Natsume Soseki Remembered In London

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Leaving your country of origin can take a toll on many aspects, but the Japanese are not a culture that lets new alphabets, languages and cultures get in the way of their heritage. In the centre of the Japanese community, a Japanese educational centre stands tall. The Japanese School in London was established with the involvement of Japanese companies with the aim to further Japanese culture in expat children. Its curriculum is approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education.

When it comes to literature, Japan does not lag behind. Natsume Soseki is the greatest author of modern Japan. 2016 marks one hundred years of his passing, and 2017, the 150th anniversary of his birth. It comes as no surprise that his work is being celebrated in London, where he resided during two years at the turn of the 20th Century. London was a great inspiration to Soseki’s literary works. Last year, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation launched a series of events to celebrate the author, with walks around the city to see the places that inspired him, visits to the place where he lived and a talk about his work, his inspiration and his legacy.