The 11th Inoue Yasushi Award Ceremony for Outstanding Research in Japanese Literature, Culture and Art

20 October, 2017

Inoue Yasushi Award for Outstanding Research in Japanese Literature, Culture and Art has been awarded annually, beginning in 2007, for the best refereed journal article or book chapter published in English by a researcher based in Australia or New Zealand during the previous year.

Inoue Yasushi was a prominent post-Second World War novelist and poet. He wrote in many genres ranging from contemporary novels focusing on social problems to historical novels. He was a unique writer who managed to combine serious themes with fascinating and intriguing plots. Inoue’s works are still very popular, reaching a wide general readership as well as scholars and intellectuals. The Inoue Yasushi Memorial Foundation established the award in order to encourage Australian interest in Japanese literature generally, and in Inoue Yasushi more particularly. The Foundation also generously donated 28 volumes of Inoue Yasushi’s collected works, which can be found in the East Asian Collection of Fisher Library at the University of Sydney.


This year’s 2017 award winner is Dr Royall Tyler, distinguished translator of Japanese literature, whose notable translations include The Tale of Genji and The Tale of Heike (both published by Penguin).

Short Biography:

Living in Australia since 1990, Professor Royall Tyler has been a leading contributor to the understanding and appreciation of Japanese literature in the country through his teaching, his scholarship, and his translations, including premodern masterpieces such as the Tale of Genji, the Ise stories, and the Tale of the Heike; a number of Noh theatre plays; and modern literary authors such as Yasuoka Shōtarō and Fukunaga Takehiko. Educated in France and the United States, Professor Tyler holds a B.A. in East Asian Languages from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Columbia University; after retiring from his professorship at the Australian National University in the year 2000, he continues to be very active as a scholar and translator.  In 2008, he received the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, in recognition of his excellence in Japanese Studies, and in 2016, he was the winner of the biennial New South Wales Premier’s Translation Prize for his contribution to literary culture in Australia.

Location: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium

Contact:Mats Karlsson