The Japan Foundation, New York recently launched the JFNY Literary Series. For this new talk series, organizers will invite notable writers in Japanese literature and their translators to discuss their work, speak on the art of translation, and touch upon the current literary scene in Japan.
For the inaugural session, Yu Miri and her translator Morgan Giles are the featured guests. Yu’s novel Tokyo Ueno Station, which was translated by Giles, won the 2020 National Book Award for Translated Literature. Moderator Dr. Stephen Snyder, interpreter Bethan Jones, and curator Allison Markin Powell from the collective “Strong Women Soft Power” joined them for an interesting conversation. Miri and Giles read an excerpt of the book in Japanese and English, respectively, and they entertained questions that members of the audience submitted prior to the recording.
The event is now available to watch on JFNY’s YouTube channel! Watch the event here:
Up Next for the JFNY Literary Series
The next session will feature Sayaka Murata and her translator Ginny Tapley Takemori. Murata is an Akutagawa Prize-winning writer and the author of Convenience Store Woman and Earthlings, both of which were translated by Takemori. JFNY invites questions for the guests to be submitted via this online form by Monday, February 15 at 5:00 p.m. EST. JFNY will announce more details about this session on its website.
About the Japan Foundation
Established in 1972, the Japan Foundation is Japan’s only institution dedicated to carrying out comprehensive and effective international cultural exchange programs throughout the world. The Japan Foundation activities focus on three major categories: Arts and Cultural Exchange, Japanese Studies, and Japanese-Language Education.
Arts and Cultural Exchange
The Japan Foundation provides funding and exchange opportunities for individuals and institutions across the spectrum of artistic and cultural disciplines. The organization supports and initiates cross-cultural programs and events, including exhibitions, film screenings, and festivals.
The Japan Foundation seeks to deepen the understanding of Japan and to promote Japanese Studies through several institutional grant programs and fellowship opportunities. These programs offer support to institutions, researchers, and graduate students.
The Japan Foundation cultivates an appreciation for and understanding of Japan and its people through Japanese-language education around the world. Programs have been developed to support teachers, students, and educational organizations in the United States.
For more information about the Japan Foundation, please visit its website.