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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Win tickets to see the Tokyo String Quartet

Everyone knows haikus, but do you know what a tanka is?

Write one for us and you could win a double pass to see the grand masters of the string quartet, Tokyo String Quartet, in their Australian farewell tour.

After more than 40 years the undisputed grand masters of the string quartet are bidding a graceful farewell. Playing a famous collection of Stradivarius instruments, their last concerts in Australia will include some of the pieces which cemented their stellar reputation.
Join Classic Breakfast this week for your chance to see the Tokyo String Quartet on their farewell tour during May/June.
We have three double passes to win for each city on the national tour. For your chance to win, we'd like you to try your hand at the oldest and most popular form of poetry in Japan, tanka. Your tanka must include the word "Tokyo". Good luck!
Tanka is a Japanese poem consisting of five lines, the first and third of which have five syllables and the others seven. Traditionally tanka has had no concept of rhyme. For example:
Beautiful mountains
Rivers with cold, cold water.
White cold snow on rocks
Trees over the place with frost
White sparkly snow everywhere.


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