Poetry Comes to Museum LX


Activity Curator

Wang Yin


Hu Xudong


Takahashi Mutsuo

Meet the Poetry of Takahashi Mutsuo

Poet: Takahashi Mutso
Planner: Wang Yin
Host: Hu Xudong
Interpreter: Tian Yuan
Date: 14:30-16:30 Fri. September 13, 2019
Venue: Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum
Location: Xinyefang 3, Wenshui Road 210, Jing’an District

Poetry will meet you eventually, some hid between the lines, some in the language (Shuntaro Tanikawa).
Poetry makes everyone stay—poets, artists, and listeners—exploring the infinite possibilities in imagination (Beidao).

The 60th Poetry Comes to Museum once again invites Takahashi Mutsuo, the prominent influencing Japanese poet. Takahashi Mutsuo is so influencing that Yukio Mishima and Shuntaro Tanikawa, two Japanese modern literature master both wrote preface for his poerty. Through his works, Mutsuo alleviates the “intense relation” between Japanese contemporary poems and traditional poems, which seem to be taking a position of standoff, proceeding attempts between traditional and modern ones, and thus he provides new possibilities for Japanese literature. His poems are wise and prudent, with certain sense of tragedy, standing out in the post-war Japan Literature.

About the Poet


Takahashi Mutsuo (1937~) is a Japanese contemporary poet, writer and criticizer. He was born in the southern island of Kyushu, and graduated from Literature Department of Fukuoka University of Education. Mutsuo has started to write since his early years, and published his first collection of poems Minotaur, My Ox at the age of 21, which collects contemporary poems he wrote from 14 to 21. Later, he published 36 poem collections, 10 haiku collections, 3 novels, 4 plays, and over 30 proses and criticisms, some of which have been translated and published in USA, UK, Ireland, etc. In 2000, for his contribution to literature and various field, he was awarded Medal with Purple Ribbon. Other prizes he received include Yomiuri Prize, Jun Takami Prize, Ayukawa Nobuo Prize, etc. In 2017, he was selected as the academician by Japan Art Academy, and honored with the Culture Contribution Award.

About the Host

Hu XuDong

A poet, scholar, translator. Studied at Peking University from 1991-2002, and currently teaching at School of Foreign Language, Peking University.

About the Planner

Wang Yin

A poet, writer, photographer. Planner of “Poetry Comes to Museum.” Authored poetry collection Poetry of Wang Yin, Lime Light, etc. Winner of Jiang Nan Poetry Prize, Dong Dang Zi Poetry Award. His works have been published in more than 10 languages oversea.

About the Interpreter

Tian Yuan

Tian Yuan is a poet, doctor of Japanese Literature, and translator. He is now a professor of Josai International University. He has authored five poetry collections, including Selected Poetry of Tian Yuan, Dream Snake, etc. His works are published in English, Korean, and Mongolian, and also translated into more than 10 languages, including English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish, Arabian, Finnish, and Portuguese, etc.