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

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

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

For catering purposes, please RSVP by Wednesday 14 August.

The event is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, ANU Visual Arts Foundation, the Japan Institute and the Drill Hall Gallery.