Official Press Release
If you have been thrilled by the images and touched by the heartwarming stories of Hayao Miyazaki's animations, you may count yourself among the vast numbers of fans of this revered filmmaker. One of the greatest animators of all time, his legions of fans include the viewing audience as well as those working in the field of manga and anime, both in Japan and around the world. He is also a prolific writer and speaker whose volume of writings has been translated into English as Starting Point: 1979-1996, published by Viz Media. In an illustrated talk, Beth Cary and Frederik Schodt, the translators of this work, will explore the reasons for the appeal of Miyazaki and his films, in both Japan and the United States.
The suggested donation for this event is $5.
Frederik L. Schodt's writings on manga, and his translations of them, have helped trigger the current popularity of Japanese comics in the English-speaking world. In 2009, the Japanese Government presented him with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for his work in helping to promote Japan's popular culture in the United States. He has written widely on Japanese history, popular culture, and technology.
Beth Cary has interpreted for many Japanese artists, including Hayao Miyazaki, at their presentations in the Bay Area. As a translator she has translated Japanese fiction and nonfiction works into English. The topics of these books range from the social sciences to literary reflections. Recently she has translated several award-winning mystery stories for the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.
Books will be available for purchase at the event.
About The Japan Society of Northern California
Founded in 1905, the Japan Society of Northern California is the West Coast's leading forum on Japan and US-Japan relations. Its mission is to strengthen cooperation and understanding between the peoples of the United States and Japan by providing programs that help to expand knowledge, increase personal interaction and facilitate discussion of important issues.