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Faculty of Letters 125th Anniversary Commemorative Event: “Kazuo Ishiguro Talks”

Update:Jun. 17, 2015

On Friday, June 5, the Faculty of Letters held an open interview event with Kazuo Ishiguro, titled “Kazuo Ishiguro Talks,” to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the faculty, at the West School Building Hall on Mita Campus. Ishiguro, a Japanese-born English author, came to Japan on the occasion of the publication of his first full-length novel in 10 years, titled “The Buried Giant,” and he gave a talk especially for Keio students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Led by Prof. Keiko Kawachi of the Faculty of Letters, the interview was conducted in English. Ishiguro spoke of classes he took when he was a university student, teachers he studied under, and the people who have influenced him over his lifetime. As for writing novels, he expressed his desire to convey delicate human emotions.

Afterwards there was a lively Q&A session, and while at times Ishiguro shared jokes, the answers he gave were sincere. The audience that gathered at the West School Building Hall listened intently to Ishiguro’s talk from start to finish.

A Japanese translation of the interview is planned for publication in the Fall edition of Mita Bungaku (October issue).

Please access the link below to watch the video(5minutes 24seconds)

During the interview
During the interview
A view from within the West School Building Hall
A view from within the West School Building Hall

Kazuo Ishiguro during the interview
Kazuo Ishiguro during the interview
A view of the audience
A view of the audience

Photo: Aki Takematsu