Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Japan Earthquake Charity Literature Project

As it approaches being nearly a year since the events of the March Tsunami last year it's still difficult to comprehend and take in the scale of the disaster. Waseda Bungaku Department have organised the Japan Eartquake Literature Project and compiled a collection of stories by contemporary Japanese writers giving voice to their reactions and reflections, offered free to download in English translation as PDF's, but please remember to make a donation!. The stories will be published in book format edited by David Karashima and Elmer Luke in the U.S and in the U.K. under the title of, March Was Made of Yarn: Reflections on the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown of 2011, some of the stories featured are avilable to read through the Department's web page, please read through the introduction by Makoto Ichikawa, (director of Waseda Bugaku), to these stories and author profiles and make a donation to the Japan Red Cross or alternatively through your own country's Red Cross Society, and please remember to purchase a copy of the book when it is published.

The stories featured -

Ride on Time by Abe Kazushige, translated by Michael Emmerich

Poola's Return by  Hideo Furukawa, translated by Satoshi Katagiri

March Yarn by Mieko Kawakami, translated by Michael Emmerich

Almost Everything in the World by Shin Fukunaga, translated by Michael Emmerich

Silverpoint by EnJoe Toh, translated by Jocelyne Allen

Planting by Aoko Matsuda translated by Angus Turvill

The Day the World Ends, We...2011 by Akio Nakamori translated by David Boyd

Signals by Mayuko Makita translated by Allison Markin Powell

Japan Earthquake Charity Literature Project

Japanese Red Cross Society

Many thanks to the editor of Waseda Bungaku for allowing me to post a link to these stories and their webpage.


StarBrooke said...

Thanks for sharing this information! Do you know where the title "March was made of yarn," comes from? That is such an interesting image.

me. said...

'March Yarn' is a really evocative story isn't it?, so many themes to contemplate upon, I'm not sure where the "March was made of yarn" dream/metaphor originates from, although the editor of Waseda Bungaku also mentioned that they will be publishing an accompanying magazine with summaries, essays and dialogues about the stories in the near future, which I'd be very interested in reading. If I hear anything of course I'll post on it, but I guess just keeping visiting their site for more information. Thanks for the comment!.