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[Reading about Japan at I-House Library] Itoh Keiko talks about Japanese in Britain, 1863-2001: A Photographic Exhibition


  • *This program has finished.
  • Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:00 pm
  • Venue: The Library, International House of Japan
  • Reader: Itoh Keiko (Writer / Interpreter)
  • Language: English (without interpretation)
  • Admission: IHJ members & Library members: Free, Non-members: 1,500 yen
  • (reservations required, including reception) Fully Booked
  • *This program will be held thanks to a contribution from an I-House member.
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London-based writer and interpreter Ms Itoh Keiko will use photos from the exhibition catalogue to highlight the experiences of the early Japanese community in Britain, which included her maternal grandparents. The exhibition, curated and annotated by Ms Itoh, was held throughout the UK during 2001 to 2002 as part of the Japan 2001 Festival. Ms Itoh’s earlier research on the Japanese community in pre-War Britain originated from her desire to find out the historical context of her grandparents’ time in Britain. Her newly published book, My Shanghai, 1942-1946: A Novel, a fictionalised account of a young Japanese family in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, which draws on her parents’ experience, will be also introduced in the context of Japanese living abroad.
After the session, all participants are invited to a small reception.

Itoh Keiko

Photo: Itoh KeikoItoh Keiko is a London-based writer and interpreter, born in Kobe, Japan. After receiving an MA from Yale University, she worked at the United Nations in New York, and then at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank in London. She received a PhD from the London School of Economics in 2001. Her works include The Japanese Community in Pre-war Britain: From Integration to Disintegration (Curzon Press, 2001) and My Shanghai, 1942-1946: A Novel (Renaissance Books, 2015).