Nagoya Writes

November 16, 2016

October Review

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

October 2016 Open Reading Review

Halloween Eve Open Reading.

It was a good turn out for our October Open Reading. Seeing old and new faces.
Adding our thought together. No two meetings are ever the same.

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Ernest Schaal ( USA )

~ “Boo” ~
Getting apples ruined Halloween for me.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Voice Recorder” ~
Even in those weathering wrecks, we want something to be discovered.

~ “Journey of a Paper Bag” ~
It felt lonely since there was nothing inside itself.

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

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Gold Teeth” ~
Smiling rarely, but when he did, it made me angry to see all that wasted precious metal, sparkle.

~ “Yojijukugo ( 4 words )” ~
Anticipating pain, reduces pain.

Masako Izumi ( Japan )

~ “Get Up Late in the Morning” ~
In my head my words are circulating.

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Coming up:

November 20th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.

Location: Space Sakura, near Shinsakae station.

Map to the venue: Please 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 2, 2016

September Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:44 pm

September 2016 Open Reading Review

Triple feature day for the Nagoya Writes.

In the early afternoon. Shoichi, Bam and I presented some of our works at the Aichi
Vision 2016 Music and Arts Festival.  Thanks to Joe Sichi and staff for inviting us,
spreading the word to a wider audience.

Later in the afternoon we were joined by Hidemi and Steve for our Open Reading.

In the evening, we were invited to a Vietnamese dinner party of lemongrass curry.
A day to remember.

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “The Refrigerator” ~
The old refrigerator, with the loose of its electric charge, had become … junk,
much like a husband who had been laid off from the factory he had worked for his whole career.

~ “Carelessness” ~
This feeling of being, is entwined with imagination.

~ “Yomnoji-jukugo” ~
Smell senses one’s lifespan.

Stephen Dunn ( UK )

~ “The Final Decision” ~
The endless vigil at old and deserted sites, hoping to see things that never would appear.

Bertram Mullin ( USA )

~ “Bullet to the Brain” by Tobais Wolff ~
In the end it will do its work and leave the troubled skull behind, dragging its comet’s tail
of memory and hope and talent and love into the marble hall of commerce.

~ “Poetry of the Dangerous Classes” ~
15 minutes, that’s why people take pictures of themselves rather than butterflies these days.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )

~ “Each Day has a Title” ~
Today I remembered, I will celebrate my anniversary alone at Starbucks with a cake.

~ “The Race grows Sweeter near its Final Love” ~
I could slow down and let him beat him, then be condensing and resentful.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Hole in the Wall” ~
I visited there in the dark of the night and it was so cheap but the house shook when
someone walked up the stairs.

~ “Signals” ~
I see signals here and there, is that what they call reality?.

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Coming up:

October 30th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
Marunouchi Cafe near subway Marunouchi station exit #4

Space Sakura, near Shinsakae station.  (Pleae note that the venue has been changed.)

Map to the venue: Please 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

 

September 13, 2016

August Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 6:15 am

August 2016 Open Reading Review

Hot humid days of mid August. Many of our members are out exploring, to find adventure before returning to work.
A few of us gathered to share our thoughts, then return to the heat of the long days of summer.

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Wabi-sabi” ~
Nothing lasts, nothing is finished, nothing is perfect, that is where the beauty lies.

~ “Dream” ~
Why is my mind trying to make me believe I lived in a place that never existed.

~ “Joke: The temple’s tradition.” ~
If we don’t come to a solution, people will argue about the tradition.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Abekobe Words” ~
The scope of secrecy is even secret.

~ “Beach” ~
The shoes they wore everyday were worn out repeatedly.

~ “Toronagashi” by Kiyoko Ogawa ~
Those who take to the oars in a small boat on the dark river coexist, just a while,
With those who left individually before.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Zenogiyasu” ~
Fate gives me something special but I must give back fate something special.

Shun Ikeda ( Japan )

~ “The Long and Winding Road” by Paul McCartney ~
Why leave me standing here, let me know the way.

