JFNY NEWSLETTER | September 22, 2023

Upcoming & Current events

Book Talk Event: Yu Miri at Princeton University

October 5, 4:30-5:30pm

202 Jones, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)


Yu Miri, a writer known for Tokyo Ueno Station and a winner of National Book Award for Translated Literature, comes to Princeton University to talk about newly translated The End of August as well as her earlier works with Princeton University's scholars Atsuko Ueda and Ryo Morimoto. The talk session will be followed by audience Q&A and a book signing. The event is free and there's no registration needed.

This event is co-organized by Princeton University's Program in East Asian Studies and The Japan Foundation New York.



From Our Grantees

Mireya Solís, “Japan's Quiet Leadership: Reshaping the Indo-Pacific”

September 25, 12-1pm

Harvard University (1737 Cambridge St., CGIS Knafel Bldg., Bowie-Vernon Conference Room (K262)) and Online (Zoom)

Dr. Mireya Solís (Brookings Institution) will give a talk based on her new book, “Japan's Quiet Leadership: Reshaping the Indo-Pacific." Her talk will be followed by a conversation and Q&A moderated by Dr. Christina Davis (Harvard University).   


Japan-North Korea Relations

September 28, 6am ET (7pm JST)


Dr. Ryo Hinata-Yamaguchi, an expert in Indo-Pacific security issues and North Korean military affairs, will share his research about the political relationship between Japan and North Korea.


Keynote: Keito Gaku interviewed by Justin Hall

September 30

Columbus College of Art & Design (Columbus, OH)

A comics festival, Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) presents a talk event with renowned mangaka Keito Gaku and queer comics icon Justin Hall. Gaku is known for his debut manga Boys Run the Riot, which is about a transgender teen finding an escape from the expectations and anxieties of his daily life in the world of street fashion. The title was nominated for Best Manga at The Harvey Awards in 2021. This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.


Of Spirits and Monsters (Brooklyn Book Festival)

October 1, 3:30pm

St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church (New York, NY)

From the peripheries of death, in a Taiwanese village, occupied Korea, and a decaying Mexican estate, come stories of lives marginalized by sexual orientation and class, and devastated by war and grief. In Kevin Chen‘s Ghost Town (translated by Darryl Sterk) and by Yu Miri'The End of August (translated by Morgan Giles), the dead tell and reveal many tales, whereas in Gerardo Sámano Córdova‘s Monstrilio, the dead comes back to life, to horrifying effect. Moderated by Jeremy Tiang, novelist, translator, and playwright.This event is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.


An Introduction to Sake

October 2, 9pm ET (October 3, 10am JST)


Louie Anne Batac-Nguyen, Sake Scholar and Certified Sake Sommelier, will discuss sake ingredients, sake culture as a reflection of traditional and modern values, etiquette, and exciting trends.


Panel, “Peace and Security in Asia: A Perspective from the UN”

October 2

Harvard University (1737 Cambridge St., CGIS Knafel Bldg., Bowie-Vernon Conference Room (K262)) and Online (Zoom)

Mr. Peter Due (United Nations) and Prof. Daisaku Higashi (Harvard University/Sophia University) will speak based on their experiences at the UN. The panel will be followed by a conversation and Q&A moderated by Dr. Christina Davis (Harvard University).  


Current Opportunities

[Call for Applications] 2024 SSRC-JFNY Japan Global Workshop

Deadline: October 2, 2023 (Monday); 11:59PM (Eastern Time) U.S.

Join the SSRC-JFNY Japan Global Workshop on "Alternative Economies for a Sustainable Future" in Claremont, California from January 9-12, 2024. This workshop supports policy-relevant research with a comparative perspective focused on Japan. Open to North American applicants within ten years of their last degree.


[Call for Applications] Cultivating Early Career Networks Between Global Asias and Japan Studies

Deadline: October 27, 2023

The Japan Foundation, New York teamed up with the Global Asias Initiative (GAI) at Pennsylvania State University and launched a new project to cultivate early career networks in Japan and the U.S. between Global Asias and Japanese Studies program.



2023 Japan Village Summer Festival

August 26

Brooklyn, NY

The 3rd annual Japan Village Summer festival was held on August 26 in Brooklyn, New York. This year, the festival invited Morioka City Government from Japan as a special guest. At the event, Morioka City carried out a Morioka Tourism Promotion.

On the day of the event, they gave demonstrations and contests of the local traditional performing art “Morioka Sansa Odori.” Additionally, the famous “Wanko Soba Eating Contest,” a specialty of Morioka, held to showcase the city’s culinary culture.


From Our Friends

The Way of Washi Tales

Chronicling the beautiful and moving story of Recycling: Washi Tales, a theatrical performance first conceived in 2009 by American theater maker, Elise Thoron, and Japanese paper artist, Ibe Kyoko, this engrossing book tells the story of a collaboration across cultures as the authors reflect on how profoundly a simple natural material – washi – has shaped Japanese culture and influenced the trajectory of their lives.


For inquiries, please contact: NY_info@jpf.go.jp

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For the Brooklyn Book Festival poster, ©Oliver Jeffers