AUTHORS ON ASIA John Nathan: Living Carelessly in Tokyo & Elsewhere

March 31, 2008
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John Nathan arrived in Tokyo fresh out of college in 1961. By the middle of the next decade, he had translated work by Yukio Mishima and become a lifelong friend and translator to Kenzaburo Oe. During the next half century, he became friends with many of the most gifted people in the land–politicians and business leaders, artists, novelists, directors and vaudeville comedians–and was privileged to travel inside domains of Japanese life not normally open to foreigners. Along the way, he became widely recognized as a translator, author and documentary film maker. Mr. Nathan, Takashima Professor of Japanese Cultural Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, draws on his unique and intimate experience in Japan to bring the postwar era vibrantly to life.

Thomas Hare, William Sauter LaPorte ’28 Professor in Regional Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University will moderate.

Followed by a reception and book signing.

Tickets: $10/$8 Japan Society members, $5 seniors & students.  Purchase tickets online above or call the Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm.

  • Monday, March 31, 2008
  • 6:30 pm