The “Kamakura Bunshi”: They Came, They Saw, They Wrote

Speaker: Burritt Sabin
Date: June 15, 2024
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Yamanouchi Community Hall, 1364 Yamanouchi, Kita-Kamakura (山ノ内公会堂, 2 minutes’ walk south of Kita Kamakura Station (next to Tokei-ji) 
Fee: Free of charge (no reservations required)

From the second decade of the last century through the postwar era, prominent writers relocated to Kamakura from the capital. They were dubbed the “Kamakura Bunshi,” the “Kamakura Writers.” Who were they? Why did they migrate to Kamakura? How do their novels and poems, essays and scripts describe the city? What was their legacy? Burritt Sabin, author of Kamakura: A Contemplative Guide and A Historical Guide to Yokohama, answers those and other questions in his talk on the “Kamakura Bunshi,” a coterie whose members include Nobel, Yomiuri, Noma, and Mainichi Film prize laureates and the namesakes of the Osaragi Jiro and Takami Jun prizes.

Burritt Sabin first came to Japan as a naval officer in 1975, and has lived here ever since. He later embarked on a career in journalism, writing columns for the Asahi Shimbun and the Japan Times.

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