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Japan Society Book Club: Tokyo Ueno Station by Miri Yu

9 March — 7:00 pm


Monday 9 March 2020 7.00pm

The Japan Society
13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace
London NW1 4QP

Free for Japan Society Members
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Tokyo Ueno Station follows Kazu – the main protagonist as he reflects on his tough, hardscrabble life involving numerous tragic incidents. Consequently Kazu is driven into poverty and homelessness, specifically residing in a tent within Ueno Park as a ghostly, haunting figure. Yu Miri attempts to break the common picturesque perception of the Ueno district (park in particular) as she reveals and gives voice to the rife poverty.

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Yu Miri, born in 1968, is an award winning Zainichi novelist and playwright. Originally involved in the theatre industry, she eventually moved onto prose writing and debuted with her controversial semiautobiographical novel Ishi ni Oyogu Sakana or ‘Fish Swimming in the Stone’ in 1974. However due to issues of rights over privacy, the original novel’s publication was blocked and forcefully revised to be released again in 2002. Despite fighting against the legal affairs and backlash, she continued to create – hosting a weekly radio show after moving to Fukushima (following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami) as well as publishing Tokyo Ueno Station in 2014.

To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email events@japansociety.org.uk or submit the online booking form.

 

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