An Interview by Prof. Kawai Published in the August Edition of Nikkei: OFF for Adults
An interview with Prof. Toshio Kawai entitled, “Prescriptions for living well: Books read by Hayao Kawai & books recommended by Hayao Kawai” was published in the August edition of Nikkei: OFF for Adults.
In his interview, Prof. Kawai discussed how “‘stories’ were my father’s key-word”, and how “Hayao Kawai excelled in discovering a gem of answers in everything from folklore to contemporary fantasy books, including ‘Japanese mythology (The Kojiki)‘, and, ‘The Tale of Genji‘. It was his style to re-tell these stories.”
In “What it Means to ‘Get Old‘”, one of his many books, Hayao Kawai challenged stereotypes about aging via a discussion of forty books from various eras and cultures.
Accepting changes caused by “aging” and how to live and age well are discussed in “Books read by Hayao Kawai”. The writing, “Eight books on aging” recommended by the late Hayao Kawai’ is introduced in “What it Means to Get Old“, and “Books Recommended by Hayao Kawai” includes five books that unveil the old layers of kokoro”, to offer an answer to the question “how does one live and age well?”.
（Commentary in Japanese：Hisae Konakawa, Research Fellow）