Colorful: Eto Mori

This October and November, the Japan Foundation, Toronto is pleased to bring to you a number of events celebrating the Japanese author Eto Mori and her classic book Colorful.

(Photo credit: Toshiharu Sakai)

Toronto International Festival of Authors 2021

Colorful: Eto Mori

Friday, October 29, 4:30 PM (EDT) | Details >

Since its initial release over 20 years ago, Eto Mori‘s Colorful (translated to English by Jocelyne Allen) has become a part of the literary canon all around the world. The beloved bestselling classic is finally available in English, and we are delighted to introduce it on the TIFA virtual stage. Hear from Mori about the groundbreaking tale of a dead soul who gets a second chance, and his journey to seeing the true colors of those around him a little more clearly, and through them, seeing himself a little better too. Registration required.

This event will be presented in Japanese and English, and is proudly supported by The Japan Foundation, Toronto.

Colorful カラフル
Friday, November 5, 9:00 PM – Sunday November 7, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Directed by HARA Keiichi | 2010 | 126 minutes | Japanese with English Subtitles | TrailerDetails and registration >

Cinephiles can also look forward to a special FREE film screening of the beautifully animated feature film is based on the novel, telling the tale of a dead soul who gets a second chance in the body of a 14 year-old.

Writings and Adaptations: Author Eto Mori interviewed by Author Kerri Sakamoto

Friday, November 5 to TBD | Details and registration >

Pre-recorded interview will be available on the film’s event page in the link above.
Registrants for the virtual screening of Colorful can also watch it on the online platform Eventive.

Acclaimed Canadian author Kerri Sakamoto interviews Eto Mori on her book Colorful and its adaptation into an animated film directed by Keiichi Hara. Sakamoto asks how Mori views authors’ ownership to their works, opportunities and challenges of literary works and visual works, and characters depicted in her original book and the film. Interpretation provided by Jocelyne Allen.

JFT Book Club Online: Colorful by Eto Mori, moderated by Kris Kosaka

Wednesday, November 10, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (EDT) | Details and registration >

For the upcoming JFT Book Club Online, we will discuss Colorful (カラフル), a beloved and bestselling classic in Japan, written by Eto Mori. Please email the library at to reserve your seat.

Colorful by Eto Mori is available for circulation on JFT OverDrive.

Parallel Worlds: Translating Colorful
Interview with author Eto Mori & translator Jocelyne Allen, moderated by Dr. Mimi Okabe

Thursday, November 18, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (EDT) | Details and registration >

Author Eto Mori, sits down with her translator Jocelyne Allen and moderator Dr. Mimi Okabe to talk about translating Colorful into English. Get the inside scoop on the process and insights of their successful collaboration on this classic work.