The Japan Society
Events Past Events

Past Events

ARCHIVED ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: How do you live? by Genzaburo Yoshino

Monday 9 May 2022 / 7:00pm
ONLINE EVENT - Japan Society Book Club: How do you live? by Genzaburo Yoshino

Monday 9 May 2022
7.00pm (BST)
For countries outside the UK, please use this calculator to check the time in your region.

Booking Details
Online event
Free for Japan Society Members

Book available from AbeBooksAmazon and Book Depository 
Japanese version available here

Book online here

The activities of the Japan Society are made possible thanks to the support of its members. This event is free of charge and open to all. We realise that this is a difficult time for many people. However, if you are planning to attend and do not have a membership subscription as an individual or through your employer, please consider making a donation. You can find details of membership and how to join the Japan Society community here.

How Do You Live? was first published in 1937. It follows the story of Copper, a fifteen year-old boy struggling to deal with the inevitable change that came with his father’s death, and his uncle, who writes to him sharing knowledge and offering advice. Published in English for the first time, this tale of philosophical discovery, widely considered as a classic of Japanese literature, is sure to leave a lasting impression. This work will be adapted into film by Hayao Miyazaki, award-winning animator and director of films such as Spirited Away. Translated by Bruno Navasky.

Genzaburo Yoshino (1899-1981) was a writer, editor, and journalist. After beginning working at a university library, he was arrested for helping arrange a communist meeting. As he was unable to return to that position upon being released, he became editor of a sixteen-book series, having written one of the entries: How do you Live?

If you have any questions, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email

Booking Info

  • You should receive an automated email from the Japan Society to let you know that your booking request has been registered. Please note that your booking is pending while we check your details and you will receive a further email once your booking is confirmed.

  • For online events, we will send you the zoom links and details to attend the event closer to the date.

  • If you don't receive any confirmation emails or links, please check your spam folder or email