Kirikirijin (The People of Kirikiri or The Kirikirians - 1981) is Inoue Hisashi's major satirical novel, challenges the political, cultural and linguistic authority of Tokyo, by depicting the political separation for the Kirikiri people from the rest of Japan. The Tohoku dialect juxtaposes the fact that it is closely related with the Tokyo dialect (considered as estandardf Japanese) with the fact that it is considered a rural, uneducated and backward dialect because of its sound. It defies Tokyo-centred culture and the homogenisation of individual experience, as well as celebrating imagination, independence and innovation
This novel has been considered as a main example of the current of Magic Realism in Japanese Literature. Other Japanese authors with considerable literary contributions to this genre are: Abe Kobo, Murakami Haruki, and Yasunari Kawabata.
KIRIKIRI people, Local Community Taking the Self Initiative to Rebuild Their Lives" by Haga
Time: 2012 Mar 14 12:00 - 14:00
Hiroki Haga, Leader of public relations at the Kirikiri evacuation center
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation
Description: "KIRIKIRI people, Local Community Taking the Self Initiative to Rebuild Their Lives"
The town of Otsuchi in Iwate Prefecture was one of the Pacific coastal areas devastated by the killer quake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.
But the town and its people are gradually recovering from the tragedy, assisted in part by the popularity of the town's Kirikiri district. This is thanks to Hisashi Inoue's novel "Kirikirijin" (The People of Kirikiri).
While the novel is set in a fictitious village in northeastern Japan, the theme advocates independence from an abusive central government that strongly resonates with the public today.
The club now has a great opportunity to welcome representatives of real-life Kirikirijin. Come to learn about their life after the catastrophe and why their centuries-old community values mean so much to them and are helping them stand on their own feet.
Menu: Sauteed Swordfish (Kajikimaguro) With Tomato & Olive Sauce, Seasonal Salad