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Dear H-Japan Members,

On Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 7:00 PM EST The Japan Society of Boston in collaboration with Stone Bridge Press will be hosting a FREE online event in celebration of the 50th annversary of Donald Richie's The Inland Sea.

The Inland Sea (1971), the poetic travelogue by Donald Richie, detailing several months in the late 1960s he spent voyaging amongst the islands and coastal towns of the 瀬戸内海, Japan's inland sea which separates Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu, has become an enduring classic for many people. Last month was the 50th Anniversary of the first publication of this famous book that is often considered the finest book on Japan ever written.

Join us in a conversation between writer, editor, lecturer, and author Roland Kelts and translator, filmmaker, and scholar John Nathan, moderated by Peter Grilli, President Emeritus of the Japan Society of Boston, and learn why The Inland Sea is very often the most memorable book one reads about Japan.


About the Speakers:

Roland Nozomu Kelts is a Japanese American writer, editor, lecturer, and the author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US. He writes about   contemporary Japan for publications in the US, Japan, Europe and Canada, and is a frequent commentator on Japan for CNN, the BBC and NPR. A contributing editor of MONKEY: New Writing from Japan

John Weil Nathan is an American translator, writer, filmmaker and scholar.  His translations from Japanese into English include works of Yukio Mishima,  Kenzaburo Oe, Kobo Abe and Natsume Soseki. He is also an Emmy Award-winning producer, writer and director of many films about Japanese culture and society. He is currently the Takashima Professor of Japanese Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  

Peter Grilli first encountered Japan in 1947 at the age of five, and has lived there off and on for nearly half his life as a student, observer, writer, filmmaker, administrator and participant in Japan-U.S. cultural interactions. He was President of the Japan Society of Boston from 2000 to 2014.

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