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2017.03.14 Latvian Book Fair 2017
From February 24 to 26, the Latvian Book Fair 2017 will be held in Latvia’s capital, Riga, the largest city in the Baltic states. The venue for the 20th instalment of this International Book and Publishers Exhibition is the Ķīpsala International Exhibition Centre.

Japan and Latvia re-established their diplomatic relationship in 1991 and Japan's first resident ambassador to Latvia was appointed in 2009. According to the website of the Japanese Embassy in Riga, there has been a number of public and private events to promote cultural exchange between the two countries. As one example of such exchange, the first Japanese-Latvian movie, ‘Magic Kimono’ by Latvian director Maris Martinsons, was produced in 2015, with leading actress Kaori Momoi visiting the country for filming. This is the city where former J-League Yokohama F-Marinos striker Yosuke Saito continues his career; he now plays for Riga FC in the Latvian Higher League. Most Latvians can speak more than one language, and many of the younger generation have no trouble communicating in English.

The number of exhibitors at the Latvian Book Fair this year is expected to be 61 in total, coming not only from Latvia, but also from Russia and Turkey. As well as the ‘Cheerful Reading-Room’, where little readers and their parents are introduced to a diverse range of books and intellectual games, the event organizer also hosts the ‘Book Exchange Point’, where visitors can exchange books they bring to the booth from a large collection of approximately 3000 donated books. 

A cultural program called the ‘Big Stage’ will add diversity to the fair, featuring readings by authors and book releases, and a new ‘Writer’s Living-Room’. On February 24, Italian professor Nuccio Ordine will give a seminar here to the audience. One of the world’s top experts on Renaissance literature, his books have been translated into twenty different languages including Japanese. An English paperback edition of his recent work, ‘L’Utilità Dell’Inutile (The Usefulness of the Useless)', will be on sale from March through Amazon. 

Please refer to the following websites for details:
 
http://www.bt1.lv/bt1/lbf/?link=10000000

http://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/area/latvia/data.html

http://www.lv.emb-japan.go.jp/itprtop_ja/index.html

https://www.amazon.co.jp/Usefulness-Useless-Nuccio-Ordine/dp/1589881168