You’ve Mistaken Me For A Butterfly – Performances

A performance poem reflecting on Okin, a Japanese woman who was caught up in a court case in 1898, when two white men were accused of sexually assaulting her. The events took place near Butterfly, an outback mining town in Western Australia.Collaboration with composer / musician Terumi Narushima.


You’ve Mistaken Me For A Butterfly script with forward by Vera Mackie.

Revising ‘Us and Them’ by Melissa Miles and Robin Gerster as part of Pacific Exposures: Photography and the Australia-Japan Relationship published by ANU Press

About Okin, Mayu Kanamori’s process blog.

Watch excerpt on YouTube:

Performance History:

Sex in the City, curated by Jenevieve Chang, Customs House Library, Sydney, NSW April 2018

Poetry on the Move – Boundary Crossings: A Festival of Poetry, presented by International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra. September 2017 at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT.

IAS Public performance, presented by the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS), University of Western Australia (UWA). September 2017 at the Callaway Music Auditorium, UWA, Crawley, WA.

Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia at University of Wollongong June 2017

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