Latest Kyoto Journal Issue: Encounters/Transitions

The newly released digital issue of Kyoto Journal, No. 102, brings together accounts of formative experiences in the context of historical momentum. A good example would be Vito Tomasino’s tale of visiting Kyoto as a U.S. Marine on R&R from Korea in 1954, taking the opportunity against significant odds to throw himself briefly into judo training with a Kyoto police team, at a time when postwar Kyoto was re-opening to the world. At age 20, Vito is unknowingly on a... more

Swet Columns

Word Wise: 暗殺について

Word Wise: 暗殺について


安倍元総理が銃撃で亡くなり、ひと月がたった。この驚愕のニュースについて、日本のメディアが「暗殺」と言わないことに若干の雑音があったが、議論にはならなかった。自分だったら「殺害」または「銃撃」と呼び、やはり「暗殺」はなじまない。救急に当たった奈良県立医大病院の担当医の当日記者会見と、その後の司法解剖の監察医の発表とが異なることが大きな原因だが、この事件には弾道・弾丸・死因にさまざまな疑惑が残されており、ひと月たった今も捜査中だし、時代にとって重要... more


Accessing the Professionals’ Toolboxes

Accessing the Professionals’ Toolboxes

On February 26, 2022, translator and editor Rebekah Harmon joined veteran translator and editor Lynne E. Riggs to talk about ways the professional know-how of editors and J-to-E translators can be accessed and better shared. Lynne E. Riggs is co-founder of the Center for Intercultural Communication (1990) and spent 12 years as managing editor of Monumenta Nipponica. A recent SWET member, Rebekah Harmon formerly worked for institutions under METI and MEXT and now works freelance. The... more

SWET Spotlight

Manga Lettering and Translation

Manga Lettering and Translation

By Susan E. Jones

One of the fantastic aspects of SWET is its inclusivity. Not limited to just one part of the long process of publishing in English, it welcomes writers, translators, editors, and other wordsmiths who contribute in various ways to the finished product. The SWET Talk Shop on August 22, 2020 looked at the skilled craftspeople who are contributing to manga-production by giving the floor to three dedicated manga letterers: Sara Linsley, Brandon Bovia, and Phil Christie. Lettering appreciator... more

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