TED (Goossen) Talks

Canada Japan Society presents


Olympic Dreams: Tokyo Real and Imagined, from 1964 to 2020. A look at Tokyo’s evolution over 50+ years, as portrayed in film and literature.

About this Event

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

@JFT, free Admission, RSVP required


Prof. Goossen talks about the city of Tokyo and the symbolism of the Olympics of 1964 and, again, of 2020. He will include references to works by the two Murakamis, Coin-Locker Babies (Ryu), and The Hard-Boiled Wonderland and The End of the World (Haruki), as well as the anime Akira. Hosted by the Canada Japan Society of Toronto in partnership with the Japan Foundation.

Theodore (Ted) Goossen is Professor of Humanities at York University in Toronto, Canada, a founding member of the Department of Contemporary Literary Studies at the University of Tokyo, and a co-founder of the Canada Japan Society. He has translated many Japanese authors including Hiromi Kawakami, Yukio Mishima, and Haruki Murakami and is editor of The Oxford Book of Japanese Short Stories and co-editor of Monkey Business International, the first Japanese literary magazine to be made available in an English version.