Monday, February 22, 2016

2/25, Tokyo: Public conversation w/this year's International Manga Award winners

(JP announcement)

Seijo University
Faculty of Arts and Literature Lecture
Israel and Manga: A Public Conversation with Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie
Winners of the Foreign Ministry of Japan’s 9th International MANGA Award.

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016 Time: 13:30~15:30
Venue: Room 321, building 3 Admission: Free
At this event, Asaf Hanuka and Boaz Lavie, winners of the Foreign Ministry of Japan’s 9th International MANGA Award, will speak about their award-winning graphic novel, The Divine (2015) and then will join writer and journalist Roland Kelts in a public conversation about their work as well as the current state of manga in Israel. After their conversation, Mr. Hanuka and Mr. Lavie will answer questions from the audience.

This event is sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Literature, Seijo University, with support from the Embassy of Israel in Japan and the Japan Foundation
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Ryuma Shineha, Faculty of Arts and Literature, Seijo University:

Friday, February 19, 2016

CG finally a force in anime, for The Japan Times

Japanese audiences have long responded tepidly to the use of extensive computer graphics (CG) in anime. Even as CG has become the global standard for animation studios, anime fans prefer their homegrown artists to stick to labor-intensive 2-D illustration techniques and cel animation — or to at least create work that looks like they did.

Case in point: Director and designer Shinji Aramaki’s “Appleseed” film franchise, based on the best-selling manga by Masamune Shirow (famous for “Ghost in the Shell”). The three-film series has grown increasingly digitally enhanced since its inception 12 years ago, with meticulous 3-D character and set designs and blockbuster visual effects.

The second film, 2007’s “Ex Machina,” had double the budget of the first, was produced by Hong Kong-to-Hollywood director John Woo, and featured costume designs by Miuccia Prada. Yet both it and the more recent “Alpha” installment (2014), while garnering praise and interest abroad, have been relatively minor releases at home.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Naka-Kon 2016, Kansas City, March 11 - 15

Honored to be a featured guest at Naka-Kon 2016 in Kansas City, March 11-13.

Roland Kelts

Convention Year: 

Roland Kelts is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling book "Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the US." He was born to an American father and a Japanese mother and grew up in both countries. He is a visiting scholar at Keio University in Tokyo and a steering committee member of the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation, a Tokyo-based think tank. As a journalist, essayist, and columnist, he writes for many publications, such as The New YorkerTime magazine, Newsweek JapanThe New York TimesThe Guardian and The Japan Times. An authority on Japan’s contemporary literary and popular cultures, Roland imparts his unique perspective on Japanese pop culture to the rest of the world as a public speaker and media commentator on CNN, NPR, NHK and the BBC. Recently, Kelts delivered a lecture at the World Economic Forum and a TED Talk in Tokyo. He also serves as a contributing editor for Monkey Business, Japan’s premier literary magazine. His forthcoming novel is called "Access."

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Tokyo International Literary Festival 2016, March 2 - 6

I will be appearing at two events in next month's Tokyo International Literary Festival, March 4 & 6. Copies of Monkey Business Issue 6 and Japanamerica will be available for signings at both.

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上智大学 12号館502教室
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不要 ※定員75名
出演者 :
トレーシー・スレーター / ジェイク・エーデルスタイン / マーク・カウフマン / ローランド・ケルツ / 贄田 貴美
Four Storiesとは4人の作家の朗読を中心としたグローバル文芸イベント。書き手と読み手、そして関心のあるあらゆる人びとをつなぎ、物語に耳を傾け、対話を生み出すことが狙いです。(英語のみ)

主催: Four Stories/上智大学英語学科共同主催
お問い合せ先担当者: 贄田貴美、マーク・カウフマン / 8:00 - 16:00 [平日]

Four Stories is an award-winning global literary series, bringing together writers, readers, intellectuals, friends and interested people to talk, laugh, hear stories, and trade tales about literature. This event will be in English

「文芸フェスイベント Monkey Business(英語版) presents スティーヴ・エリクソン 自作を語る 」


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15:00(開場: 14:30)
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〒150-0041 東京都渋谷区神南1-21-3 渋谷モディ5F・6F・7F
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HMV&BOOKS TOKYOにてイベント告知開始日より、対象商品お買い上げの方にサイン会参加券を差し上げます(参加券の枚数には限りがございます)
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スティーヴ・エリクソン / ローランド・ケルツ / 柴田元幸
2月27日発売『ゼロヴィル』(白水社)ほか、『黒い時計の旅』、『Xのアーチ』の著者スティーヴ・エリクソンが2015年11月にオープンしたHMV&BOOKS TOKYOに登場!! 現代アメリカ文学の最重要作家、エリクソンが自身の作品について語ります。翻訳家、柴田元幸さんによる司会と通訳! 

お問い合わせ先: 03-5784-3270(武藤・鏡味・松田) / 営業時間: 11:00~23:00

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Monkey Business # 6

Launches in Tokyo next month; NYC, Chicago and the rest of North America in April.