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)

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]; 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

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

Books from Japan website launched by J-Lit Center

The J-Lit Center, the NPO founded in 2004 for the purpose of introducing Japanese literature overseas, and supervisor of the Japanese Literature Publishing Project (Agency for Cultural Affairs) from 2002 to 2009, has launched an ambitious new English-language website that introduces the best recent works of Japanese fiction, nonfiction, and children's and young adult literature to readers, editors and publishers... more

Frederik L. Schodt Introduces His Latest Book

Writer, translator, conference interpreter--always highly entertaining speaker--and author of numerous books about popular and esoteric culture Frederik L. Schodt will introduce his latest book, Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe, at two events in November:

"Book Break" at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan on November 6 (Tuesday), 2012. Reservations are required.

JAT event November 10 (Saturday), 2012 “How an American Acrobat... more

Tokyo Event: Writing about Architecture and Design in Japan

Speaker: Naomi Pollock Place: Wesley Center (6-10-7 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo). (Map) Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 Time: 3:00–5:00 p.m. Attendance Fee: 1,000 yen for SWET members; 1,500 yen for non-members

For further information write to info[at]

Seasoned architectural writer and critic, Naomi Pollock, will discuss the making of her new book Made in Japan: 100 New Products (released September 18). She will speak... more