The award-winning Yu Miri has a multi-decade career as a writer and novelist, consistently pushing the boundaries of Japanese literature. Born in Japan to Korean parents, Yu’s work has often focused on those on the margins of Japanese society by virtue of their identity, social position or geography. A translation of her magisterial recent novel Tokyo Ueno Station is just out from Tilted Axis Press spanning Japan’s complex postwar history through the figure of Kazu, a labourer from regional Tohoku who finds himself on the edges of the city and of Japanese society in Ueno Park’s homeless villages.
In conversation with her translator Morgan Giles and Durham University’s Nozomi Uematsu.
This event is part of Japan Now North, a week of activities celebrating the art, culture, literature and film of Japan.