A lecture and autograph session by Mr. PMGL, the bande dessinée (manga) artist who created the manga series “HARUKI MURAKAMI 9 STORIES”, which is a manga series based on Haruki Murakami's nine short stories with JC Duvenis, was held at the university, and approximately 70 participated on Thursday, October. This lecture is one of the "Autumn Reading 2023" events sponsored by French-Japanese Institute of Kansai and is co-sponsored by Department of French Studies, Faculty of Foreign Studies, the university. Assistant Professor Misato Morita, the Department, served as the moderator, and part-time Assistant Professor Nanae Tsuda, a graduate student, and Hibiki Yamashita, a senior student, Department of French Studies, provided consecutive interpretation.
Mr. PMGL talked about the history how it led to the creation of the work, the appeal of Murakami's literature, the reactions from fans and readers called "Harukist," the behind-the-scenes stories, and the detailed gismo scattered throughout the work at the lecture. He gave the message at the end, “Please feel free to do what you want,” and the participants listened intently.
After the lecture, the Japanese version of “Haruki Murakami 9 stories” was sold and an autograph session was held, and the illustrations that were improvised in response to requests were cheered by the participants, saying “Amazing! So cute!” and was a great success with many people lined up.