This Sunday presents a unique opportunity to hear some finely crafted poetry and sample some fine craft beers!
Let’s start with the BEER first, shall we? This Sunday (16th May) the first ever CRAFT BEER FESTA in Kyoto will be held at Shimpukan (that is the large red bricked building opposite Karasuma/Sanjo Starbucks – here is a map). There will be over twenty top Japanese breweries represented.
It opens at 11am and finishes 8pm, but be warned that they may finish earlier if they run out of food and beer. Beers are are 300 yen by the glass and 500 yen by the bottle. Original glasses and other goods will also be on sale so please bring your own “eco-bag” if you think you might buy some or take a few bottles home. If food and Thanks to Tadg Mc Loughlin for putting me onto this. Incidentally, if you can’t make it to this event, you can always try Tadg’s pub instead. Formerly named Mc Loughlin’s, but now simply Tadg’s, they have ten new craft beers on tap. Every night’s a craft beer festa at Tadg’s! Click here for more info on Tadg’s and for directions.
Also on Sunday 16th May – MORE POETRY from the Japan International Poetry Society. American poet, teacher and activist MS. JENNIFER WALLACE will be reading from her new manuscript From A Far-Off Country and will give a short presentation on ecopoetics. Works of A.R. Ammons, George Oppen, Adrienne Rich, Daphne Marlatt, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Gary Synder and others will also be discussed.
Jennifer Wallace teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and is a poetry editor at The Cortland Review. She has worked as an urban planner, naturalist and environmental educator, and as a writer and editor for travel magazines, literary journals, educational films and textbooks. In 2005 she founded, with three other poets, toadlily press, a small poetry press; their first book, desire path, was published in May, 2005. Her poems appear in numerous literary journals and most recently in the anthology, Beloved on the Earth: 150 Poems of Grief and Gratitude (Holy Cow! Press). You can read her poem Hibiscus here and see a video of her reading her poem “Prelude” here.
Time: 13:00~16:00 (All being well the Beer Festa should last till 20:00, so you could well enjoy both events. I intend to.)
Admission: 1000 yen
Place: Campus Plaza Kyoto, 2nd Floor, Conference Room #2
Directions: Campus Plaza is 5-minutes away from JR Kyoto Station. Go out of the station to the north and turn left. Walk into the street between the Kyoto Station Building and the Kyoto Central Post Office. You can see BIC Camera on your left. Across the street is Campus Plaza Kyoto. Here is a map.
Read more at the JIPS site here.