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Bilingual lecture and demonstration: Japanese Classical Poetry Card Game

Date: Monday, April 18, 2011
Time: 02:10 PM
- 04:00 PM

Location: Room 587, Humanities building

Cost: Free (Donations welcome)

Sponsor: Japanese Program, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, College of Humanities

Contact: Midori McKeon

Phone: (415) 338-1346

The College of Humanities, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and the Japanese Program are pleased to present an extremely rare cultural event: "Your Once-in-a-lifetime Hyakunin isshu (Japanese Classical Poetry Card Game): Bilingual Lecture, Demonstration, and Participatory Games with Female Champions from Japan." Accompanied by an official poetry reciter, two past queens (female champions) will visit SFSU for this event. One of the queens won the title for 4 consecutive years, and the other was awarded the title of "Life-time-Queen" for her distinguished achievement of winning as many as 8 consecutive years. Monday, April 18, 2011 2:10 p.m. b 4:00 p.m. HUM 587 2:10 - 3:00: Introduction, Lecture on Hyakunin Isshu with bilingual PowerPoint slides, followed by a special demonstration game by the two queens. 3:00 - 4:00: Volunteers from the audience will join the games and collectively challenge the queens. Q & A and informal socializing with the queens will conclude the event. This event is admission free and open to the campus community and the general public. Cash donations for Japan's disaster relief would be most appreciated. At the event site, if you would like, please fill in a form and place your donation and the form in a provided envelope. Your donations in individually sealed envelopes will be presented to the Eastern Japan Disaster Relief Committee of the Hokka Nichi Bei Kai (The Japanese American Soociation of Northern California), which will send 100% of all donations directly to the government offices of afflicted prefectures: Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima. All donors will receive documents for tax deduction from the Hokka Nichi Bei Kai. The (Ogura) Hyakunin Isshu (100 Poets, One Poem Each) is Japanbs most famous and beloved anthology of traditional short poems of 31 syllables selected by Fujiwara no Teika (1162-1241). The anthology features 100 poets, one poem each, spanning the time period from the 7th century to the 13th century. This enormously popular anthology later developed into a card game, where the players identify the card on which the last half of a poem is written when only the first half of the poem is read aloud by a reciter. In such a game, the speed of finding the right card is the essence. In modern times, the Hyakunin Isshu games are not only played privately with friends and families but also publicly in sport-like competitions. National tournaments annually produce one male champion (the Meijin) and one female champion (the Queen). The final battle is fought between the Meijin and the Queen to determine Japanbs #1 Hyakunin Isshu player of the year. Come join us to witness how fast the queens identify the right cards. Cards fly as soon as the reciter pronounces the first syllable or two! For further information, please contact Midori McKeon, Professor of Japanese


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