The Game of 100 Ghosts

By Terry Watada

The Game of 100 Ghosts
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Inspired by an old Japanese parlour game of the Edo period (1603-1868), The Game of 100 Ghosts is a lyrical tribute to the poet?s friends and relations who recently departed their lives. In the game, participants gather in the dark at night and sit around 100 lit candles. Each ... Read more


Overview

Inspired by an old Japanese parlour game of the Edo period (1603-1868), The Game of 100 Ghosts is a lyrical tribute to the poet?s friends and relations who recently departed their lives. In the game, participants gather in the dark at night and sit around 100 lit candles. Each player tells a ghost story, after which a candle is snuffed out. The last candle ends the spiritual evocation, which the participants hope will summon a supernatural being. This wonderful collection then evokes the spirits of lost friends and relations while paying tribute to a tradition.

Terry Watada

Terry Watada is a poet (with four published titles), a playwright (with seven plays produced), a short story writer (with a published collection), a children's book writer (two titles), a historian (two titles), and writer of two manga. He has also edited several anthologies. His first novel, The Blood of Foxes, was published in 2007. He looks forward to holding The Three Pleasures, his second novel, in his hands. Mr. Watada lives in Toronto.

Reviews

"Watada?s Game of 100 Ghosts serves as a conceptual framework for a collection of poems in which the spirits of lost and long-gone family and friends are fondly evoked. These lyrical poems are an affirmation of absent persons who have already become part of Watada?s version of Japanese Canadian life. But it?s not all sweetness and light. In the best tradition of lyric poetry, the dark side, the deeply painful and broodingly personal side gets exposed, too."-- National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC), The Bulletin"For Terry, applause and gratitude, because he has held the people in his mind and his heart, and because he gave them back to us." --Joy Kogawa, author of Obasan   

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