Poetry Book Launch - Norika Tanaka's Tanka Anthology Darkness- Fire-Sutra

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The ANU Japan Institute cordially invites you to the Poetry Book Launch of Noriko Tanaka’s Tanka Anthology Darkness Fire – Sutra introduced by Dr Carol Hayes, Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Studies, Australian National University followed by artists Savanhdary Vongpoothorn and Noriko Tanaka in conversation on their collaboration Footsteps to the Nigatsu-do.

Darkness – Fire – Sutra
Bilingual Tanka Poetry Collection by Noriko Tanaka

Translated by Carol Hayes and Noriko Tanaka

This poetry collection was born of the joint art installation project by visual-artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn and poet-calligrapher Noriko Tanka.

It includes the tanka that forms part of their work "Footsteps to the Nigatsu-Do".

Giving voice to the spirit of the ‘omizutori’ ceremony held each year at Tōdai-ji’s Nigatsu-dō, Tanaka’s tanka evokes the long darkness of winter, the flames of the torches, the chanting of the monks – giving voice to the space between the human world and the world of the eleven-faced Kannon of the Nigatsu-dō.


夜の底の拓かれてゆく水音や時空の階に無のときがある

the sound of water colours the darkness of the night

nothingness

on the stairway of space and time


大寺の薄き帳の向こう側遠き世の火が燃えてゐるなり

this noble temple - that distant realm

through the thin veil

torches burn bright


The launch will include an introduction to the joint art installation and the poetry anthology.

Noriko Tanaka will read from her work with Carol Hayes reading the English version.

The event will include a “talk” to the artists and will conclude with nibbles and drinks.

The event is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, ANU Visual Arts Foundation, the Japan Institute and the Drill Hall Gallery.

For catering purposes, please RSVP by Wednesday 14 August.

Image: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn with Noriko Tanaka "Footsteps to the Nigatsu-Do" 2017-2019 (details), Sumi (Japanese ink), gold ink and acrylic on Fukunishi washi paper, 170 x 1780 cm. Courtesy of the artists. Photography: Brenton McGeachie.

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