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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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Tag Archive for: Japanese writers

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.
.
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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