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Word from Asia: Contemporary Writing from Japan

by Rachel Rosado
2 May 2011

April 30, 2011 - Asia Society hosted a variety of Japanese and American writers
and poets on Saturday for Word from
Asia: Contemporary Writing From Japan
, a part of PEN World Voices.

The program was broken into two panels, the first a
conversation between novelists Hiromi
and Rebecca Brown.
Their conversation explored their various influences, and realism and
surrealism in their work. The second panel featured Joshua Beckman and Minoru
, two poets who have been influenced by haiku, particularly the work
of Basho.

Both panels highlighted the fact that despite growing up in
different parts of the world, speaking different languages, many writers have a
undeniable shared essence. The panels were moderated by Motoyuki Shibata, professor of American literature and literary
translation at the University
of Tokyo.