Tanka Workshop #2
Our Tanka Workshop was held in the Poughkeepsie Galleria Community Room on July 23, right in the middle of a heat wave in this season of severe climate change.
We have been holding this workshop for 13 years now and of course, the participants have also grown older over that time. Our main priority is making sure that everyone enjoys themselves while also taking care of their health.
For this workshop, I challenged everyone with the theme “waves”. There are several ways this could be expressed, including through phrases and idioms like heat waves and radio waves, and to describe the ups and downs of life. Since this theme is familiar to us both physically and psychologically, everyone seemed to be able to write about it with ease. After the workshop, we had a lively “Tea Chat Party” where we talked about everyone’s recent updates. I hope to continue this workshop with the support of the participants’ passion for tanka.
Chikako Mori, Tanka Instructor