The Georgia Straight proudly sponsors poet and theatre artist Soramaru Takayama at the Powell Street Festival

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      Nagano-born, Vancouver-based poet Soramaru Takayama doesn't have any difficulty navigating through the cultural worlds of Japan and Canada.

      He's been featured in a Japanese TV commercial and appeared in a short documentary film about Japanese nationals living abroad. Sora, as he's often called, has also studied Japanese theatre movements.

      Here in Canada, he's written a book of poetry, Tsuki To Buranko, and hosts an annual event, Japanese Poets North of the 49th, which is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

      Sora was also commissioned to create and perform a poem at the 110th anniversary of the Vancouver Japanese Language School.

      And at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, the bicultural Sora will deliver a free theatrical literary performance at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street).

      Expect more than a few laughs as his short dramas resonate with audience members from a wide variety of backgrounds.

      Sora's show is part of the 42nd annual Powell Street Festival, which offers a multitude of free events at Oppenheimer Park and other venues in Vancouver's historic Japantown.

      The festival, which celebrates Japanese arts and culture, runs from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the B.C. Day weekend on August 4 and 5.

      You can let your friends know you plan on attending through the festival's Facebook page.

      For more information and a schedule of events, visit the Powell Street Festival website.

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