Library Activities

Library Activities

The library conducts various activities related to strengthening the information infrastructure of Japanese studies.


[Library Display] Bunka koryū wa hito ni hajimari hito ni owaru : watashi no Kokusai Bunka Kaikan monogatari



We would like to introduce the book "Bunka koryū wa hito ni hajimari hito ni owaru : watashi no Kokusai Bunka Kaikan monogatari" by Mr. Mikio Kato, who was former executive director and had been engaged the International House of Japan for a long time.
This book was introduced on the book review column of Yomiuri Shimbun.



Mikio Kato was associated with the International House of Japan for over half a century, having joined I-House when it began recruiting new employees in 1959 and subsequently serving as program director, executive director, and special advisor. In 2000, he began chronicling the history of I-House, publishing the 50-year history of I-House in Japanese in 2002 and the 55-year history in English (The First Fifty-five Years of the International House of Japan: Genesis, Evolution, Challenges, and Renewal) in 2012. He also authored The Rockefellers and Japan: Five Generations Spanning the Pacific in Japanese in 2015. He was awarded the Foreign Minister’s Commendation in 1993 and the Japan Foundation Special Prize in 2003 for his longtime contributions to international cultural exchange. To many of his acquaintances, he was known as “Mr. I-House.”

Unlike the earlier “official histories,” this latest book, published shortly after the author passed away in July 2020, is a memoir full of personal insights and anecdotes. He begins his story with his employment at I-House and a description of the working environment and continues with his experiences of studying and training in the United States and recollections of the various projects with which he was involved. In many ways, his personal struggles and rewards are those Japan itself experienced in advancing international cultural exchange in the postwar years. As the book’s title suggests, the key to promoting such exchange is building on one personal encounter after another—an adage that the author himself fully embodied.

The appendix contains a draft of the speech he delivered when he was awarded the Japan Foundation Special Prize that perfectly encapsulates his vision regarding the value of international cultural exchange. The book is certain to be of great interest not only to those engaged in cultural exchange but to many others as well.

Bunka koryū wa hito ni hajimari hito ni owaru : watashi no Kokusai Bunka Kaikan monogatari
Mikio KATO
Shimbun Tsushin Chosakai, 2021
[日本語棚||I-House Related]


  • Period: Friday, June 18 – Saturday, July 31, 2021
  • Place: The Library, International House of Japan

Archives

[Library Display] Bunka koryū wa hito ni hajimari hito ni owaru : watashi no Kokusai Bunka Kaikan monogatari
[Library Display] Asia Leadership Fellow Program(ALFP)Brochure
[Library Display] Memorial Exhibition for Professor Ezra Vogel
[Library Display] Meikenchiku de chushoku o: Ofisharu bukku
[Joint Exposition of Books] Ten years from 3.11
[Library Display] Yume no hoteru no tsukurikata
[Library Display] Matsukata Collection & Related Books
[Joint Exposition of Books] On the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Yukio Mishima
[Exhibition of Books] Spring in Japanese
[Exhibition of Books] Memorial Exhibition for Mr. Fumio Matsuo
[Joint Exposition of Books] A Tribute to Kawabata Yasunari
[Joint Exposition of Books] Nō and Kyōgen
[Exposition of Books] Memorial Exposition for Professor Donald Keene
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Craig Mod—The Walk and Talk: Koya Bound and Walk Design
[Joint Exposition of Books] Basho&Haiku
[The James C. Abegglen Memorial Collection at the International House of Japan Library 10th Anniversary Session]
[Joint Exposition of Books] Kabuki・Bunraku
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Elise Wessels and Marije Jansen Talk about Japan: Modern – Japanese Prints from the Elise Wessels Collection
[Joint Exposition of Books] 90 Year Memorial for Akutagawa Ryūnosuke
[Joint Exposition of Books] The Bakumatsu -the end of the Edo period-
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Itoh Keiko talks about Japanese in Britain, 1863-2001: A Photographic Exhibition
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
I-House members and others read The Dreaming of the Bones by W. B. Yeats, featuring the Noh play Nishikigi, in a session arranged by Ogoura Kazuo
[Joint Exposition of Books] Natsume Sōseki Centennial
[Library] Award for Organizations of Distinguished Services from the Japan Special Libraries Association
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] John C. Weber talks about A New Yorker’s View of the World: The John C. Weber Collection
[Joint Exposition of Books] Architecture in Japan
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Ambassador Radu Şerban reads from his book Closer to the Sky (Sora e Ayumu)
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Kent Calder reads from Wind of the Age : Collected Reflections : April, 2014–March, 2015
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Nassrine Azimi and Michel Wasserman read from Last Boat to Yokohama : The Life and Legacy of Beate Sirota Gordon
[Joint Exposition of Books] 50 Year Memorial for Tanizaki Junichiro
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
I-House Members read The Lady Aoi
—from Five Modern Noh Plays by Mishima Yukio, featuring a traditional Noh play, in a session arranged by Mr. Ogoura Kazuo
[Joint Exposition of Books] English Materials on Nuclear Energy in Japan
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Giorgio Amitrano reads from Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
[Joint Exposition of Books] Materials on “Washoku” and French Cuisine as Cultural Heritage
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Sir David Warren reads from The Custom House by Francis King
The World of Gerald Vizenor Special Lecture Series in Tokyo
Lecture 2 [Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Gerald Vizenor reads from his latest work Favor of Crows
[Joint Exposition of Books] English materials on the March 11 Tohoku earthquake
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Ambassador Lars Vargö reads from Out by Natsuo Kirino
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library]
Gayle K. Sato reads from Tropic of Orange by Karen Tei Yamashita
[Joint Exposition of Books] Japanese Literature in English
[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Roger Buckley reads from Fireworks and unpublished works by Angela Carter
[Japan Specialist Workshop] 2013 Symposium
[Japan Specialist Workshop] 2012 Open Meeting
[Japan Specialist Workshop] 2012 List of Participants
[Japan Specialist Workshop] 2012 Call for Participants
[Japan Specialist Workshop] 2011 Participants
[Japanese Studies Information Specialist Training Workshop]

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