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.

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 (the archetypal SWET member, eh!) for the webzine Artscape Japan and the Books from Japan website. When I... more

Interview: Judith Clancy

Judith Clancy on Kyoto’s Gardens Kyoto Gardens: Masterworks of the Japanese Gardener’s Art. Text by Judith Clancy, photography by Ben Simmons. Tuttle Publishing, 2014. ISBN 978-4-8053-1321-3. Veteran writer and expert on Kyoto, where she has been a resident and member of the community since 1970, teams up with professional photographer Ben Simmons in this lavishly illustrated introduction to selected gardens in the... more

Interview: Jade Michael Carter, Resourcecode Media Inc.

In 2011, when SWET began to work on a major redesign of its website, we called on Vancouver-based Jade Carter as one who would be attuned to the tastes and needs of a wordsmith community rooted in Japan but reaching out around the world. Carter’s familiarity with the values and aesthetics that we have become attached to through our connections... 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