SWET Talk and New Year’s Party

SWET Talk: "Whisper of the Land: Visions of Japan"
Edward Levinson on Writing and Photography

Date: January 16, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Place: Wesley Center, Room 204 (http://www.wesleyfoundationjp.com/en/access.html)
Fee: 500-yen donation
Attendance: No reservations necessary

Followed by

2016 SWET Kanto New Year’s Party

Date: January 16, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Place: Trattoria Il Paciocconne
Price: ¥5,000 per person (including drinks)
Location: 3-minute walk from Wesley Center; map: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1306/A130602/13004717/
RSVP: Seats for the party will be limited (18-20), so please reserve early; contact events@swet.jp.  (Those attending the party are requested to pay in cash at the restaurant; receipts will be provided upon request. If you have to cancel, please try to do so before noon on the 15th.)

About the Slideshow and Talk:
The slideshow and talk by Edward Levinson will feature a wide variety of his photography created in Japan over more than 30 years. Levinson’s writing has a strong visual aspect; his talk will cover how he combines writing with this photography and how photographs and writing play off each other in the creative process. He will also discuss the strong influence of Japanese culture on his work; his experiential, non-fiction first-person essays are often accented with haiku and poems.

Levinson will talk about the process of writing and publishing his book Whisper of the Land (Fine Line Press, 2014) and share short readings from this collection of essays based on 35 years of “living the good life” in Japan.

Photography has become an important skill for writers to have. Audience interaction will be encouraged and Levinson is also happy to offer photography tips concerning technique and equipment.

Signed copies of Levinson’s books will be on sale at special prices.

About Edward Levinson:
A resident of the Boso peninsula, Edward has been in Japan since 1979. His memoir, Whisper of the Land, was published by Fine Line Press in 2014. He has published two books in Japanese by Iwanami Shoten and an award-winning photo book, Timescapes Japan. He has collaborated photographically on many natural food and country lifestyle books in Japanese with his partner, author Tsuruta Shizuka.

"Whisper of the Land" book website http://www.whisperoftheland.com
Edward’s “Edo Photos” Photography website http://www.edophoto.com

SWET Facebook Event page for Talk https://www.facebook.com/events/1054611151263289/
SWET Facebook Event page for Party https://www.facebook.com/events/1030928063631711/