Deborah P. Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo's "Asakusa" and "Meiji Jingu "


Deborah P Kolodji, a haiku poet from Southern California, and Mariko Kitakubo, a tanka poet from Tokyo, started writing haiku-tanka sequences during the pandemic when they were both unable to travel to poetry readings, conferences, and events. To date, they have written 20 sequences.


Mariko Kitakubo has published six books of tanka including three bilingual ones, “On This Same Star,” “Cicada Forest,” and “INDIGO.” Mariko is an experienced performer who has presented her poetry on at least 234 occasions, 177 of them overseas, in 51 different cities on 5 different continents. She hopes to encourage more poetry lovers worldwide to appreciate and practice tanka. 


Deborah P Kolodji is the California Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. Her first full-length book of haiku and senryu, "highway of sleeping towns," won a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award from the Haiku Foundation. Her recent e-chapbook, “tug of a black hole,” is available as a free download from Title IX Press (Now Moth Orchid Press) at



by Deborah P Kolodji and Mariko Kitakubo


tourists pose

by the thunder gate



cherry petals

were dancing

at Senso-ji

together in the photo

us with incense smoke


red-faced in the wind

of a spring day

paper lantern


a couple

of nion watches us

since we visited

sweet rain

of Asakusa


my last package

of Matcha sweet treats

empty suit cases


am I


happy liveliness

from that April

pale blue sky


© 2022 Deborah P Kolodji & Mariko Kitakubo


Meiji Jingu  

   by Deborah P Kolodji & Mariko Kitakubo



sun on the water

an egret meditates

in the shrine garden




shining circles

around us

like waterfowl,

our thankful prayer



I write my heart

too soon for irises

in the inner garden



the leaf

looks like a sword ...


please don't bring us

another war



crossing the bridge

I am lost

in the forest


how many Torii

did I go thorough?


the next gate

will be welcoming

© 2022 Deborah P Kolodji & Mariko Kitakubo


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