Come by the library tonight for a Celebration of Japanese Traditional Arts. Japanese theatre expert Colleen Lanki (Fujima Sayū) will describe and perform some dances from the kabuki theatre and geisha traditions. Musician and shakuhachi master Alcvin Ryūzen Ramos will perform on the shakuhachi and demonstrate the sounds of the shamisen and other Japanese instruments. And if the night inspires you, you just might want to check out these fictional works set in Japan:
A masterful retelling of eight Japanese folktales some of which are rooted in kabuki theatre.
Kunihiko Hidaka was about to leave Japan for Vancouver when he was brutally murdered. During the investigation Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga discovers that Hidaka’s relationship with his best friend wasn’t as simple as it seems.
Library Journal raves, “this coming-of-age tale […] offers a fresh perspective on life in postwar Japan. An excellent choice for readers who loved Jamie Ford’s The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.”
Novelist Kogito Choko plans to write his final novel about his father’s death in WWII. He returns to his hometown in search of answers, but what he finds clarifies little. As with Oe’s previous work, this novel blurs the line between fiction and biography.
Truth be told, I’ll read anything Yoshimoto writes because I like her spare, yet astute writing style. Take this line from Kitchen, a story about bereavement and recovery, “Over and over, we begin again.”