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Event Album: TANKA Workshop #1: 03/25/2017
Event Note

 On this early Spring day, we held our workshop at the Mori’s. I am pleased to mention that more members are participating since started eight years ago in April 2010 and everyone seems having enthusiasm in writing own impression into Tanka-poem. It’s one of the great ways of enjoying stress-free life. At the same time, you could respect as well as appreciate beautiful Japanese language, though it is understandably difficult to compose properly, and you would find such many benefits. I am extremely proud to inform that one of our members received best award at the NY Haiku competition sponsored by Itoen, and it is absolutely encouraging for me as an instructor knowing members are enjoying life in different ways.
This year’s goal is that each would submit up to eight (8) poems including original and at least two Tanka composition based on the designated subject. The reason we decided to limit the subscription count to 8 is that, besides saving cost of printing, it is to practice to select your own work after review and edit yourself. It also helps you focus on the certain subject. It turned out everyone had submitted impressive poems and the 2 hours seemed passed quicker than ever as the atmosphere of today’s workshop was truly filled with high enthusiasm. Let’s keep up with the energy for the future workshop.
Chikako Mori
Tanka Instructor
(translated by ms)
 早春の候、春の短歌ワークショップがインストラクターの森宅で開催されました。2010年�4月からスタートしたこのワークショップも今年で8年目となり、メンバーも増え、皆さんそれぞれ自分の感動を流れる様に詠いつつ楽しまれていられるのは、とても嬉しい事です。短歌に携わる事で人生をエンジョイしつつ心身共に生き生きと過ごせるのは素晴らしいでしょう。かつ又、美しい日本語を敬い楽しむ事もでき(もちろん短歌制作に四苦八苦される事も含め)、一石三鳥ぐらいになりますね。メンバーの方が伊藤園主催のNY俳句大会でグランプリを受賞されたとのグッド・ニューズを知るにつけても、皆さんそれぞれの方法で人生を楽しまれていられる、インストラクターとしても励みになります。 今年のワークショップは歌題を設け、それに添って2首以上の短歌とオリジナル短歌の合計8首までの投稿としました。投稿短歌数を8首までとしたのはプリント代節約もありますが、自分の短歌選出の練習にもなります。歌題を設けたのも良い練習になるからであり、その証拠に皆さんとても感動深い短歌を制作され、今回のワークショップは以前にもまして白熱、2時間がとても短く感じられました。これからも楽しめる短歌ワークショップへと共に情熱を注いで行きましょう! 森 千佳子記 
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