Transcending national boundaries,
the Japan Foundation Asia Center carries out
cultural exchange programs to build up heart-to-heart
relationships between people and enrich the future of Asia.


Asian Literature Project "YOMU" / Indonesia


March 11, 2022: "Literary Festivals in Indonesia" (Interview)

March 8, 2022: "Cemeteries Are Everyday Life"―Five Indonesian Writers Talk Pandemic Normality (Roundtable talk)

February 25, 2022: "We Are a Nation of Wounds" (Interview)

Portrayal of Today's Indonesia in Literature

From Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 14,000 islands boasting a diversity of regional cultures and livelihoods, the project has invited five up-and-coming authors to contribute newly-written works that reflect the era of the "new normal." These authors include Jakarta-based travel writer Agustinus Wibowo; Azhari Aiyub, a writer based in the autonomous province of Aceh in Sumatra, known for its Islamic government; Faisal Oddang, an author and poet from the island of Sulawesi; Intan Paramaditha, a native of Bandung, the capital of West Java province, who is now based in Australia; and Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie, one of the rising young authors from Lampung, Sumatra. We hope you will enjoy their unique short stories and essays.


Short Stories

  • Open Tribunal by Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie / translated by Stephen J. Epstein
  • On Sounds by Faisal Oddang / translated by Rara Rizal

All works were written in Indonesian.

Literary Arts Scene in Indonesia