Join us on Thurs., May 11th 7 – 9:00 pm
7 – 8:00 performance
8 – 9:00 pm Q&A, book signing, refreshments
Vancouver Japanese Hall, 487 Alexander Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1C6

Adults: $15 (available on
Students 18 and under: no charge.
VJLS-JH Members: $10
Limited seating, first come first serve.

In an innovative “poem within a poem” format, this literary event commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the internment, dispossession and dispersal of Japanese Canadians. Joy Kogawa, recipient of the Order of Canada and Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, best known for her award-winning novel Obasan, partners with an up-and-coming Japanese poet Soramaru Takayama. Joy performs her own poems, one from “Obasan,” the other from “Gently to Nagasaki,” within an original dramatic poetry monologue created by Soramaru. The poetry will guide you on a pilgrimage through Joy’s memories. After the performance there will be an opportunity to talk to Joy Kogawa. This is a treasured opportunity to hear the story of internment from a Canadian literary giant.

Host partners: Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall; Tasai Artist Collective; Historic Joy Kogawa House Society
Venue partner: Japanese Hall
Community partners: Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre; Powell Street Festival Society; Tonari Gumi; Historic Joy Kogawa House Society; ExplorASIAN.