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In Memoriam, Donald Richie 1924–2013

In Memoriam, Donald Richie 1924–2013

Hailing from Ohio, U.S.A., Donald Richie first arrived during the U.S. Occupation and spent close to 66 years as a long-time resident of Tokyo. He was first and foremost a writer, who was instrumental in introducing Japanese cinema to the world. Though best known for The Inland Sea  and The Japan Journals (1947-2004), his... more

Japan Writers Conference, Nov. 2–3, 2013

Japan Writers Conference, Nov. 2–3, 2013

Update:

Seventh Japan Writers Conference is on in Okinawa. Organizer John Gribble sends the following additional information and last-minute changes. SWET salutes JWC and wishes everyone well!

JWC Update 1 Nov. 2013

First, on Saturday morning in Room 3, Hugh Ashton will speak on "Writing about Japan for an audience outside Japan." He's an expert.

Second, our co-coordinator, Bern Mulvey is ill and unable... more

Kyoto Journal is back!

Kyoto Journal is back!

After a two-year hiatus (apart from publishing Fresh Currents: Japan’s Flow from a Nuclear Past to a Renewable Future since June 2012), Kyoto Journal has February 9, 2013 as the date for the re-launch of its entirely redesigned website  and returned to regularly-scheduled publishing as a mostly digital quarterly publication, with the imminent release of KJ 76 and 77, both... more

Frederik Schodt Interview in the Japan Times

Frederik Schodt Interview in the Japan Times

Edan Corkill, in the Japan Times January 6, 2013, has an interview with Frederik I. Schodt "Japan's pop culture ambassador to the world".

“I've always been interested in what you might call 'lost histories' — people who fell through the cracks, eccentric characters who in some unusual way contributed to early communication between America and Japan. That is the territory I... more

SWET 2013 New Year’s Party (Tokyo)

SWET 2013 New Year’s Party (Tokyo)

Featuring dishes from Japanese Farm Food and a talk by author Nancy Singleton Hachisu

Date: January 25, 2013 (Friday)

Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.

Place: Wesley Center (6-10-7 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo Map); Room 205

Fee: ¥3,000 per person members and non-members (drinks not included; please bring your own beverage of choice)

**Reservations required** by January 22: info[at]swet.jp; fax: 03-3430-1740

For further information write to SWET Events.

Come enjoy... more

Dauntless Champion of Japan’s Heritage, Good Walks, and Craftsmanship: Sumiko Enbutsu

Dauntless Champion of Japan’s Heritage, Good Walks, and Craftsmanship: Sumiko Enbutsu

Treasures of Tokyo, such as the 95-year-old Yasuda House and the landscape of Ueno Park's Shinobazu Pond, must be preserved, Sumiko Enbutsu believes, and, according to an article in the Japan Times on December 8th, she has played an energetic part in saving them. And when the Tohoku Earthquake and tsunami of 2011 washed away slate tiles awaiting delivery to... more