International PEN Congress in Tokyo 2010

Schedule and venue of the 76th International PEN Congress Tokyo 2010


Dear PEN colleagues and friends,

We are preparing the 76th International PEN Congress Tokyo Congress 2010.You're your travel arrangements, we would like to inform the date and the venue of the Congress beforehand.
Please come not only the Congress but also Literary Forum and Kyoto session.

Venue: Shinjuku Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo (for PEN congress)
Waseda University, Tokyo (for Literary Forum)

Schedule (tentative)

1 Literary Forum/Seminar September 23rd to September 30th
2 Opening Ceremony September 26th
3 International PEN Congress/Seminar September 27th to September 30th
4 Post congress Tour/Seminar in Kyoto October 1st to October 3rd

Further details of Congress will be sent through the PEN centers in April 2010.

February 22nd, 2010

Best regard,

Secretariat for the Congress
The Japan P.E.N Club

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Year 2010 - International PEN Congress in Tokyo

Based on our long-held desire to stage the International PEN Congress in Tokyo, The Japan took action to extend this invitation to the International PEN Secretariat (at London headquarters) and the PEN centres in each country. At the congress recently held in Bogotá, Colombia, our proposal was accepted, with the official decision being made to hold the 2010 congress in Tokyo (International PEN Congress Tokyo 2010) over a period of approximately one week in the end of-September.
This will be third time Tokyo has been host, the first two being 1957 (Yasunari Kawabata, chairman) and 1984 (Yasushi Inoue, chairman). The year 2010 will also be the 75th anniversary year of the founding of the Japan P.E.N. Club (Toson Shimazaki, founding chairman).

The theme of International PEN Congress Tokyo 2010 - "Environment and Literature"

The theme for "International PEN Congress Tokyo 2010" is "Environment and Literature".
The topic of "the environment" is a wide one, however, and what we are envisioning is not limited to the global warming and environmental destruction problems that are currently the subject of worldwide debate. It goes without saying that many aspects of human birth, aging, sickness and death are intimately connected to the natural world. The actions of nature, from the miniscule elementary particle and gene level to the huge scale of the solar system and universe, exert tangible and intangible forces on the era and society as well as influencing the way people live and their ideas and literature. From a broad perspective, it could be said that the theme of "Environment and Literature" encompasses everything involving human beings.
At the root of the International PEN Congress Tokyo 2010 theme of "Environment and Literature" is a question: In what ways can literature express and portray the environment as something which exerts such a controlling influence on human life and circumstance?

Assembly of Delegates of International PEN Congress

International PEN Congress normally comprises two parts: (1) the annual Assembly of Delegates with two representatives from each country over the world participated in the annual Assembly of Delegates as well as the committees' meetings.
We plan to hold the Assembly of Delegates at the Keio Plaza Hotel in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo.

Literary Forum

Literary Forum covering literary topics and including a general audience While "literature and the environment" will be a common theme extending across both these two parts, we will be making a special effort to hold substantive Literary Forum activities.
For the Literary Forum activities, with the cooperation of Tokyo area universities such as Waseda University , we are arranging for the use of facilities worthy of an international event, and we plan to hold activities open not only to writers from Japan and abroad but also to literature readers and community residents.
We anticipate that during the congress period the Literary forum will be the subject of consideration in a variety of venues, including symposiums, lectures, public readings, video documentaries, etc.

Congress organization

The International PEN Congress Tokyo 2010 Executive Committee is chaired by Japan P.E.N. Club president Takashi Atoda , the chief secretary for International Conferences is Japan P.E.N. Club senior managing director Jiro Asada, and the chief secretary for the Literary Forum is Japan P.E.N. Club managing director Shinobu Yoshioka.


Please contact the Secretariat of the Japan P.E.N. Club, e-mail: the Japan P.E.N. Club, 20-3 Nihonbashi Kabutocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0026, Tel +81-3-5614-5391,Fax +81-3-5695-7686). for any inquiries of the Congress.