Art & Design

The Greatest Modern Japanese Novelist – exhibition tour and book club with Damian Flanagan

3 February 2014, London

For a special edition of the Japan Society Book Club, members will be joined by award-winning translator Damian Flanagan for a tour of the Embassy of Japan’s new exhibition on the Japanese novelist Natsume Soseki. The exhibition features assorted artefacts from Soseki’s time in London as a government scholar. Flanagan will discuss these alongside his translation of The Tower of London: And Other Stories, Soseki’s reflections on his two years in the city.


From the novelist’s personal meishi holder, to letters to his wife and reading materials from his last lodgings in Clapham, the exhibition provides a glimpse into an extraordinary period in the novelist’s life.


Copies of The Tower of London: And Other Stories can be purchased here.
For the Japanese original, please follow this link.


To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email or submit the online booking form.


Damian Flanagan read English Literature at Cambridge University, then did an MA and PhD in Japanese Literature at Kobe University. As well as authoring or co-authoring seven books on Japanese literature, Damian’s  articles on Japanese politics, arts and society have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers throughout Japan including Newsweek and the Nihon Keizai Shinbun. He is currently working on his own fiction and divides his time between a home in Manchester, England with a garden full of squirrels and a house in Nishinomiya, Japan, with a view of a centuries-old tree.


Free for Japan Society members
Embassy security policy requires that all guests bring a form of photographic ID

Booking essential – places are limited
Book online here

3 February 2014, 5.00pm

The Embassy of Japan, 101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

Tel: 020 3075 1996

The Japan Society