In the third interview series of Living Histories, the Japan Foundation is hosting live events with Akira Isogawa and Junko Morimoto. Living Histories explores the lives and work of extraordinary people who link Australia and Japan. A former Tokyo correspondent Ian McArthur will sit down with Isogawa and Morimoto during the series.
Isogawa is one of Australia’s most talented fashion exports to Paris fashion week. He was born in Kyoto Japan, and moved to Australia in the 80s. Since then, his collections have hit international run ways, he’s won a string of awards, designed costumes for the Sydney Dance Company and continues to show at Australian fashion weeks.
Children’s book artist, Junko Morimoto survived the Hiroshima atomic bombing in 1945, aged 13. Morimoto studied Fine Arts at a Kyoto university and moved to Australia in the early 80s. Since then, she has created a total of 14 picture books including My Hiroshima (1997) and the latest title Big Nuisance. Her books are also published in the USA, EU countries, Japan and South Korea.
Aug 31 Akira Isogawa
Sep 14 Junko Morimoto
For more information, head to the Japan Foundation website.