Wago Ryoichi

  • Born 1968 in Fukushima, Japan.
  • Based in Fukushima, Japan.

Wago Ryoichi is a poet. His accolades include the Nakahara Chūya Prize (1999), the Bansui Prize (2006), the Hagiwara Sakutaro Award (2019), and many more.

In 2011, following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, Wago used Twitter to publish the serial poem Pebbles of Poetry from Fukushima. In May of the same year, he was invited to read his work at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, one of the three largest concert halls in the world. His poem Pebbles of Poetry was published in French translation and won the foreign-language poetry category of the inaugural Prix de Poesie de la Revue Nunc in France in 2017, making Wago the first Japanese poet to win a major award in France. At present, Wago is preparing a new volume of his translated poetry.

His poetry readings—nicknamed “Samurai Readings”—have earned Wago high international acclaim.

Wago also writes for choral music, operas and dramas. He has previously taken part in art events such as Yamagata Biennale 2016 (Japan).

  • Installation view of Wago Ryoichi Solo Exhibition, We have not slept in an apple yet, Maebashi City Museum of Literature, Gunma, Japan
  • Photo: Kigure Shinya, Courtesy of Maebashi City Museum of Literature