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The SWET Mentoring Program

The SWET Mentoring Program

The SWET mentoring program is a framework for sharing our collective wealth of experience and skills, and for nurturing the rising generation of wordsmiths in Japan-related fields. Our mentoring coordinators play matchmaker between experienced professionals and those in early stages of their careers. A participant may be a mentor in one field and a mentee in another—for instance, an accomplished patent... more

Year-end Meet-up Online, December 10, via Zoom

Year-end Meet-up Online, December 10, via Zoom

Date: Saturday, December 10, 2022 Time: 10:00–12:00 noon (meeting open from 9:30)

Register in advance for this meeting (updated URL...there was a mistake earlier): https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqduCppjwoGNJuDJ5jLBn8RWi6UOO-GFLS

We’ll wrap up our 42nd SWET year with a casual drop-in-and-visit online meet-up. We hope you’ll join us during this two-hour Zoom to hear what other members are doing, ask questions, suggest topics for 2023 events and activities, and introduce yourself if... more

Japan Writers Conference October 15-16, 2022

Japan Writers Conference October 15-16, 2022

Japan Writers Conference 2022 will be held at Tokai University, Shonan Campus in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, October 16th. The host will be award-winning novelist Charles Kowalski. Hiratsuka is on Sagami Bay, not far from Odawara. As in the past, the Conference will be free and open to all who wish to attend. The program includes sessions... more

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... more

Koide Izumi Chronicles Heroine of Professional Japanese Librarianship

On July 23, NCC Japan, The North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources published “Specialist Spotlight: Izumi Koide” recognizing the work of Koide-san, who is known for her long tenure as librarian at the International House of Japan and her involvement with librarianship development. In 2008, she contributed an article about pioneering Japanese librarian Fukuda Naomi to the SWET... more

Donald Keene Exhibition

"Donald Keene: 100th Anniversary Exhibition— A Lifelong Pursuit of Japanese Culture," Kanagawa Museum of Japanese Literature special exhibition, May 28–July 24, 2022 (in Japanese)

Starting with his accidental encounter with Arthur Waley’s translation of The Tale of Genji in 1940, just before the outbreak of the Pacific War, Donald Keene (1922–2019) pursued a career in the study of Japan and led the... more