it became

~ “Pencil Sharpner” ~
Abandoned scrapped words in a trash can / Are waving with a gentle breeze

~ “Collapse ~
The word that slipped from a soaring mountain
Is looking up the hight it cannot climb by stself

~ “Traffic Accident” ~
That was at the intersection of figure of speech

~ “Mountain Climbing” ~
Each time I breathed in and out / I told myself / That I was getting closer to the height

~ “Snow Flake” ~
With the word that I’d like to have tasted
Being stuck at the tip of my tongue
I could do nothing but standing there silently

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )

~ “Ban Magic” ~
It was the most dangerous place to be but the only place where he could learn to survive.

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “The End” ~
Which is easier starting things or ending things?

Hiroko Kajita ( Japan )

~ “Tattoo” ~
If he ( Trudeau ) wanted to enjoy a hot spring, what would happen?

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “The Golden Arm” ~
I saw my husband’s face, his closed eyes seemed to look at me, daring me but I was past caring.

Fumiko Kodama ( Japan )

~ “Relics Returned” ~
People told how their lives have been effected by bad luck ( after taking relics from Pompeii ).

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Nobel Prize” ~
Our research wouldn’t come true if it weren’t for team work.

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Coming up:

November 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 corner of the block facing a bigger street,
next to “Haruru” Cafe.)

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

October 10, 2015

September Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 9:09 am

September 2015 Open Reading Review

Our literary gathering circle is thriving.  The warmth of sharing creativity.

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Tammy Stone ( Canada )

~ “Formation: Five Rupee Poems” ~
Why not reach for the sounds the body knows; how to laugh and cry with?

Yoko Kanai ( Japan )

~ “4200 Kilos” ~
If people remain themselves…they will be in nature and feel everything.

Fumiko Kodama ( Japan )

~ “Three choices related to one’s destiny.” ~
You can’t run away from the room but must stay all your life.

Yasuko Hatano ( Japan )

~ “When I was most beautiful” by Noriko Ibaragi ~
When I was most beautiful, I was the most unhappy.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Experience” ~
The more failure people have the better the task is.

Hiroko Kajita ( Japan )

~ “Canned Lion” ~
I became an evening mist, Reo thought in a haze.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )

~ “Free Flow” ~
I became abnormally interested in snake bites.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Yommoji Jukugo ( Four Kanji Poem” ~
Antelope created cheetah speed

~ “Cycle from Himeji” ~
Two things will happen in travel;
you will meet new people,
you will mess up then see how long it takes to recover.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )

~ “Introduction” ~
Action driven, don’t tell it, show it.

~ “Darwin’s Dragon” ~
He played in the shadows because the shadows were safe.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Me” ~
Coming to the same walls again and again

~ “Smoking Lessons” by Yoko Isaka ~
Women have clung to their lovers, saying “Don’t throw me away” —

~ “Island” by Rin Ishigaki ~
it’s impossible to really know this island
impossible too,
to stay here.

~ “Three Fish” by Rin Ishigaki ~
If there’s anything / more right than this /
said the fish, / rising to the water’s surface //
name it.

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Coming up:

October 25th: 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

 

September 13, 2015

August Review

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

August 2015 Open Reading Review

The end of summer brings our thoughts together again.

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Blind Eye” ~
Dad, every time you get feisty, your beeper starts making wide swings on the heart monitor graph machine.

~ “Artist Statement” ~
To be satisfied with my abilities but also by my imperfections that are revealed in my work.

~ “It is not okay to just start talking to people you don’t know. – The Onion” ~
You comfort zone is there for a reason, … so you can stay comfortable.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Olympics” ~
I hope the government shouldn’t waver about its decisions and stick to the first plan.

Isabelle Dunnett ( UK )

~ “Charcoal” ~
People who’s locks are too clean, would always be surprised when they are picked.

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “Stay Cat” ~
Can you imagine what a change from a dirty thrown away cat, that has gradually regained her health is a lucky cat?

Yoko Kanai ( Japan )

~ “I Love to Read Detective Mystery” ~
I wonder why humans can’t build a nice country.

Fumiko Kodama ( Japan )

~ “A Volunteer for Natural Disaster Damage Control” ~
Like a pot-luk party, we bring our own food to learn about each other’s culture.

Hiroko Kajita ( Japan )  -Debut-

~ “Pakistan Medical Students” ~
The Pakistan government has decided to limit the number of female students for medical studies.

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Coming up:

September 27th: 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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Thanks for all the notices letting me know you will join.

Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

July 18, 2015

July Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:47 pm

July 2015 Open Reading Review

I awoke to the morning of the Open Reading to a handful of notes of no shows from members who I have been looking forward to hearing in their latest writings. Then a few notes spoke of coming.  I hoped this meeting would go well and it did.  Sharing thoughts brings out more thoughts that focus on further thoughts.  That is what these Readings are for.

Word Power: There is more freedom in fiction as you don’t have to worry about others concerns for the truth.

 

Yoko Kanai ( Japan )

~ “Films” ~
I found that watching films are more fun than making films.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Thumb Cut” ~
My view of the main act of the drama was blocked, which made me feel as if I was playing a supporting role to my hand.

~ “Puns” ~
No one knew she had a false tooth until it came out in a conversation.

Tokie Takahashi ( Japan )

~ “Ikiru (What should I say)” ~ by Ara Ryokan
In the demon’s eyes, everything is a reflection of the demon’s heart.

Kristin Nishimura ( Canada )

~ “Life Cycle of a Frog” ~
Alcohol, it can make you king of the world or the lowliest slug on the lily pad.

 

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Coming up:

August 30th: 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

 

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

 

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