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LTI Korea: Japan Forum


The LTI Korea Japan Forum was held for four days from October 19 to 22 in Tokyo and Nagoya. Novelists Shin
Kyung-sook, Jung Young mun and shijo poet Lee Keun-bae were present at the event jointly hosted by the
Korean Embassy and the Korean Cultural Center in Japan. Shin Kyung-sook, author of the bestselling Please
Look After Mom, was the center of attention with the audience and media. The author was interviewed by novelist Hoshino Tomoyuki at CBC (Chubu-Nippon Broadcasting Communication), one of Nagoya’s largest broadcasters, of which footage was aired over the internet.
A “Meeting with Korean Authors” was hosted as a pre-event for the forum on October 19 at Gallery KYO, Tokyo.
The second day the first forum, “Invitation to Korean Literature,” was held at the Korean Cultural Center, and on the third day “Meeting between Sijo and Haiku” was held at the same venue before moving to Nagoya, where the last forum was held at the CBC Hall under the title of “Literature of the Neighboring Country Seen from the Other Side.” The writers exchanged views on their work as novelists Tsushima Yuko and Hoshino Tomoyuki interviewed Shin Kyung-sook, poet Nomura Kiwao interviewed Jung Young-mun, and haiku poet Ishikura Hideki interviewed Lee Keun-bae. Like previous forums, this year’s forum introduced Japanese readers to Korean literature and aimed to nurture a lasting creative rapport between the two countries. It was a valuable opportunity to assess the current status of Korean literature in Japan as well as discuss how the two countries might improve communication in an increasingly volatile field, reawakening general and industry interest in Korean literature. 

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