‘Japan Now’ & ‘Japan Now North’

February 21, 2018 – March 3, 2018 all-day
The British Library

Japan Now 2018Japan Now returns for another year at the British Library exploring contemporary writing and culture from Japan; the main event is on Sunday 25th February.

With a packed day exploring the literature and culture of this fascinating country, Japan Now is joined by writer Richard Lloyd ParryGhosts of the Tsunami, filmmaker Kyoko MiyakeTokyo Idols, contemporary artist Suzanne Mooney, and novelists Tomoyuki Hoshino and Toshiki Okada whose works speak exclusively  to the Heisei generation (1989 to present).

There will also be a talk by Hideo Furukawa, one of Japanese literature’s most highly regarded authors, who will read from his latest book, Slow Boat, and who will be joined by author Mariko NagaiDust of Eden: A Novel, to discuss their approach to writing Japan’s recent history through poetry and photography,

Not only limited to novelists and writers, one of Japan’s leading contemporary photographers Mika Ninagawa, will join Simon Barker to discuss her work as well.

Japan Now also includes Japan North and Japan Now Touring which include talks, film screenings and visual art events at Sheffield, and various other locations.

This is an unmissable opportunity to take the pulse of the nation through its artists and their imagination, and to get books signed at the event.

The Japan Foundation will also be hosting a separate talk with Hideo Furukawa on 28 February at King’s Place, King’s Cross. More details to follow soon.

For Japan Now details please visit the British Library website for full details and to book tickets: https://www.bl.uk/events/japan-now-2018

For Japan Now North details please see below:


Programmed by Modern Culture in partnership with the Japan Foundation and University of Sheffield.

Supported by Arts Council England, Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Writers’ Centre Norwich and the Japan Society.