Professor Numano Kyoko speaking on Russian literature at MCU

Professor Numano Kyoko, a renowned researcher and translator of Russian literature at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, visits MCU with a series of lectures and workshops.

Professor Numano’s research interests lie in the area of the Russian-Japanese cultural connections, for several years she has hosted an educational TV show on NHK dedicated to learning Russian. She has translated into Japanese the novels by Boris Akunin, Tatiana Tolstaya, Lyudmila Ulitskaya and Lyudmila Petrushevskaya.

On September 12, the students and teachers of the Institute of Foreign Lannguages attended Professor’s open lecture dedicated to the imagery of Japan in the Silver Age of Russian literature. Professor shared an exciting story of gradual unveiling of Japanese images in the works by Ivan Goncharov, Vladimir Soloviev, Andrey Bely, Lev Gumilev and Konstantin Bal’mont.

The lecture received a very encourging response from the MCU’s students who were impressed at the deep analysis of the Russian classics undertaken by Professor Numano. Students were eager to expand on the topic of reflections on Japan and asked a lot of qestions.

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The history of the intertwining cultural ties between Russia and Japan will be continued on September 13 at the lecture ‘Two encounters of the Russian and Japanese literatures’.


Assembly hall, 2nd floor, 5B Malyj Kazennyj pereulok, Moscow.