June 17 - Rebecca Otowa: Writing from the Crucible of Culture

Speaker: Rebecca Otowa
Date: June 17, 2010 (Thursday)
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m. (6:00-7:00 visiting/bento/potluck; 7:00 meeting begins)
Fee: 1,000 yen SWET, JAT, and SCBWI members; 2,000 yen non-members
Place: Wesley Center (6-10-7 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo) Map (PDF)
No reservations required

Writer, illustrator, teacher, and long-time resident of a rural village in Shiga Prefecture, Rebecca Otowa is author of the recently published At Home in Japan. Drawing on her experience of assimilating into an old rural family, she recounts how writing and drawing mirrored her inner journey, helped clarify relationships between self and other in her life, and focused her observations. Active for many years in the Association of Foreign Wives of Japanese and local culture preservation activities, as well as a teacher in local universities, schools, and even at home, Otowa will also touch on the ways she cultivates her English muse while accepting and growing in her traditional Japanese environment. Copies of At Home in Japan will be on sale at the talk.