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SWET Tokyo Summer Party and Art Exhibit, August 5, 2018 (Sunday) at Rikugien Garden

SWET Tokyo Summer Party and Art Exhibit, August 5, 2018 (Sunday) at Rikugien Garden

Time:  1:00–4:00 p.m.
Place: Shinsentei teahouse, Rikugien, Komagome, Tokyo (see below for details)
Fee: The event itself is free of charge, but there is a 300-yen admission fee to enter the Rikugien grounds.
Potluck: Please bring one dish and drinks to contribute to a late lunch. (Paper plates and cups, chopsticks, forks, and napkins will be provided)
RSVPPlease let us know if you are coming so we can gauge numbers. And we'd love to hear if you’re planning something special for the... more

Swet Columns

EVENT REPORT – SWET Travel Writing Meet-up

EVENT REPORT – SWET Travel Writing Meet-up

By Rob Goss

The new travel writing group within SWET is up and running. Seventeen people came together on July 19 for the first meeting on a hot and humid night in Tokyo, some traveling from as far as Niigata and Kobe to the Book House Cafe, Jinbocho, Tokyo. We had a mix of writers, photographers, translators, interpreter-guides, and two tourism ambassadors for Izumo in Shimane prefecture.

The plan for the meeting was to spend the first half looking at what constitutes travel writing and... 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.