A meditation on costume play, Thirty-Six New Views of Mount Fuji and other inspirations from Japan
Launching the Osaka University/Trinity College Dublin Joint Symposium “The Art of Friendship”, this talk will consider the manifold ways that Japan has influenced the life and works of Irish scholar Peter MacMillan, artist, translator and author of Noh plays. Exploring MacMillan’s prints based on Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji and the Noh plays of Zeami, the talk will include readings from MacMillan’s works as well as reflections on translation and the reciprocal nature of the creative process.
Peter MacMillan was born and grew up in Irish countryside and graduated from University College Dublin. A citizen of both Ireland and Britain, he has lived in Japan for twenty-five years and strives to be a bridge between Japan and the world. MacMillan is currently a Visiting Professor at Kyorin University and also teaches at The University of Tokyo. In addition to creating woodblock prints under the name of Seisai, MacMillan is also a poet and translator. His translation, One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each (Hyakunin Isshu), was published by Columbia University Press in 2008, winning prizes in both Japan and the United States. His recent English translation of the Tales of Ise (Ise Monogatari) was published by Penguin in 2016. He has also published a collection of poetry, Admiring Fields (Camponetta, 2012).