University of Sheffield hosting festival exploring Japanese Culture

A festival called Japan Now North is celebrating Japanese art, culture, literature and film in various venues throughout Sheffield this week.

The week of activities is led by the University’s School of East Asian Studies belonging to it third year. This year, thefestival explores the theme of ‘Futures’ and examine the country’s future as a world leader in technology through art, culture, literature and film.

Professor Kate Taylor-Jones, Head of the University of Sheffield’s School of East Asian Studies, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be once again hosting the Japan Now North festival and are looking forward to celebrating and exploring the art, culture, literature and film of Japan with people across Sheffield.

The five-day festival includes events from photography and performance artist Tomoko Sawada, the much-adapted author Tomihiko Morimi, award-winning novelist Hiroko Oyamada, and poet and novelist Hiromi Itō, in conversation with poet and translator Jeffrey Angles.

Professor Taylor-Jones continued: “Sheffield has one of the largest communities of artists in the UK outside of London and the city is a welcoming home to people from all over the world. With the University of Sheffield’s history of being at the forefront of teaching and research on Japan, we’re proud to bring the festival back to the city for a third year.

“We hope as many people as possible can join us and experience some of the reasons why our staff and students in the School of East Studies are so passionate about Japan and its art, culture, literature and film.”

The festival also features a three-day symposium. ‘Imagining our Digital Futures: The View From Japan’ will explore the difficulties and possibilities facing the country and consider how to solve or alleviate the challenges that will face Japan and the rest of the word in the near future.

If you would like to know the full list of events, including details of venues and ticket information, please visit:

Image by School of East Asian Studies from The University of Sheffield.

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