Contemporary Japanese Literature is changing every day, and three writers visited the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre recently to discuss what’s happening in Japanese literature.
Monkey Business is the only English literary journal that publishes contemporary Japanese Literature. The publication is edited by professor Ted Goossen who specialize in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature at the York University and by professor Motoyuki Shibata who teaches American literature and literary translation at the University of Tokyo.
Editors and writers of Monkey Business [Photo Courtesy: Kaori Fujishima]
At the event, tthe hree young writers―Masatsugu Ono , a novelist shortlisted three times for the Akutagawa Prize, Yoko Hayasuke who made her debut in the Japanese version of Monkey Business, and Roland Kelts who is the author of the best-selling Japanamerica ― visited the JCCC to discuss what is going on in the Japanese literature and language today.
Roland Kelts [Photo Courtesy: Kaori Fujishima]
Kelts described how different Japanese and American animations are, referring to “New Treasure Island” drawn by Osamu Tezuka, one of the old masters of Manga.