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IJA launches Japanese Book Club | Join today!

We are delighted to announce the launch of the IJA Japanese Book Club! Our purpose is to create a vibrant community of book lovers who share a passion for Japanese literature, culture, philosophy, business, history, and more.
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We are dedicated to exploring a diverse range of books each month, engaging in thoughtful discussions, expanding our knowledge, and fostering friendships among members. What’s more, we won’t limit ourselves to just Japanese authors; we’ll also delve into the works of Irish authors with connections to Japan.
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With our official launch scheduled for September, we have conducted two trial runs with a small group of participants during the summer break. It was truly fascinating to see how different perspectives and insights emerge, even when reading the same book. We believe that sharing our reading experiences with others can deepen our understanding and appreciation of literature.
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Wouldn’t you like to be a part of this exciting literary journey with us? Whether you’re a seasoned reader or just starting to explore the world of books, our book club welcomes everyone. Together, we’ll embark on a fascinating exploration of Japanese literature and beyond.
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HOW TO REGISTER
Please let us know if you are interested in joining our book club and send us an email to: info@ija.ie. We look forward to having you as a fellow book enthusiast and a valued member of our growing community. Open to the IJA members only.
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More details about the first club meeting and book of the month:
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Off The Page: Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation

International Literature Festival Dublin is delighted to welcome Nobel Prize winning writer Kazuo Ishiguro for an online talk to mark the publication of Klara and the Sun, his first novel since receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017.

Date: Friday, 12th March 2021
Time: 7.30 PM

Note: Tickets are priced at €25* which includes a ticket to the event and a signed hardback copy of Klara and the Sun.  If you wish to only buy a ticket for €8, please input the coupon code KLARA before purchasing your ticket. You will find this under “click to book ticket” on the top right of your screen. *Free postage within Ireland.

Klara and the Sun tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, watching the humans in the store where she’s based and those on the street outside. Remaining hopeful a customer will one day choose her, Klara is warned not to invest too much in the promises of humans.

Ishiguro’s work, which includes the Booker-winning The Remains of the Day and the dystopian novel Never Let Me Go, has been translated into over fifty languages. Klara and the Sun highlights his uncanny ability to speak to the here and now, from an imaginative perspective that is all his own. Join this event to hear this exceptional writer in conversation with Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations, and to put your questions to him during the event.

Kazuo Ishiguro is a Japanese-British novelist, screenwriter and short-story writer. He was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1954 and moved to Britain at the age of five. His eight previous works of fiction have earned him many honors around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature and the Booker Prize. In 2017, the Swedish Academy awarded Ishiguro the Nobel Prize in Literature, describing him in its citation as a writer “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”. His work has been translated into over fifty languages, and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both made into acclaimed films, have each sold more than 2 million copies. He was given a knighthood in 2018 for Services to Literature. He also holds the decorations of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan.

Event is presented by International Literature Festival Dublin in association with Faber and Faber and Eason as retail partner.

ILFDublin Writer In Residence Tomoka Shibasaki with Polly Barton

Ireland’s premier literary event – International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFDublin) – is taking place from 17th – 26th May, gathering the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke, delight and enthral.

This year’s festival has an amazing line-up with the very best of Irish and international talent for you to meet at the readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performances and screenings across various venues.

Among other amazing events, we would like to highlight event and discussion with Tomoka Shibasaki  – Japanese writer in residence at ILFDublin 2019. From Osaka, Tomoka Shibasaki has won the Noma Literary New Face Prize and the Akutagawa Prize for ‘Spring Garden’, her first novel translated into English, which tells the story of Taro, a reclusive divorcee who is drawn into a strange relationship with the woman upstairs. The New York Times Book Review described ‘Spring Garden’ as, ‘Like a good meditation: quiet, surprising and deeply satisfying.’ Two of her works have been adapted for film.

Date: Thursday, 23 May 2019
Time: 6.15 p.m.
Venue: Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
Tickets: €8 – €10, available online here: https://ilfdublin.ticketsolve.com/shows/873602946

Tomoka Shibasaki will be in conversation with her translator, Polly Barton, recently shortlisted for the Fitzcarraldo Editions essay  prize for ‘Fifty Sounds’, a record of linguistic and cultural assimilation in Japan, where she lived for seven years and became a literary translator. She was the recipient of the 2016 Kyoko Selden International Translation Prize.

