SWET 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.

Entering into the World I Created: Interview with Karen Hill Anton, author of “A Thousand Graces”  

Karen Hill Anton is well known for her columns in the Japan Times, which she described in an article for SWET’s series on English-language newspaper columnists. Her memoir, The View From Breast Pocket Mountain, beloved by a wide readership, has earned three literary awards. She spoke to SWET about her memoir at length for a SWET Talk Shop in August... more

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... more

Inclusive Language and Translations

From the SWET Newsletter Archive/Editors’ Corner Note: This article was written and updated last in 2015 and SWET is aware that language has been changing rapidly in the last decade. We refer readers to articles such as the following for further reading and reference. Contact SWET to contribute links to further reading and suggestions at SWET "Stop Saying ‘Diverse’ When You Mean Something... more

Doreen Simmons: Teacher, Writer, Editor, Commentator

Our Doreen—everyone’s Doreen—is gone. Proud founding member of SWET, stalwart contributor to the long-running Newsletter, and to SWET's cyber-age website, colleague, friend, cheerleader, stage player, savant, linguist, teacher, musician, grammarian, rewriter, editor, sumo commentator—the list could go on. We will miss her and remember her always. May she rest in peace, knowing she has a firm place in our hearts. A... more

Jared Lubarsky: What Puts the Spring in My Step

Author of the recently published Counter-Kabuki: Sixty-Seven Playlets on the Silly Side of Life in Japan, Jared Lubarsky has been a full-time resident of Barcelona, Spain, since 2005. He was raised in Massachusetts and did his undergraduate and graduate studies in Pennsylvania, where he also had his first teaching job, at Haverford College. He arrived in Tokyo in 1976 to work... more

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... more

SWET Member Blogroll

Books on Asia

Book reviews and more

Holly Thompson - Blog on writing, teaching, living and learning

Poetry and more

Rebecca Otowa's Blog

Assorted reveries

Greg Goodmacher - Onsen (Hot Spring) Addict in Japan

As the name suggests, about onsen in Japan

Tim Patrick - Japan Everyday

Articles about everyday life in Japan

Jennifer O'Donnell - J-En Translation

Japanese-English translation

Suzanne Kamata - Gaijin Mama

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

Paul Cipywnyk - Paul Cipywnyk's Blog

Photography from Vancouver, Canada