This is a minimally edited audio recording of all the official talks and goings-on at the book launch party for "This Great Stage of Fools", a long-awaited anthology of unreleased and uncollected essays written by Alan Booth, one of the great travel writers on Japan. The party was held at "Good Heavens" bar in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, on May 25th 2018, and was open to the public.
A few of bookmarks are provided for convenience:
00:35 - Stuart Varnam-Atkin, master of ceremonies.
13:56 - Su-Chzeng, Alan's wife
16:29 - Timothy Harris, editor, "This Great Stage of Fools"
19:59 - Tim telling "the story" of "Alan as Caliban" (from Shakespeare's "The Tempest")
23:07 - Ry Beville, Bright Wave Media
30:21 - Michio Kondo (Japanese language speech)
35:26 - Ansei Yokota (English language speech)
57:50 - Mirai, Alan's daughter, performs a reading of the essay "Spring Fancies"
1:12:56 - Michiro Mafune, propietor, "Chigusa" (Japanese language speech)
The video of Alan at Chigusa bar that Mafune-san describes in his talk can be seen here: https://youtu.be/fUO7EYtmTO...
For more information about the book or to buy a copy, please visit the publisher's site: http://brightwavemedia.com/...
My own blog and comments on Alan's body of work can be found at https://fexluz.com