Events on children’s literature in Tokyo

Elina Druker at Meiji University

Elina Druker at Meiji University

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.

Goro Miyazaki, Elina Druker and Jonna Björnstjerna.

Goro Miyazaki, Elina Druker and Jonna Björnstjerna.

Takehiko Sato, Director General, International Library of Children’s Literature, Noritada Otaki, head of National Diet Library, Åsa Regnér, Swedish Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Magnus Robach, Ambassador of Sweden to Japan and Adam Beije, Councellor

Takehiko Sato, Director General, International Library of Children’s Literature, Noritada Otaki, head of National Diet Library, Åsa Regnér, Swedish Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Magnus Robach, Ambassador of Sweden to Japan and Adam Beije, Press and Information Officer

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

Noritada Otaki, head of National Diet Library and Åsa Regnér, Swedish Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality

Noritada Otaki, head of National Diet Library and Åsa Regnér, Swedish Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality

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