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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


Making Memoir: From Situation to Story

Making Memoir: From Situation to Story

With Leza Lowitz and Tracy Slater

Moderator: Liane Wakabayashi

Date: November 28, 2015 (Saturday)
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. (doors open for socializing at 6:00)
Place: Wesley Center, Minami Aoyama (Tokyo) Room 204 (Map)

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The road to memoir is paved with good intentions. How do you move from situation to story? How much truth do you tell? And what about privacy? What changes have to be made for narrative flow? How do you... 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

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Bento Books: A Translator-Driven Publisher

Bento Books: A Translator-Driven Publisher

By Avery Fischer Udagawa

Alexander O. Smith, Tony Gonzalez, and Joseph Reeder founded Bento Books in 2011 to “bring contemporary Japanese fiction to new audiences.” The company has since published titles such as Math Girls by Hiroshi Yuki, translated by Gonzalez, and Cage on the Sea by Kaoru Ohno, translated by Giles Murray. Here the cofounders respond to questions from SWET about their history, activities, and vision.

Photo: Bento Books cofounders Tony Gonzalez (left) and Joseph Reeder... more

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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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