Meet the Author and the Translator of The Little House
Kyoko Nakajima and Ginny Tapley Takemori

Friday, January 31, 2020
19:00-20:30 (Doors open at 18:30)
Book signing from 20:30-21:00
Temple University, Japan Campus, Parliament Student Lounge 1F
1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo | 東京都世田谷区太子堂1-14-29 (Access)
Kyoko Nakajima, author of The Little House
Ginny Tapley Takemori, English translator
Free and open to the public. RSVP not required.
The first 20 people through the door will receive a free copy of The Little House.

Event Overview

Join us for an evening of conversation on contemporary literature, translation, and the publishing industry.

This is a brilliantly deceptive novel, whip-smart in its subtlety... The Little House is the story of how generations in Japan talk - or don’t talk - to each other, and this inability to connect across eras is the true tragedy of the novel and, perhaps, the nation."

Japan Times

The novel was also made into a film in 2014. Check out the trailer (in Japanese) here.


Kyoko Nakajima was born in Tokyo in 1964. After working at a publishing firm and as a freelance writer, she made her debut as a novelist in 2003 with Futon. In 2010 her novel Chisai ouchi won the Naoki Prize. This was followed by the Izumi Kyoka Prize for Literature for Tsuma ga shiitake datta koro (When My Wife Was a Shiitake) in 2014 and the Kawai Hayao Story Prize and Historical Fiction Writers Club Award for Katazuno! (One-Horn!) in 2015. Her other works include Ito no koi (Ito’s Romance) and Chobo zekka (A Magnificent View).

Ginny Tapley Takemori lives in rural Japan and has translated fiction by more than a dozen Japanese writers, ranging from such early literary giants as Izumi Kyoka and Okamoto Kido to contemporary bestsellers Ryu Murakami and Miyabe Miyuki. Her translation of Sayaka Murata’s novel Convenience Store Woman was one of the New Yorker’s best books of 2018 and Foyle’s Book of the Year 2018. Her translation of Kyoko Nakajima’s The Little House was published in February 2019.


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