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Visiting Japanese novelist encourages youths to find self-worth

Visiting Japanese novelist encourages youths to find self-worth

Taipei, Feb. 8 (CNA) Visiting Japanese novelist Ira Ishida of the popular urban mystery series Ikebukuro West Gate Park has encouraged young people to find their self-worth and not give up despite the adverse economic environment. Some young people are losing their dreams because of the widening gap between the rich and the poor, which is a worldwide phenomenon, the 53-year-old, who is visiting Taipei to promote his books, told reporters Friday at the Taipei International Book Exhibition. Ishida encouraged these youths to develop their own opinions and not drift with the current. His mystery series follow a young man named Makoto, who hangs out at the Ikebukuro West Gate Park, a place in Tokyo supposedly known for youth gangs, and depicts the lives of marginal members of society. It was made into a popular Japanese TV series of the same name. Meanwhile, the writer said he will consider adding elements of Chinese culture in his future novels as he has had more exposure to Chinese culture in recent years. Ishida, who is in Taiwan for the first time, was also intrigued by Taiwan's night market culture and said he was especially impressed by the shaved ice. The first volume of the Ikebukuro West Gate Park series were was published in Taiwan in 2004. On Friday, Ishida also unveiled the Chinese version of the final episode of the first volume at the book fair. There are 10 episodes in the first volume. He also participated in a book signing event that day to interact with fans. (By Sabine Cheng and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-10-22 21:00 GMT+08:00