Together they discuss their work and map out the territory of contemporary Japanese literature. Chaired by Martin Colthorpe, Programme Director, ILFDublin.

Presented with the support of the EU Japan Fest Japan Committee.

Full list of ILFDublin 2019 events are available here!

 

Tag Archive for: Japanese literature

IJA Japanese Book Club

We are delighted to announce the launch of the IJA Japanese Book Club! Our purpose is to create a vibrant community of book lovers who share a passion for Japanese literature, culture, philosophy, business, history, and more.
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We are dedicated to exploring a diverse range of books each month, engaging in thoughtful discussions, expanding our knowledge, and fostering friendships among members. What’s more, we won’t limit ourselves to just Japanese authors; we’ll also delve into the works of Irish authors with connections to Japan.
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With our official launch scheduled for September, we have conducted two trial runs with a small group of participants during the summer break. It was truly fascinating to see how different perspectives and insights emerge, even when reading the same book. We believe that sharing our reading experiences with others can deepen our understanding and appreciation of literature.
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Wouldn’t you like to be a part of this exciting literary journey with us? Whether you’re a seasoned reader or just starting to explore the world of books, our book club welcomes everyone. Together, we’ll embark on a fascinating exploration of Japanese literature and beyond.
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HOW TO REGISTER
Please let us know if you are interested in joining our book club and send us an email to: info@ija.ie. We look forward to having you as a fellow book enthusiast and a valued member of our growing community. Open to the IJA members only.
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Meetings take place once a month and the date, time and Zoom link is shared with registered club members via email.

APRIL – JUNE 2024 BOOKLIST
Please find the book selection for April – June below!
We also will have our first in-person Book Club meeting in June featuring Irish author and poet Nell Regan.

APRIL 2024

Date: 18th April

Book of the month: The Samurai by Shusaku Endo

About the book: Endo’s “The Samurai,” set in the early 17th century, explores the complex interplay of faith, culture, and identity through a Japanese samurai’s diplomatic journey to the Vatican. Endo (1923-1996), a renowned Japanese author, adeptly navigates themes of belief, loyalty, and cultural confrontation, offering deep insights into the human condition. This historical novel not only reflects the historical tensions between Japan and the Western world but also delves into the personal struggles of its characters, highlighting Endo’s skill in portraying the nuances of spiritual and moral dilemmas. “The Samurai” stands out for its poignant exploration of the quest for understanding and the resilience of the human spirit across cultural divides.


MAY 2024

Date: 23th May

Book of the month: Klare and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

About the book: “Klara and the Sun” is a thought-provoking novel set in a dystopian future, focusing on Klara, an Artificial Friend designed to companion children. Through Klara’s experiences and observations, Ishiguro explores themes of love, consciousness, and the human condition, questioning the intersection of technology and emotion. The narrative delves into Klara’s attachment to her owner, Josie, and her quest to understand and navigate the complex world of human feelings and relationships. Ishiguro’s work is a poignant reflection on the ethical implications of AI and our future.


JUNE 2024

It is the first in-person Book Club meeting with an Irish author and poet Nell Regan as our guest speaker! 

Date: Saturday 22nd June 2024

Time: 2 – 4 PM

Venue: ElectroRoute HQ, 2 Cumberland Place, 3rd Floor, Fenian Street Dublin 2, D02 H0V5 – Google Maps

Book of the month: A Gap in the Clouds | Japanese 100 poets, translated by James Hadley and Nell Regan

Guest speaker: Nell Regan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Nell Regan:  Nell Regan is an award-winning poet, translator and non-fiction writer. She has published three collections of poetry and her biography Helena Molony A Radical Life 1883- 1967 ( Arlen House) was a 2017 Irish Independent Book of the Year. Among her awards are a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship, and Arts Council Literature Bursaries and she has been a Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley and a Fellow at the Iowa International Writers Programme. Her latest book is A Gap in the Clouds: A New Translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu with James Hadley (Dedalus Press, 2021)  She is currently working on a new collection How to Destroy A Memorial and her co-translation of the Irish language poetry of Micheál Mac Liammóir, Bláth agus Taibhse: Flower and Ghost will be published by Cló Iar Chonnacht. See also www.nellregan.com

