News ID: 275571
Published: 1110 GMT October 15, 2020

Persian Literature night to be held in Japan’s capital

Persian Literature night to be held in Japan’s capital

A ceremony to commemorate ancient Iranian poet ‘Hafez’ is to be held in Tokyo, Japan, in a webinar on Sunday.

The ceremony is dubbed Hefez Birth Memorial, "Persian Poetry and Literature as Seen by Japanese Researchers,” IRNA reported on Thursday.

Every year, the Iranian people flock to the tomb of Hafez (1325–1389), known as Hafezieh, in Shiraz, southern Iran, on October 12 (this year, due to leap year, October 11) which is celebrated as Hafez National Day in Iran. But this year, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the program was held virtually.

Mostly about mystical themes, Hafez’s poetry is commonly considered to be the zenith of Persian poetry.

Professor Emiko Okada, the first Japanese to have a PhD in Persian Literature from the University of Tehran, is scheduled to address the Sunday webinar in Tokyo which is sponsored by Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Office in Japan.

She has been researching in Persian Literature and Iranian studies for the past 50 years.

Professor Okada has been devoted to research and teaching students about Persian language and its classical literature at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. She has also been enthusiastically working to introduce Persian classical literary works to Japan.

The Japanese professor has so far published translations of poetry collections from ancient Iranian poets such as Nezami Ganjavi and Hakim Omar Khayyam into Japanese.

As an essayist, she was awarded by the Japan Essayist Club Award in 1982 for "The Heart of the Iranians".

"Iran and I, the Land of Words" was published last year, in which the readers are introduced to the exchanges with the people of Iran and the poetry that the Iranians love. The out-of-print "Iranian Heart" is scheduled to be resold from the Human Archives in November 2020.

She also gave a part of her library about Iranian studies to Iran’s Cultural Representative Office last year.

The webinar is to be held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. local time in Tokyo.

Resource: IRNA
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