After a very popular event in its inaugural year, Japan Now returns to the British Library with a packed day exploring the literature and culture of this fascinating country, with a range of artists, writers and translators. Alex Kerr, author of the acclaimed book, Lost Japan, reflects on the Japanese landscape and sense of place, alongside Takero Shimazaki, a Japanese architect based in the UK.
We celebrate a range of newly published fiction in English translation, with brilliant writers, including Hiromi Kawakami, author of Strange Weather In Tokyo, Masatsugu Ono and Tomoka Shibasaki reading and discussing their work. We also celebrate the work of the translator, through the Keshiki series, eight chapbooks which are newly published for the Japan Now event.
One of Japan’s exciting new generation of filmmakers Momoko Ando, will discuss global influences on her practice, alongside celebrated novelist Yoko Tawada, who joins us from Berlin.
This is an unmissable opportunity to take the pulse of the nation through its artists and their imagination, and to get books signed at the event.
25 February 2017
from 11.00am to 5.00pm
Knowledge Centre The British Library 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB
Please visit the British Library website for full details and to book tickets: https://www.bl.uk/events/japan-now-25-feb-2017-1100
Programmed by Modern Culture in partnership with the Japan Foundation and Writers’ Centre Norwich and supported by Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, the Nippon Foundation and the Japan Society.