ICJS Event: Donald Richie "Fifty Years of Journal-Keeping in Japan and How to Do It"

Friday, October 1, 2004
7:00 p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 206/207 (access)
This lecture is free and open to the general public, but space may be limited. RSVP is not required: seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Temple University, Japan Campus's Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) presents a special lecture by Donald Richie: "Fifty Years of Journal-Keeping in Japan and How to Do It," based upon the publication of his book entitled Japan Journals: 1947-2004.

About Donald Richie

Named by TIME magazine, "the dean of Japan's art critics," and acknowledged as the foremost authority on Japanese cinema, Donald Richie has also written widely - some forty books in all - on other aspects of the country and its people. The Inland Sea has been called a classic and its film version has won prizes at international film festivals as well as the National Geographic Earth Award. His Public People, Private People has been called "unforgettable" by Tom Wolfe and of his two collections of essays, A Lateral View and Partial Views, Sunsan Sontag has said: "Donald Richie writes about Japan with an unrivaled range, acuity, and wit."

Richie has lived in Japan for most of his life. Arriving on New Year's Day, 1947, he worked as feature-writer and film critic for The Pacific Stars and Stripes. After graduating from Columbia University in 1953, he returned to Japan as film critic for The Japan Times.

He has written for Newsweek, The Nation, Variety, The New York Times, The Guardian, Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, and all major films magazines. In addition he presented the first retrospective of the Japanese film director Yasujiro Ozu at the 1962 Berlin Film Festival and has since designed many festival retrospectives, acted as guest director of the Telluride Film Festival, and served on the juries at the Hawaii, Lacarno, Thessaloniki, and Kerala Festivals.

About ICJS

The Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies (ICJS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.