The Japan Foundation E-mail Magazine Vol. 310

■■ The Recipients of the Japan Foundation Awards 2017 are announced ■■

Dear readers,

We now have entered autumn season, with cooler and quieter evenings. Autumn is said to be the best season to read books in Japan. In Tokyo, there are variety of bookstores and secondhand bookshops. Kanda/Jimbocho in Tokyo is a famous area full of old books with 176 shops, and each shop deals with specialized subjects, from space science to house keeping, from medicine to fortune telling, from religious icons to pop idols. Some shops sell English language books and others have a good collection of Ukiyoe and other types of prints.
You will surely find something interesting while strolling around the streets.
If you are interested in translating literature, please check out our 'Worth Sharing' section in which you can find a list of Japanese books recommended for translation.

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[The Recipients of the Japan Foundation Awards 2017 are announced]
Alexandra Munroe (Senior Curator, Asian Art, and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Frederik L. Schodt (Writer, translator, and interpreter), Andrej Bekes (Emeritus Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Ljubljana) have received the Awards.

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◇Forty Years of Introducing Japanese Manga Culture to North America
The Japan International MANGA Award, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, recognizes manga artists who have made a contribution to the spread of manga culture overseas.
The Japan Foundation hosted a lecture by Frederik L. Schodt, one of the leading translators of Japanese manga, and one of the recipients of the Japan Foundation Awards 2017. He was invited to the 10th awards ceremony for the MANGA Award held on February 6, 2017.

◇Damage to Cultural Heritage from the 2016 Ecuador Earthquake: Museums and the Understanding of Cultural Diversity
The Japan Foundation dispatched Professor Shuichi Odaira of Tokai University and a specialist in the archaeology of the Andes from September 2 through 15, 2016, to survey the damage caused to cultural heritage from the earthquake in Ecuador that occurred on April 16, 2016.


▼△▼△Library Information ▼△▼△

◇List of new books

-The Japan Foundation Library
-The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Urawa
-The Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai

For more details of the library:


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Worth Sharing―A Selection of Japanese Books Recommended for Translation is the list of recommendable good books for translation that we compiled annually.

Shometsu [Vanishing Point] Author: Riku Onda

Ozu Yasuhisa has returned to Japan from an overseas business trip and is waiting to go through immigration when an emergency siren starts blaring. This is followed by a major communication network failure that leaves him unable to use his smartphone.
Airport security starts conducting unusually tough immigration procedures.As an immense typhoon approaches, everyone feels anxious over whether they will be able to return home before transportation grinds to a halt.
Suddenly Benjamin Lee Scott appears. The founder of the famous website GoToHellLeaks has been put on a nationwide wanted list in the United States.
An immigration officer stops Scott for questioning, and Ozu himself is taken to another room. The authorities have learned that a major terrorist attack has been planned and that one of 10 passengers, including three women, is actually a terrorist. They are shut in a room together. A robot in the form of a woman called Kathryn watches over and looks after them. Distrustful, they begin to sound each other out, attempting to discover who the terrorist is. As Kathryn takes them to another room to sleep at night, a middle-aged woman named Ichikawa Kyoko attempts to dash away, and the story takes a sudden turn.
Since her debut Rokubanme no Sayoko [The Sixth Sayoko], Onda has written many works crossing genre boundaries. This novel depicts characters in various walks of life-including an engineer, an office worker, a policeman, a doctor, and an academic-trapped in an airport over the course of a day’s events, bringing the diversity of contemporary society into relief. It also incorporates observations and concerns regarding artificial intelligence within its literary expression, hinting at the weakness of social systems based on advanced technologies.

For more details:

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▼△▼△Japanese Film Screenings Overseas in September 2017▼△▼△

Retrospective of IMAMURA Shohei (Korea)
Japanese Film Festival (China)
Japanese Film Festival 2017 (New Zealand)
Japanese Film Festival (Canada)
13th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series (U.S.A.)
Festival de Cine Japones 2017 (El Salvador)
Japanese Film Presentation in the three principle cities of Ecuador (Ecuador)
Food Cinema (Germany)
Retrospective of NARUSE Mikio (Belgium)
AniMatsuri 2017 - Japan Month (Estonia)
Japanese Film Week (Jordan)

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Vol.310   9/12/2017
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