SWET Talk and New Year’s Party

SWET Talk and New Year’s Party

SWET Talk: "Whisper of the Land: Visions of Japan"
Edward Levinson on Writing and Photography

Date: January 16, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Place: Wesley Center, Room 204 (
Fee: 500-yen donation
Attendance: No reservations necessary

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2016 SWET Kanto New Year’s Party

Date: January 16, 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Place: Trattoria Il Paciocconne
Price: ¥5,000 per person (including drinks)
Location: 3-minute walk... more

Member Spotlight

Interview: Kathy Morikawa

Interview: Kathy Morikawa

Kathleen Morikawa, aka Wm. (Wilhelmina) Penn, is the author of The Casebook of Irving and Innocence: The Complete Trilogy. Originally published as three separate ebooks—Thursdays in Yokohama, Fridays in Kamakura, and Saturdays in Sapporo —the complete trilogy was released in paperback and ebook form on Amazon this spring. The ebook version also will be available from Nook, iTunes, Kobo, and Tolino in mid-October.

You’ve been a member of SWET since way back and in fact have been living in... more


Contemporary Japan in Crime Fiction

Contemporary Japan in Crime Fiction

Interview by Suzanne Kamata

A SWET member writing under the pseudonym Lea O’Harra announces her first novel, Imperfect Strangers, published earlier this year in digital form by Endeavour Press (UK) and in print by Fine Line Press (New Zealand) and available on Amazon. Shikoku-based writer Suzanne Kamata asked the new author a few questions by email on behalf of SWET.

Imperfect Strangers is a murder mystery set in small-town, present-day Japan. President Nomura, head of a university in a... more

Swet Columns

The New Self-Publishing in Japan: Seven Things You Need to Know

The New Self-Publishing in Japan: Seven Things You Need to Know

By Kathleen Morikawa

Since February 2013, I’ve called Zon (aka Amazon) home. Most of this galaxy’s self-publishers do. It’s a planet all our own where we try to survive, thrive and keep our books alive. Zon has many rules and many residents who try to skirt, ignore and overcome the rules. It’s a place inhabited by those who excel at the publishing game, those who don’t even know the rules of the game, and those who aren’t ever going to win the game but play anyway. In short, like most of... more

A Community for Japan-Related Writing Professionals

Based in Tokyo, Japan, SWET comprises people engaged not only in the three professions of writing, editing, and translating, but also in teaching, research, rewriting, design and production, copywriting, and other areas related to the written word in Japan.

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