Fred Schodt: Cross-Cultural Surfing

SWET Summer Party (Kanto) and Special Lecture

Date: July 16, 2017 (Sun.)
Time: 2:00-6:00 p.m. Refreshments (Potluck and BYOB) 1:00–5:00; Talk from 4:00-5:30; Book Sale 2:00-5:45
Place: Shimazono House, 3-3-3 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (7-minute walk from Sendagi stop (No. 1 exit) on the Chiyoda Line, 15-minute walk from Nippori or Nishi-Nippori stations on the JR line). From Dangozaka-shita intersection on Shinobazu-dori, climb Dangozaka hill to the Dangozaka-ue intersection; turn right; look for the old Meiji-era house that stands on the corner of the second lane to the right.
Special Lecture: Cross-Cultural Surfing

Frederik L. Schodt, a veteran writer, translator, and conference interpreter based in the San Francisco Bay Area, will share anecdotes from his 40-year career and answer questions about his work and connections with Japan. He has written numerous books about Japanese history, technology, and popular culture, and translated numerous novels and non-fiction works. He is perhaps best known for his translations and work related to manga, which is sometimes said to have triggered the current popularity of manga in the United States. He has won numerous awards, including, in 2009, the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his work in the introduction and promotion of Japanese contemporary popular culture in the United States of America. His website is at

Potluck Summer Party
Please bring one dish to share and drinks for yourself and/or to share to contribute to the sideboard. (Some may recall the pleasant gathering SWET held at this venue in 2003.)

Book Fair
A sale of trade fiction, non-fiction, and mysteries collected from SWET members will be held. 100 yen per mass market paperback; 200 yen per trade paperback; 300 yen per hardcover (small hardcover books such as children’s books, 200 yen). There will also be some give-away books.

SWET seeks persons interested in helping with preparations for this event; please contact us at events[at]