Oh how I`d like to
attend this festival of
books … maybe next year?
So this is Japan`s first international literature festival, quite surprising for Japan really. To not have had one before. I`m sure they have lots of national ones though right? Anyway, it`s on from the 1st of March to the 3rd of March at various locations around Tokyo so if you`re around and you`re a bit of bookworm go along. I would if I was there so I hope they make it an annual event. Look up more details at the Time Out Japan webpage.
One novelist, Ishii Shinji, is performing a live-write of a piece of literature so he`s going to write a novel or short story on the spot at one of the locations, the location being a fully hired out tram car. I`d love to see a writer live-write. I`ve read one of this guy`s short stories 肉屋オウム and it`s pretty quirky. It seems he does this thing a lot. Looks like he likes a challenge!!
Speaking of literature, I looked up and watched that film Red Sorghum based on the novel by Mo Yan. It was just ok. I can understand that there was so much detail in the novel and the book went back and forth time-wise so it would have been difficult to fit everything into the film but, all the same, I think it could have been better.