Exploring Japanese Literature


Name Email Phone
John and Jan Kinar jrkinar@charter.net 608-238-2826

This semester we will focus on Japanese literature with one book of non-fiction followed by three novels.

  • The Book of Tea, author: Okakura Kakuzo  (ISBN: 9780983610601)
  • Thousand Cranes, author: Yasunari Kawabata  (ISBN: 9780679762652)
  • Norwegian Wood, author: Haruki Murakami  (ISBN: 9780375704024)
  • The Woman in the Dunes, author: Kobo Abe (ISBN: 9780679733782)

The first book is a work of non-fiction which explores the aesthetic of the Tea Ceremony in Japan. Please read this book before the first class.

The remaining three books are novels by well known and celebrated Japanese authors which will be both challenging and rewarding.


Fitchburg Senior Center

Meeting Day


Meeting Time

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Start Date

March 1, 2019

End Date

May 3, 2019


Regular reading/discussion

Class Size


Class notes

To Enroll: Pre-registration required.Contact course coordinators by email .

Before the first class read the first book: The Book of Tea 

# of Sessions:10


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