Past Japan Foundation Grant Events

Spring 2017

A Half-Century of Japanese Writers in Iowa: Writing and Translating at the International Writing Program, 1967-2017

Schedule of Events

Monday, April 17, 2017

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. | 1117 University Capitol Centre
Opening Reception and Lectures on Nakagami Kenji (IWP 1982)
with Professor Anne McKnight, Shirayuri College and Professor Eri Watanabe, Shizuoka University
Lunch provided

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Shambaugh House
Fiction Reading :“Love in Transit: Borderlands in Contemporary Japanese Fiction”
with Nori Nakagami (IWP 2002) and Kyoko Yoshida (IWP 2005)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | 1117 University Capitol Centre
Roundtable Discussion: TransPacific Poetics
with Sawako Nakayasu, translator, and Lisa Samuels, author
Refreshments provided

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Prairie Lights Books
Poetry Reading: Alice Iris Red Horse, Gozo Yoshimasu (IWP 1971, 1987)
Translated by Forrest Gander, Sawako Nakayasu, and Kyoko Yoshida 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Shambaugh House
Poetry Reading: “More Wet than Water: Two Contemporary Poets”
with Forrest Gander and Sawako Nakayasu

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Theatre B, UI Theatre Building
Poetry and Multimedia Performance: “Gozo: The Medium is the Messenger”
with Gozo Yoshimasu, Forrest Gander, Sawako Nakayasu, and Kyoko Yoshida
featuring the Laptop Orchestra with Prof. Jean-François Charles, conductor and professor

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. | 318 Phillips Hall
Translation Workshop: “How Literature Travels: Translators Between Languages”
with Gozo Yoshimasu, Forrest Gander, Kyoko Yoshida, Nori Nakagami and Anne McKnight

6:30 p.m. - 9:50 p.m. | 2390 University Capitol Centre
Translation Workshop sponsored by Exchanges: “Translation Deep Dive: Gozo and the Sea of Translators”
with Gozo Yoshimasu, Forrest Gander, Sawako Nakayasu, and Kyoko
Dinner provided

Voices of Fukushima: Art, Community, and Information after 3/11
February 27-28, 2017

A two-day event highlighting the grassroots activism by Fukushima residents after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters of March 2011, featuring the documentary film, Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima (2014, dir. Toko Shiiki, 90 minutes, Japanese with English subtitles). Free and open to the public.

Feb. 27, 5:00-8:00 p.m., UCC 2390 (Executive Board Room), light meal provided
Voices of Fukushima Workshop: An exploration of individual efforts to rebuild home and community in Fukushima Prefecture over the six years since the Great East Japan earthquake of 2011, as well as the challenges that its residents continue to face. Listed times are approximate; comments and questions from the audience are welcome and encouraged.

  • 5:00-5:50 pm. Toko Shiiki tells the stories of two women from Fukushima as they navigate the shifting landscapes of life in their home prefecture, from personal emotional reactions to responding to governmental regulations.
  • 6:00-6:50 pm. Dr. Leslie Mabon, School of Applied Social Studies, Robert Gordon University, examines the challenges of sifting through the science, politics, and conflicting narratives of public safety in Fukushima Prefecture.
  • 7:00-8:00 pm. Yoshikawa Akihiro, founder of Appreciate FUKUSHIMA Workers, recounts his experiences as an employee of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) before and after March 2011, and illuminates the changing relationship between the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and the local community that hosts it.

Feb. 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Pomerantz Center C20
Film screening: Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima interweaves the stories of several Fukushima residents as they each turn to their love of music to help them adjust to life after the 2011 disasters. Director Toko Shiiki and Composer Erik Santos will host a Q&A session about their award-winning documentary film.

View a trailer for Threshold: Whispers of Fukushima at https://vimeo.com/103453868. For more information, visit http://thresholdfukushima.com/index.html, or contact Kendra Strand kendra-strand@uiowa.edu

Fall 2016

Bilingual readings with IWP writer Shibasaki Tomoka and student translators in the Japanese Program
October 17-18, 2016
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Conference: “Tradition in Search of a Rationale: The Future of Hunting in Japan and North America”
December 2-3, 2016
Illinois room (348), Iowa Memorial Union
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Fall 2015

Japan Foundation Grant Ceremony
Friday, October 16, 5:00 p.m. in 1117 UCC
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