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23RD WORLD CONGRESS OF POETS IN OSAKA, JAPAN, MARCH 2014

THE ENTERTAINMENT

Many poets gave rave reviews about this being the Congress with the best entertainment. Thank you to all who offered a look into classical Japan and an international view of cultural poetry, music, art and dance.

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Our program opened with a concert of violin and flute duet.

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While waiting for the banquet room to open for our Welcome Party, Rex Valentine played the piano in the lobby while poets enjoyed an impromptu sing-a-long.

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Yoriko Niiya joined Rex and the singing poets on her violin.

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Our Welcome Dinner show began with the exquisite Sakura Dancers, Shiraume Hanayagi, Umeenka Hanayagi and Umetsukiji Hanayagi performing traditional dances of Japan.

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Each of the Sacura Dancers was very graceful and beautiful.

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Sonoko Yasumo was marvelous with her dance.

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Another impromptu event of cultural entertainment was when Dr. Kenneth Kuanling Fan of China had the audience members bring various pieces of his artwork to the front in a parade of poetic art as part of his talk on poetic oil painting. The art parade grew into a photo op that include nearly the entire audience.

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What a surprise at the end of the second evening to have the poetry stage taken over by sword wealding samuris Shinsaku Tokumaru and Tadahiko Yamashita.

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The scenario for their act was a lovelorn samuri fighting for his sweetheart. He sang the poetry of the saga between sword battles.

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In the Yamamoto Noh Theater, Yuriko Ono gave a breathtaking performance on the Biwa, a tute type instrument in the shape of a Japanese loquat. It has 5 strings.

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Uwe Walter played the shakuhachi flute in the style of Komuso, a mendicant Zen priest of the Fuke sect. He then receited this poem, “On Japan; a Whale.”

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Le Pham Le performed the sung poetry of Viet Nam–both historical and her own new creations.

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Many poets read at the Noh Theater, including Naoshi Koriyama.

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Shakespearean expert, Ron Shafer, was unexpectedly asked to recite a specific part of a Shakesperean play. He hesitated, chuckled, stood up and recited classical Shakespear in the Noh Theater for a truely international experience.

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Our final banquet was a dress-up affair with magnificently presented tables of delicious delicacies artistically displayed.

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President Gil gave a few words as a farewell to a Congress well done.

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Natica and Richard Angilly opened the entertainment after dinner as The Poet and The Dancer.

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“The Dance of the Goddess,” by Suparna Ghosh was read by Richard Angilly during performance.. It was a 2012 Grand Prize Winner in the Dancing Poetry Contest.

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Poets Nancy Merritt, Wanda Ingmire and Arthur Levinson set down their pens and donned their dancing costumes for this gala final dinner performance.

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The dancers from the island of Amami, near Guam,was our final act with lively drumming and exciting cultural dance.