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Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 18:30 - 20:30


John Dougill, Founder, Writers in Kyoto

John Einarsen, Founder and Publisher, Kyoto Journal
Eric Johnston, News Editor, The Japan Times
Susan Pavloska, Associate Editor, Kyoto Journal

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English.

"DATELINE KYOTO: Foreign Writing and Journalism in the Old Capital"

Now one of the world's top international tourist destinations, Kyoto has long been known as the center of Japanese traditional culture. Today, the ancient capital is a modern metropolis of 1.5 million residents and the base of firms like Nintendo, Kyocera, and Omron. At a time when Japan is rapidly aging, Kyoto is a growing educational center, where college students account for 10 percent of the population. As home of the Kyoto Protocol, the city continues to play a leading national and international role in environmental issues and has declared it will stop using nuclear power by 2040.

Kyoto has long been a haven foreign poets and writers ranging from Gary Snyder to Edith Shiffert to Alex Kerr, as well as all manner of photographers and videographers. Last year, Kyoto Journal celebrated its 30th anniversary by defying the modern trend and returning to print after years of digital-only publications. That followed the creation, in 2015, of Writers in Kyoto, a loose collective of nearly 40 writers, many of whom have published books in Japan and abroad. With the Cultural Affairs Agency relocating to Kyoto by 2022, the city appears set to attract even more interest from foreign writers and journalists, especially those writing about all aspects of Japanese culture.

What is it in the Kyoto water that has produced a small but vibrant community of international writers, photographers, videographers, and freelance journalists? Join FCCJ as the city's leading foreign authors and editors discuss Kyoto's literary, journalistic, and media scene.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/non-members is 2,300/3,400 yen, non-members eligible to attend may pay in cash (menu: chicken with mustard and rosemary, seasonal salad & tiramisu). Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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John Dougill             John Einarsen     Eric Johnston        Susan Pavloska






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