About the book: “A Gap in the Clouds” is a contemporary translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, a revered 13th-century collection of Japanese poems. It brings the elegance and emotional depth of one hundred waka by one hundred poets to modern readers, capturing themes of love, nature, and the transience of life. This translation aims to make the ancient poems accessible, offering insights into traditional Japanese culture and aesthetics while maintaining their lyrical beauty. It serves as a bridge between past and present, inviting a global audience to appreciate the enduring relevance of these poetic works.


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Japanese Book Club | Meeting with poet and writer Nell Regan

**EVENT POSTPONED!** [updated on 21.06.2024]

We regret to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances, we have decided to postpone the June Book Club event to a later date. 
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We understand that many of you were eagerly anticipating this event on 22nd June, and will look at the options to reschedule the meeting with Nell Regan at a later date this year. 
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We sincerely apologize for the short notice and any inconvenience this may cause.
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IJA Japanese Book Club is inviting IJA members to join its first in-person Book Club meeting with Irish poet and writer Nell Regan as our guest speaker.

Date: Saturday 22nd June 2024
Time: 2 – 4 PM
Venue: ElectroRoute HQ, 2 Cumberland Place, 3rd Floor, Fenian Street Dublin 2, D02 H0V5 – Google Maps

Registration: This event is free but previous registration is required by Monday, 17th June by email: info@ija.ie or phone: 01-6787008.

Book of the month: A Gap in the Clouds | Japanese 100 poets, translated by James Hadley and Nell Regan.

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Event plan

2 PM – arrival & registration
2.15 PM – welcome words:

  • Tsugumi Yamamoto, IJA Vice-Chairperson
  • H.E. Mr. Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland

2.30 – 3 PM – conversation with Nell Regan about the book ‘百人一首 – 100 poems by 100 poets’, and her work translating it into English with James Hadley.
3 – 3.15 PM – sharing of the book’s contents, discussions, Q&A
3.15 – 4 PM – ‘百人一首’ Card game*, networking & refreshments from Gopan Bakery

* ‘百人一首’ Card game
It is a traditional Japanese card game and  involves two types of cards: Yomifuda (reading cards) and Torifuda (grabbing cards). The Yomifuda feature a full poem, while the Torifuda have only the second half of the poem. To play, one person reads out the poem from a Yomifuda card, and players compete to quickly identify and grab the corresponding Torifuda card with the matching second half of the poem. The objective is to collect as many cards as possible. The game is popular during New Year celebrations and is also played competitively, helping players improve their memory and reflexes while also exposing them to traditional Japanese poetry.

 


About Nell Regan

Nell Regan is an award winning poet, translator and non-fiction writer. She has published three collections of poetry and her biography Helena Molony A Radical Life 1883- 1967 ( Arlen House) was a 2017 Irish Independent Book of the Year. Among her awards are a Patrick and Katherine Kavaangh Fellowship, Arts Council Literature Bursaries and she  has been a Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley and a Fellow at the Iowa International Writers Programme. Her latest book is A Gap in the Clouds: A New Translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu with James Hadley (Dedalus Press, 2021)  She is currently working on a new collection How to Destroy A Memorial and her co-translation of the Irish language poetry of Micheál Mac Liammóir, Bláth agus Taibhse: Flower and Ghost will be published by Cló Iar Chonnacht. See also: www.nellregan.com

 

About the book

“A Gap in the Clouds” is a contemporary translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, a revered 13th-century collection of Japanese poems. It brings the elegance and emotional depth of one hundred waka by one hundred poets to modern readers, capturing themes of love, nature, and the transience of life. This translation aims to make the ancient poems accessible, offering insights into traditional Japanese culture and aesthetics while maintaining their lyrical beauty. It serves as a bridge between past and present, inviting a global audience to appreciate the enduring relevance of these poetic works.

You can find the book here:

 

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