Edwina Palmer is the winner of the 6th Inoue Yasushi Award for Outstanding Research in Japanese Literature in Australia and New Zealand. This is awarded annually for the best refereed journal article or book chapter published in English during the previous year by a researcher based in Australia or, from 2010, New Zealand.

Edwina is the first New Zealand award winner, for her article: “A Poem to Carp About? Poem 16–3828 of the Man’yōshū collection,” Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, 74, 3 (2011), pp. 417–436. She received the award at a ceremony on Friday 1 June 2012 at Sydney Conservatorium from the author’s eldest daughter, Mrs. Ikuyo Uraki, who had travelled from Tokyo especially for the event.

Inoue Yasushi (1907–1991) was one of Japan’s most acclaimed and prolific novelists of the 20th century. The author’s two daughters, Mrs. Ikuyo Uraki and Mrs. Yoshiko Kuroda, and his nephew, Mr. Masanori Ohtani, established the Inoue Yasushi Memorial Foundation to fulfill the author’s wish to disseminate research into Japanese literature internationally. The award was established under the auspices of the Inoue Yasushi Memorial Foundation, the Inoue Family and Masanori Ohtani; it receives sponsorship from The Japan Foundation, and is hosted by the University of Sydney Department of Japanese Studies. It was inaugurated for five years in 2007, and extended for a further ten years to include New Zealand.

The award ceremony was combined with celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of Australia–Japan Joint Business Conference and the 55th Anniversary of the Australia–Japan Agreement on Commerce. Performances included a choral setting of Inoue Yasushi’s Silk Road poems, and a reading of his poems by his daughter Mrs. Yoshiko Kuroda with background music “Silk Road Suite I–IV” by Associate Dean of Sydney Conservatorium, Hideki Isoda, photographs by Seigo Otsuka and paintings by Ikuo Hirayama.

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