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


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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 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 Toronto poet, novelist, playwright, essayist, historian, musician, and composer, with numerous publications to his credit. Five of his plays have received mainstage production. For his writing, music and community volunteerism, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His recent published works include The Game of 100 Ghosts (Mawenzi House, 2014), Nishga Girl: a Tale of Love and Friendship (HpF Press, 2017), and The Three Pleasures (Anvil Press, 2017). His upcoming poetry collection, The Four Sufferings (Mawenzi House) and novel, The Mysterious Dreams of the Dead (Anvil Press) will be released in 2020.

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"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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