Rediscover the wonders of literary greats through a story told by raconteur Yoko Kanda, and then enjoy the “Voices Reverberating in the Underworld” event at the National Institute of Japanese Literature
Date and time: Saturday, November 24th, 9:30 a.m.
*Meet at 9:15 a.m. (in front of the Industry Club of Japan building (1-4-6 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku), near Tokyo Station)
Location: Bus (Meet in front of the Industry Club of Japan building near Tokyo Station → Mori Ogai Memorial Museum → National Institute of Japanese Literature)
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Meiji era, we are hosting the Rediscovering the Wonders of the Meiji Literary Giants Bus Tour!
Aboard a bus sure to bring back memories of the mid-20th century, we will first head to the Mori Ogai Memorial Museum, a place with deep connections to the literary greats of the Meiji era (1868-1912). Then, as we head to the next destination, we will rediscover the wonders of the literary greats through a story from raconteur Yoko Kanda. For lunch, you can savor a bento from a venerable eatery that has been a favorite of some of the great writers, before arriving in Tachikawa. There, we will join the “Voices Reverberating in the Underworld” event at the National Institute of Japanese Literature. This indulgent tour is a chance to spend an entire day immersed in historic Japanese literature.
Guaranteed seating at the “Voices Reverberating in the Underworld” event at the National Institute of Japanese Literature is included in this tour. Tour participants will not need to register separately for “Voices Reverberating in the Underworld.” The tour will conclude at the National Institute of Japanese Literature with the completion of the event (at approximately 5:30-6:00 p.m.). We ask that all tour participants use public transportation to return to their accommodations or homes from the National Institute of Japanese Literature.
*Please note that this event will be conducted in Japanese only. English interpretation will not be available.
Yoko Kanda (Storyteller)
Yoko Kanda became a disciple of the kodan storyteller Sanyo Kanda II in 1979. In 1988, she was promoted to headliner. In 2006–07, she served as President of the Japan Kodan Association. Ms. Kanda has blazed a trail for women kodan storytellers. In addition to providing the narration for the NHK Friday night historical drama Futaro Yamada Karakuri jiken-cho: Keishicho soshi yori (“Futaro Yamada’s Book of Trickery: From the Records of the Metropolitan Police Department”), her performance credits include Sutajio paku kara konnichiwa (“Hello from Studio Park”), Kodan tokusen (“Kodan Special Selection”), and Koji junrei (“A Pilgrimage to Ancient Temples”).
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Litstock