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Coming up:

September 25th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00 P.M.
Location: Space Sakura, Shin-Sakae

Map to the venue: Please 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 2, 2016

June Review

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June 2016 Open Reading Review

For June we were at a new venue.  Near Tsukiguchi Station in the library of a ‘share house’.  It was pouring outside.

Very happy on the good turnout and variety of works presented adding various flavors to our creative plate.  Happy to have Joe join us after many years but also sad to lose Isabelle who will be moving to new adventures in Vietnam.

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Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “What they say about Trump” ~
He has a tenacity to sprinkle lies so heavily that truth loses all taste.

~ “Dog Whistle ~
Scream,”Their taking your freedom”, and then watch as the American goes into shock.

~ “Riverlands” ~
It will be dangerous, some never return, but trust in the three forces of nature and they will stay by you, bringing you there and back with the great sea turtle.

Bertram Mullin ( USA )

~ “Unexpected” ~
Why is it taking you so long for you to die fatty, she said as she pointed her camera phone at him.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Two under the tree” ~ a poem from ‘Chieko’ by Kohtaroh Takamura ~
I burn quietly holding your hand…

Stephen Dunn ( UK )

~ “Levels” ~
The person sleeping in the bed was not her mother, it was a man.

Joe Sichi ( USA )

~ “Unglued” ~
You are going to get better and we are going to walk right out of here.

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Coming up:

August 21st: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
Location: Space Sakura, Shin-Sakae

Map to the venue: Please 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

 

May 28, 2016

May Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 9:23 am

May 2016 Open Reading Review

This month the Open Reading had a better turnout. Crowded?
No, just right for giving each work time for a read, a discussion and helpful suggestions for improving.

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Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Adam’s Apple” ~
The bone was the last one I picked up from my father at the crematory,
and that one got stuck in my throat.

~ “Utraman” by Katsumi Sugawara ~
A child has only a future as I only have a past.

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “Reflections of a Mirror” ~
Watch carefully without watching.

Hidemi Ohba ( Japan )

~ “Forces of Nature” ~
Sounds reassuring yet haunting at the same time.

Bertram Mullin ( USA )

~ “Words Writers overuse: in poetic lexicographical form” ~
Smart ass, smile, smirk, soft, same, somewhat so.

~ “Zeta” ~
shivering skin, tingling nerves, an excess twist.

Yu Kawamura ( Japan )

~ “Final Fantasy Five” ~
Emptiness banished to other dimensions.

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Coming up:

June 19th: Sunday
Open Reading: from 3:00 ~ 5:00P.M.
Near subway Tsukijiguchi station

Map to the venue: Please see our Facebook Group page.

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

May 14, 2016

April Review

Filed under: Open Reading Minutes — show1miyamura @ 9:43 am

April 2016 Open Reading Review

The Nagoya Writes goes back several decades. A literary, English speaking circle, that give writers a chance to express their work in a supportive surrounding.  It has waxed and waned in its many years.  Some come often for a period of time, then move on.  New voices join with new views and styles.  The Nagoya Writes flexes with the times.  Last year was a good run.  Often with a full room of writers joining in.  This year, there is change with some key members having moved on.  I hope we can wax once again.  I have talked with new arrivals and look forward to their contributions.  If you have not attended for a long time or feel shy about joining a new group, I encourage you to join in.  We need your efforts, your writings and your voices to make the Nagoya Writes vibrant.

Readings:

Albert Sussler ( USA )

~ “The Mirror” ~
Momotaro… is not a story of friendship, its a story about a rich warrior bribing
a poor dog, monkey and pheasant with food to fight for him.

~ “Yojijukugo” ~
Best apology, change behavior.

Shoichi Miyamura ( Japan )

~ “Things I usually do” ~
Not to be able to remember the nam of an important person, though I can
remember trifling matters about the person.

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Coming up:

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

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Help to spread the word.

Albert

 

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

 

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