2013 / “Tale of Genji” to be introduced by film and lectures, Feb 23

20130125 JACCC Veranda Tale of Genji

As 2013 season’s first “On the Veranda” lecture series, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles will present  Lecture/ Film “The Tale of Genji: World’s first novelon Saturday, Feb. 23, from 2-4 pm in the JACCC’s Doizaki Gallery.


 “The Tale of Genji” from “Invitation to World Literature” series

Guest speakers

Dr. David Damrosch, Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University

Mr. Joshua Seftel, an award-winning filmmaker, the founder of Seftel Productions in New York City

Dr. Lynne Miyake, Professor of Asian languages and literature at Pomona College

A thousand years ago, a Japanese woman began writing a story that was not quite fiction, not quite non-fiction, telling the story of the world of the Japanese imperial court but creating its own world, too—the world of Genji.

The shining Genji, a man of wealth and power, devotes himself to love – at the risk of losing everything. Enter the court of medieval Japan, and follow Genji’s attempts to find perfect love and a beautiful life in the midst of the back-biting, scheming, and deceit of the powerful people around him.

About Invitation to World Literature series

A production of WGBH Educational Foundation with Seftel Productions for Annenberg Media, “Invitation to World Literature” is a 13-part public television series that features more than 100 artists, actors, writers and scholars including Alan Cumming, Harold Ramis, Kristin Chenoweth, Philip Glass and David Damrosch.

Each episode goes beneath the surface of a classic piece of literature to reveal ideas, emotions and themes that are relevant today.

About “On the Veranda” lecture series

“On the Veranda” lecture series at the JACCC’s state-of-the-art Garden Room began in Spring 2009, and has since presented some of the most informative and insightful workshops by trained masters in an intimate and serene surrounding.

“The Veranda itself is a sacred space between man and nature, between structure and garden, between here and there,” explains JACCC Artistic Director Hirokazu Kosaka. “It is the meditative space that lingers in-between, the transition that pulls us into both worlds.”

Admission: Suggested donation $15

As space is limited reservations are highly recommended. For more information or reservations, call Wakana Kimura at (213) 628-2725 ext 146 or send email wkimura@jaccc.org

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center is located at 244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.