2020年に発足した日本の新しいナショナルポエトリースラム「KOTOBA Slam Japan」



2020 saw the passing of the national poetry slam torch to KOTOBA Slam Japan,

and now KOTOBA is kicking off a new internationally-oriented, online open mic event!





We welcome performances in all languages.

It can be poetry, a song you sing and rock some music to, or whatever language-based performance you like. The events will be hosted in both Japanese and in English. 



不定期土曜日日本時間21時から、 毎回世界各国からスペシャルゲストを迎え、Zoomでの開催。 開催の模様はYouTubeLiveでも同時に配信されます。 (次回開催日程はイベントの最後にアナウンスされます)

The event will be held on irregular Saturdays at 9 pm Japan time on Zoom, with special guests from around the world each time, and it will also be stream on YouTube The next date will be announced at the end of the event.




Performance time will be 4 minutes per person. 



Due to the many KSJ tournaments coming up, we will not have an open mic due to scheduling conflictsin October and November. 

Thank you for your understanding.


次回は、日本時間 2023年3月11日(土)21時~ Zoom で開催します。



The next event will be held on Zoom, 2023. Mar.11th at 9pm Japan time(UTC +9).

Entry starts at 9pm Japan time(UTC +9) on Feb.25th, exactly 2 weeks before the event.


Please fill out and submit the form from the entry button at the bottom of the page.










日本にはほとんど 存在していませんでした。

Recently, the surge in the number of open mic events held in cities all around the world has also brought more opportunities to meet amazing performers from many countries.

Sometimes in Japan, the language barrier keeps us from hosting and participating in more internationally diverse open mics like those often hosted elsewhere around the world. 

Conversely, that same language barrier has made it hard for those from outside with a keen interest in the in the verbal performance scene in Japan to participate in local events.

At present, though Zoom has become the standard platform for open mics, theres still very few events of that type that held in Japan. 



Creating a Flagship open mic for Tokyo, and for Japan as globally connected 



司会進行チームに迎え、 日本在住のアメリカ人で大学で比較言語学を教える翻訳家、

KOTOBA Slam Japan 運営代表の一人、Jordan A.Y Smith のサポートのもと


It may not be the pinnacle of linguistic perfection, but our team of Japanese performance poets who are all trying their damnedest to study English in earnest, and with support by Jordan A. Y. Smith, an American professor of comparative literature and translation resident in Japan and co-founder of KOTOBA Slam Japan, were all going to give hosting these events our most valiant efforts.



日本には素晴らしい表現者がたくさんいます。 彼らのパフォーマンスを世界中のたくさんの人に観て、

聴いて頂き、 私たち日本人も、世界中の皆さんの素晴らしいパフォーマンスに触れる機会を得て、その交流が生まれたらとても嬉しいです。

Were eager to welcome both poets from around Japan and from all over the world. Japan has some incredibly talented language performers.

We hope our friends around the world will enjoy the chance to hear them do their thing just as were thrilled about getting the chance to experience your performances and get to know you.




Please feel free to perform in any language you feel comfortable in. If youre studying Japanese and you want to test your linguistic chops on the mic – be our guest! Whether its for study or practice, the mic is truly open and yours for free experimentation. 




エントリーの流れ  How to Enter





Click the link below and enter the requested information.

Youll receive an email with the list of participants.

The first 15 entries received will be able to participate.




When an entry bracket fills up, well inform you here. 


YouTubeチャンネル「KOTOBA Slam Japan」より リアルタイムで生配信されますので、


If youd like to tune in and enjoy without participating as a performer, youre free to join us on our YouTube channel KOTOBA Slam Japan,” streaming live. 



そのほか何かご質問がございましたら こちらまでお気軽にご連絡ください。

If you have any questions, feel free to hit us up with an old school email at !



Looking forward to receiving entries from all over this planet!