October 01, 2019

Join Talks on Contemporary Japanese Literature with Ginny Takemori

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  • In partnership with the Philippine Center of International PEN and Fully Booked, The Japan Foundation Manila announced a series of talks with award-winning Japanese literary translator Ginny Tapley Takemori on contemporary Japanese literature.

    The first talk is happening on October 3, 2019 at the 85th PEN International Congress Manila in National Museum of Fine Arts, Manila, while the second is on October 5 at The Studio, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street.

    Ginny Takemori

    Takemori has translated more than a dozen works from early modern and contemporary Japanese writers, with some from authors Kyoka Izumi, Kido Okamoto, Ryu Murakami, and Miyuki Miyabe. Her translations have also appeared in Words Without Borders, Granta, and a number of anthologies.

    Takemori was also shortlisted for the Marsh Award for her translation of Tomiko Inui’s The Secret of the Blue Glass.

    Additionally, her translation of the Akutagawa price-winning novel Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata was one of the New Yorker’s best books of 2018, Foyle’s Book of the Year 2018, shortlisted for the Indies Choice Award, and longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award.

    Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman

    Last February, her translation of Kyoko Nakajima’s Naoki prize-winning novel The Little House was published.

    Takemori, along with other international writers and translators, will be part of a panel with the theme Words Crossing Worlds: Translation/Transliteration during the 85th PEN International Congress in Manila.

    It’s taking place on October 3 at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Auditorium of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Manila.

    Takemori will also have another talk titled Bridging Worlds: Conversations on translating Contemporary Japanese Literature with Ginny Takemori, moderated by Filipino author Jessica Zafra. Catch it on October 5, 2 p.m., at The Studio, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street.

    Registration begins at 1 p.m. and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Takemori and Zafra will be discussing Sayaka Murata’s Convenience Store Woman, specifically the process of translation, the current trend of women writers in Japan, and other contemporary Japanese works.


    What: Talks on Contemporary Japanese Literature with Ginny Takemori

    • October 3 at The Auditorium of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Padre Burgos Ave., Ermita, Manila
    • October 5 at The Studio at Fully Booked, Bonifacio High Street, BGC, Taguig City


    • October 3 at 11 a.m. – Auditorium of the National Museum of Fine Arts
    • October 5 at 2 p.m. – The Studio, Fully Booked Bonifacio High Street

    Ticket Information: Admission to both events are free. However, those interested in joining the session at BGC are asked to pre-register onsite.
    Website: jfmo.org.ph

    Source: The Japan Foundation Manila

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