Volume 11: General submissions of poetry welcome, as always, centered on the Tokyo/Japan axes (those who live here, write here, traveled here, research or write on Tokyo/Japan stuff). Let's do some poetry, Tokyo. We welcome interviews, articles, essays, book reviews, and art – email us to discuss beforehand!


Book: Arabic-Japanese Transpoetics – contributions that highlight the relationships between Japan and Arabic language poetry are welcome. 

Volume 12: Contemporary Japanese poets in translation volume. Please send translations or inquiries. We are also interested to hear from translators who would like to contribute and are open to suggestions about which poets or poems we'd like to see (people like Stephen Snyder and Ginny Tapley Takemori fall into this category ☺️ wink wink -- bring us your heat!!).  

Excursions volume coming February 2022:

ToPoJo: Black Diaspora Edition, guest edited by Biankah Bailey and Marcellus Nealy. More info here:

























General Submissions Guidelines: 

MS Word (.docx) files in twelve-point, Times New Roman font with one-inch margins all around and smart quotes please. Other fonts accepted, but we may have to work with you on formatting for final drafts; for any texts where formatting is important, include PDF as well as Word file. Include author name in the file name (e.g. "Barbara_Summerhawk - TPJ Poems.docx").

Be sure to submit a bio/profile of 100-150 words for poet/author(s) and translator, if applicable.
Email submissions are preferred. Please send them to
Submissions should be in English, or in Japanese with English translation. Bilingual or multilingual texts also considered. Authors/translators responsible for securing copyright permission.


Please note: we feature poems with some connection to Tokyo/Japan at the textual or authorial level. Not so in to poems about cherry blossoms, etc. Exceptions apply.
You may also send submissions and subscription requests by snail mail to:
Tokyo Poetry Journal
c/o Jeffrey Johnson
English Department
Daito Bunka University
Iwadono 560 Higashimatsuyama-shi
Saitama-ken 355-8501 Japan

We generally take some time to respond. We are poets, and we are volunteers.