A seminar on Japanese literature is being held at the Vietnam Social Science Institute in Hanoi from September 16 to 19.
On the seminar’s first day, Japanese Prof. Mitsuyoshi Numano introduced the history and characteristics of Japanese literature from ancient times to the 21st century.
He also reviewed a number of Japanese novelists and poets in modern times, from Soseki Natsume (1867 to 1916) to Haruki Murakami (born 1949 and best known for ‘Kafka on the Shore’) and the post-Murakami generation.
The seminars on Japanese Literature, part of Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2009, will visit Hue, Da Nang and HCM City between September 20 and 28.
Prof. Numano and Vietnamese scholars will discuss Japanese and Vietnamese literature, as well as world literature, at seminars in Hanoi and HCM City.
The series of lectures and discussions will give Vietnamese researchers, critics, writers, students and general readers a better understanding of the uniqueness and significance of modern Japanese literature.
Co-organizers include the Japan Foundation Center for Cultural Exchange in Vietnam; Hanoi Institute of Literature, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences; the Center of Japanese Studies of University of Social Sciences and Humanity, National University-HCMC; and the universities of Hue and Da Nang.
Organizers hope that the event will promote cultural exchanges in literature research and tighten the relationship between Vietnam and Japan.