Winner of Akutagawa Prize and

U.S. National Book Award for Translated Literature



Award winning author, Miri Yu, a Japanese-born Korean writer, will speak about her novel “Tokyo Ueno Station,” selected for top prize this year by the U.S. National Book Awards for translated literature. The novel depicts the life of the book's narrator Kazu, who left his family in Fukushima Prefecture to work as a laborer in the Japanese capital for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

In a surreal fable, Kazu, who is dead, recalls his world of hard work and intense pain as a construction worker—he spent his final years in a makeshift shelter in Ueno Park. In her dark brooding writing, Yu emphasizes the unfairness of poverty, a theme she is familiar with given her Korean decent and struggle with family poverty in a country that treats the Zainichi as social outcasts. The book was first  published in 2014 by Kawade Shobo Shinsha (河出書房新社) in Japanese language and is based on the conversations the author had conducted over a decade with homeless people.

Miri Yu's prolific writing includes plays, prose fiction, and essays she has published over twenty books and was the winner of Japan’s most prestigious literary award, the Akutagawa Prize, in 1997 for her book “Kazoku Cinema (家族シネマ = Family Cinena).” Her bestselling memoir “Inochi (命 = Life)“ was made into a movie in 2002. After the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami in Fukushima, she hosted a radio show to listen to survivors’ stories. She relocated to Minami-Soma in Fukushima in 2015 and currently manages a bookstore and theatre space to continue her cultural work with those affected by the disaster.

Due to COVID-19 emergency regulations, our new Book Break schedules have changed. Doors open at 5:00 pm and the presentation starts from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. To follow social distancing, audience is restricted to 20 participants and charges are 1,100 yen per sign-up including drink.Online attendance (via Zoom) is available at 550 yen per person; please indicate the intention to attend online when signing up. Details on how to join online will be sent to individual emails after their reservations are confirmed.

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(The talk will be in Japanese with English interpretation)




柳美里は、 1968年、茨城県土浦市生まれ、神奈川県横浜市育ち。高校中退後「東京キッドブラザース」に入団。役者、演出助手を経て、86年演劇ユニット「青春五月党」を結成。1994年初の小説作品『石に泳ぐ魚』(新潮社)を、文芸誌「新潮」に発表。1996年『フルハウス』(文藝春秋)で、第18回野間文芸新人賞、第24回泉鏡花文学賞を受賞。1997年『家族シネマ』(講談社)で、第116回芥川龍之介賞を受賞。1999年『ゴールドラッシュ』(新潮社)で、第3回木山捷平文学賞を受賞。2001 年『命』(小学館で、第7回編集者が選ぶ雑誌ジャーナリズム賞作品賞を受賞。『命』は、2002年に映画化されている。

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