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Sat 7 Mar 2015, 1:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Ellen Melville Centre, Cnr High St & Freyberg Plce, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • General Admission: Free
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Listed by: storyofgenji2015

For the first time in New Zealand, Professor Hiroaki Sera from Japan will give a public seminar in Auckland about The Tale of Genji. Sometimes described as the world's first novel, this masterpiece of Japanese literature was written by noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the Heian period (11th century). Protagonist Hikaru Genji ("Shining Genji") is a man of wealth and power who devotes himself to love, at the risk of losing everything. Enter the royal court of medieval Japan and follow Genji's attempts to find perfect love in an imperfect world.

1.00~1.40 Greetings, Talk part 1
1.40~2.00 Break
2.00~2.40 Talk part 2
3.00~4.00 Tea ceremony demonstration *Limited number (please register for a free ticket)

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Professor Hiroaki Sera (born 1940). Doctor of Educational Studies.
Fascinated by The Tale of Genji, he pursued his studies in this field and graduated from the Department of Japanese Language and Literature at the Faculty of Letters, Hiroshima University.
He has held lectures and group reading events focused on ‘The Tale of Genji’, both in Japan and overseas. Since retiring, he has continued to read and discuss The Tale of Genji with the people of Hiroshima and Tokushima.

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