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Tuesday, 30 September- International House of Japan Special Event

Sir David Warren reads from The Custom House by Francis King
Language: English
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Venue: International House of Japan (IHJ), in the Library
Address: 5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: map and trains
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)
Event poster:
IHJ website:

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 1976-1977
Title: “Behind the Scenes: An Insider's Look at the World of Japanese Art.”
Venue: International House of Japan (IHJ)
Address: 5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Access: map and trains

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Forthcoming ASJ Meeting-The 9th Young Scholars Program (YSP)

Monday, 17 November
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Speakers: tbc
Titles: tbc
Venue: Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (SKG)
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: About a 15-minute stroll from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit. map