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Tuesday, 30 September-Special Event

Sir David Warren reads from The Custom House by Francis King.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Speaker: Sir David Warren
Language: English
Venue: International House, in the Library.
Admission: ¥1,000. IHJ and Library Members: free)
Registration required: Contact the Librarian Ms. Rie Hayashi by email:, or telephone (03) 3470-3213 (Mon. - Sat. 9 am - 6pm)

Synopsis: Francis King (1923-2011) was a British novelist, poet and short story writer, who published over 30 books. His literary career started while he was an undergraduate at Oxford. He first gained recognition when he received the W. Somerset Maugham Prize for his work The Dividing Stream (1951). As well as his creative career, he worked for the British Council. The Custom House (1961), The Waves Behind the Boat (1967), and The Japanese Umbrella and Other Stories (1964) which won the Katherine Mansfield Short Story Prize, reflected his experiences as Regional Director of the British Council in Kyoto, from 1959 to 1963.
Sir David, Chairman of the Japan Society will read from The Custom House, and discuss it as a study of different cultures. Following the reading session, there will be a small reception with the opportunity to meet Sir David informally.

Monday, 20 October

Time: 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Mr. Klaus F. Naumann. ASJ Council Member from 1976-1979.
Title: “Behind the Scenes: An Insider's Look at the World of Japanese Art.”
Venue: tbc ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Forthcoming ASJ Meetings

Monday,20 October
Time: 6:30 p.m.

The 9th Young Scholars Program (YSP)
Speakers: tbc
Titles: tbc
Venue: Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (SKG)