In connection with the Pippi Lockstocking celebrations this year, the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo have conducted various activities related to children’s literature and culture, in co-operation with the Swedish Institute. Last week ALMA jury member Elina Druker gave a lecture on Swedish children’s literature at two of the leading universities in Tokyo, Meiji University and City University. A well-attended seminar “Room for Kids” was held at the International Children’s Library in Ueno on October 15th. The seminar was opened by Åsa Regnér, Swedish Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality. Other participants were among others, film director Goro Miyazaki, in the news limelight with his animated television series Ronja the Robbers Daughter by Astrid Lindgren, picture book artist Jonna Björnstjerna, whose books about the wonderful family Rabbit has recently been translated into Japanese and author Takako Sato.
Haruko Hashimoto talked about her work with the project Tohoku Charity Film Screening which have given screenings of Astrid Lindgren’s “Saltkråkan” in areas affected by earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan. The moderator, journalist Maiko Oda from magazine Nikkei DUAL, eventually led a discussion with Jonna Björnstjerna, Goro Miyazaki and Elina Druker about children’s literature in Sweden and Japan, the importance of Astrid Lindgren and how children’s reading has developed and changed in the two countries.
Photos © Hiromi Johansson
Link to The International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL) here
Link to the Swedish Embassy’s text about the event here