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Travel Writing Meet-up and Workshop (Tokyo): July 19

Travel Writing Meet-up and Workshop (Tokyo): July 19

Please note this was originally scheduled for July 18 but is now on July 19 because of event space availability.

Date: July 19, 2018 (Thurs.)
Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m. 

Location: Tokyo (Book House Café, Jimbocho, 1F Gulliver Room)
http://bookhousecafe.jp/
Come out Jinbocho subway exit A1, turn right and walk about 15 meters to the Kitazawa Building. Look for the SWET sign.

RSVP: Materials will be sent out prior to the meeting, so please contact Rob Goss in advance if you plan to participate in... more

Swet Columns

SWET Kansai Event Report: Photography and Flash Fiction Workshop

SWET Kansai Event Report: Photography and Flash Fiction Workshop

By Rebecca Otowa

I had been dreaming of putting together John Einarsen’s evocative photography and a writing workshop for some months, and on June 9, it came true. It was held in central Kyoto and seven people attended.

In addition to being the founding editor of the respected Kyoto Journal, John has published several books of his photographs, including Kyoto: The Forest within the Gate. In spring 2018, his photography show “The Universe at My Feet,” was part of the Kyotographie+ series of... more

Articles

Workshop: Cultural Translation and the Information Gap

Workshop: Cultural Translation and the Information Gap

by Richard Medhurst

Japanese and English readers come from different cultural backgrounds. References that are familiar to the former, whether from tradition or popular culture, may baffle the latter. The SWET workshop I led on May 17, 2017 tackled cultural translation for the general reader, considering how to handle the “information gap” between the two kinds of readers with the aim of producing translations that are enticing and easy to follow.

Know Your Audience

The workshop began... more

Member Spotlight

Simon Rowe: An Independent Author’s Journey

Simon Rowe: An Independent Author’s Journey

Simon Rowe is an independent writer who currently resides in the city of Himeji, situated in western Honshu and known for its splendidly preserved Edo-period castle. After 20 years of roving the world as a travel writer, he has turned to penning short fiction and screenplays. He has recently self-published a collection of short stories, Good Night Papa: Short Stories from Japan and Elsewhere. (Amazon.com link) SWET interviewed Rowe about his writing and self-publishing philosophy.

What was... 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.