Shinoharu Tatekawa is a rakugo performer who studied at a U.S. university, and practices rakugo in English. You may be familiar with him from his Wochi Kochi Magazine essay series. David Zoppetti is a Swiss born novelist living in Japan who writes novels in Japanese. A discussion was held on June 8 between the rakugo performer and the novelist, who express themselves in a language other than their mother tongue. Under the witty guidance of J. MaXwell Powers as the moderator, discussions took place over 90 minutes covering the attractions of their respective activities of performing rakugo in English and writing novels in Japanese. In this article, we bring you a summary of the scene at the hall, where the discussions were met with great laughter and enjoyment.
Many people from all over the world will visit Japan during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In consideration of this, various discussions are underway regarding the necessity to expand and improve the environment for people with disabilities, so that everyone can experience and enjoy Japan's diverse culture.
The Japan Foundation invited historian Dr. Ramachandra Guha and co-organized his lecture with International House of Japan, as part of Japan-India Dialogue 2014: Distinguished Visitors Program. His lecture was entitled "Between Nationalism and Internationalism: The Political Philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore" and held on March 18, 2015.