Speaker: Jeff Robbins (author of Basho4Now)
(Meeting arranged in conjunction with SWET (Society of Writers, Editors and Translators))
Time: 2-5
Place: B101 of Shofukan building in the Omiya campus of Ryukoku University.  Less than 15 minutes walk from Kyoto JR station. The Shofukan building stands on the south-east corner of the Shichijo Omiya intersection. (If going by taxi, say Shichijo Omiya, or to avoid confusion, Nanajo Omiya.) The guard man in the building will direct you downstairs to the basement lecture room 101.
Fee: ¥500 for SWET and/ or WiK members. For non-members ¥1,000.


Talk details   Humanity in Basho:  a two-part lecture with Q&A

Doors open at 2.00

2.30-3.30: Part I — Difficulties and Solutions in Translating Basho — interpersonal messages, realization of ordinary words, poetry of verbs, coherence, a graceful musical quality.

4.00-5.00 Part II — Love and Sex in Basho Renku — romance, sensuality, passion, adolescent love, shame, disappointment, parting, prostitutes, rape, old age, masculinity, vows. 

Japanese and Romanization for all poems discussed will be provided in handouts.

Speaker:  Jeff Robbins has studied, translated, and interpreted Basho’s works for 35 years, and compiled  the only substantial collections of Basho linked verse, tanka, letters, and spoken word in English.

Jeff’s articles on Basho include Kyoto vs. Home, New Year BashoBasho’s Letters to Uko, Basho in Saga and Basho in Zeze.
For an interview with him about his work, see here.