Poetry Book Launch of Noriko Tanaka’s Tanka Anthology Darkness - Fire - Sutra

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.



the sound of water colours the darkness of the night


on the stairway of space and time


this noble temple - that distant realm

through the thin veil

torches burn bright


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 AugustRegister now.

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.


Other related events:

16 August, 12 – 1 pm Floor Talk: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn, Chaitanya Sambrani & Jackie Menzies

16 August to 13 October Exhibition: Savanhdary Vongpoothorn: All that arises


Friday 30 August, 5:30 – 7:30 pm August Friends’ Night with guests Chaitanya Sambrani, Rebecca Blake and exhibiting artist Savanhdary Vongpoothorn

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