The Japan Foundation E-mail Magazine Vol. 312

■■Film Director Ryota Nakano talks with Naoyuki Sato in commemoration of the screening of "Her Love Boils Bathwater" at the Japanese Film Festival in the Philippines■■

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◇Film Director Ryota Nakano talks with Naoyuki Sato in commemoration of the screening of "Her Love Boils Bathwater" at the Japanese Film Festival in the Philippines
Film director Ryota Nakano, famed for his 2016 film "Her Love Boils Bathwater", visited the Philippines at the invitation of the Japan Foundation, Manila. Immediately after returning to Japan he met for the very first time with "Satonao" or Naoyuki Sato to talk about his experiences during the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) in the Philippines, its impact, and the significance of introducing Japanese films to an overseas audience.

◇Pascal Rambert and Theatre de Gennevilliers: Driving Forces behind Theatrical Exchange between Japan and France
Pascal Rambert is one of the most prominent modern French stage directors and playwrights. Based on his personal relationship of trust with Japanese playwright Oriza Hirata, Theatre de Gennevilliers (T2G), where Rambert served as director from 2007 through the end of 2016, realized numerous joint projects with Komaba Agora Theater, and has become one of the major hubs of contemporary theatrical exchange between Japan and France.

◇Experience "Skill in the Pursuit of Beauty" at Bonsai Exhibitions (Wabi-Sabi Bonsai World 4)
Bonsai Master Mori Takahiro talks aboutleaf pruning, an effective method to grow more branches.

◇How to Appreciate Bonsai (Wabi-Sabi Bonsai World 5)
Takahiro Mori shares tips on how to enjoy Bonsai.


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

◇Yamaneko domu [Wildcat Dome] Author: Tsushima Yuko

The protagonists of this novel are Mitch and Kazu, children resulting from shortlived liaisons between Japanese women and American servicemen after World War II. Never knowing their parents, they grow up in an orphanage under the care of a woman known as Mama, who has made it her mission to take in abandoned children. When a girl named Miki drowns in a pond, Mitch and Kazu suspect that a boy who lives near the orphanage may have pushed her in. Years later, they are haunted by news reports about a string of murders that take place over the course of several years, all involving young women who were wearing orange when they were killed. Miki, too, was wearing an orange skirt at the time of the accident. Is there a connection between these cases and Miki's death?
The mysterious setup of the plot is deepened by the unique, dizzying structure of the narrative, in which the characters take turns narrating the story in a rotating monologue. At the heart of this maelstrom lies a damning criticism of modern Japan and its tendency to bury memories, from the tragic lessons of World War II to the nuclear accident in Fukushima.
Tsushima's depiction of the discrimination faced by these mixed-race orphans treated like “wildcats” casts a harsh light on the distortions of Japanese society.
Written in the long shadow of the March 2011 triple disaster, Yamaneko domu is a fresh and searing masterpiece of resistance literature.

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

Repertory Cinema 2017-Akira Kurosawa (Hong Kong)
2017 Japanese Film Festival - Classics (Australia)
Japanese Film Festival (Canada)
13th Annual Japan Foundation Film Series (U.S.A.)
Masaki Kobayashi Retrospective (Argentina)
Japanese Film Presentation in the three principle cities of Ecuador (Ecuador)
Japanese Film Event for Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Cooperative Guyana and Japan (Guyana)
Mostra de Cinema Japones 2017 (Brazil)
Japanese Film Week (Brazil)
Comedy Cinema (Italy)
“Living in the Nature” (Spain)
Food Cinema (Germany)
Retrospective of Mikio Naruse (Belgium)
12th Japan Film Festival (Armenia)
Japanese Film Screening (Bulgaria)
Japan Film Festival (Kuwait)


▼△▼△Library Information ▼△▼△

◇List of new books

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

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◇JF E-mail Magazine would like to hear your comments and suggestions.

Vol.312   10/17/2017
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