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Early Spring Issue (Apr. 2014)


Awarded to the most outstanding literary work

Professor Nobuaki Tochigi wins the 65th Yomiuri Prize for Literature for Ireland Monogatari

Professor Tochigi

Professor Nobuaki Tochigi (Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences), who researches the literature and culture of Ireland, won the 65th Yomiuri Prize for Literature for his work Ireland Monogatari (Tales of Irish Things). The awards ceremony was held on February 24 at the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo. The Yomiuri Prize for Literature is awarded to the most outstanding literary work in multiple categories, as selected from works announced and published during a 1-year period. The 6 award categories are Fiction, Drama, Scenario, Essay and Travelogue, Criticism and Biography, Poetry and Haiku, and Scholarship and Translation. Ireland Monogatari was awarded in the category of Essay and Travelogue.

Ireland Monogatari was born when I was living in Ireland during the foreign residency research period which I received from Waseda University,” said Professor Tochigi with a smile. “I encountered antiques, paintings and old books in Dublin and other places I visited in Ireland. I listened carefully to the tales told by such objects, giving me the impetus to write my book. I never dreamed that such a small written work would receive such praise, but I am very grateful for the recognition.”