One of the key themes of this year’s festival is Japanese fiction – a very broad artistic area, reaching from short stories to stage plays to manga to cinema.

Fortunately for those non-Norwegian speaking visitors to the festival, many of the Japanese events will be undertaken in English – here is one suggestion from all you Japanophiles of how to make the most of you festival time.

Japanese authors taking part in the festival include: Mieko Kawakami, Hiromi Kawakami, Hiromi Ito, Yukiko Motoya, Yoko Tawada and Takashi Hiraide.  

Opening performance: “Tell me” | tuesday 29.05 | 19.00-21.00 | Maihaugsalen
Our Little Sister | wednesday 30.05 | 14.00-14.50 | Lillehammer Cinema, screen 5
How To Like yourself | thursday 31.05 | 13.00-13.50 | Galleri Zink
Women and exclusion in Norway and Japan | thursday 31.05 | 17.00-17.50 | Litteraturhus Lillehammer
The sensitivity of social interaction |thursday 31.05 | 18.00-18.50 | The tent on Stortorget
I’m happy, fantastic. Thank you, really |friday 01.06 | 16:0016:50 | The tent on Stortorget


Of course, there are many more Japanesed themed events, as well as almost 50 English language events.  For the full English language programme, click here