Member Spotlight

SWET’s far-flung community pulses with activity. Members are carving a niche, polishing skills, sharing expertise, and building toward aspirations. What are they doing? Why do they do it? What do they think about it? What can we learn from them? SWET interviews members with an achievement to celebrate, a significant occasion to mark, or something special to share. Let us know what you are doing. To arrange an interview, Contact Us. The SWET Blogroll features personal blogs of members in the Member Spotlight page sidebar.

Hugh Ashton: Technical Writer and Man of Mystery

Hugh Ashton: Technical Writer and Man of Mystery

A core member of SWET for more than two decades and resident of Japan for 28 years, Hugh Ashton recently announced his decision to move back to England, whence he came in 1988. As a speaker and leader of workshops, writer of articles, and behind-the-scenes technician and wordsmith, Ashton... more

Interview: Suzanne Kamata

Interview: Suzanne Kamata

On Writing, and Promoting, Diverse Books

Suzanne Kamata has become a respected author for teens and adults, probing issues of physical ableness and cultural identity. An experienced anthologist, she has also edited short fiction about Japan, as well as nonfiction about multicultural motherhood... more

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... more

Nancy Singleton Hachisu on TV!

Nancy Singleton Hachisu on TV!

The author of Japanese Farm Food, SWET member, and long-time resident of Saitama prefecture, Hachisu has begun appearing in segments of the Fuji TV program Tokoro-san no Nippon no Deban (Rediscover Japan). Her segment appears next on Tues. July 21, 7:00–9:00 p.m. Hachisu cooked for SWET’s 2013... more

Phyllis Birnbaum: Another gripping biography

Phyllis Birnbaum: Another gripping biography

Novelist, biographer, journalist, editor and translator Phyllis Birnbaum is based in Watertown, Massachusetts. Her publications include Modern Girls, Shining Stars, the Skies of Tokyo: Five Japanese Women and a biography, Glory in a Line: A Life of Foujita—the Artist Caught Between East and West... more

Interview: Alan Gleason

Interview: Alan Gleason

Alan Gleason and Bilingual Book Translation

The Japan Culture Book. Written by Miura Fumiko; translated by Alan Gleason. The Japan Times, 2015. ISBN 978-4-7890-1580-6.

Alan tells us:

In addition to doing freelance translation projects like this book, I work as a writer, editor and translator... more

SWET Member Blogroll

Victoria Ferauge - The Franco-American Flophouse

Blog on Victoria’s expat life in Japan and France

Mike Lloret - Balefire: Mostly irreverent, often cynical, occasionally serious…

Personal blog on living in Japan at retirement age

Suzanne Kamata - Gaijin Mama

Lively posts on writing and publishing, mothering, the literary life, and getting an MFA

Holly Thompson - Holly Thompson's blog on writing, teaching, living and learning

Blog done in creative visual fashion

Greg Goodmacher - Onsen (Hot Spring) Addict in Japan

Personal blog about onsen in Japan

Matthew Apple - Taking Leave: Fathers and Child Care in Japan

Personal blog on being a father in Japan

Paul Cipywnyk - Paul Cipywnyk's Blog

Photography blog from Vancouver, Canada