Website for a New Era

SWET is proud to present its website, redesigned and reorganized to better serve its members and the wider community of wordsmiths connected with Japan. Please take a look around!

Of particular interest: See “Columns,” featuring seven series of articles, currently stocked with pieces previously published in the SWET Newsletter and in the SWET weblog. See also “Articles,” offering articles from the... more

Yomimono 16 Just Published

Yomimono - 16 (Volume 16) [Paperback] New Japanese-based and expat writing from one of Japan's top literary publications. Contributors include Marcus Bird (Author), Jane Joritz-Nakagawa (Author), Yoko Danno (Author), David Galef (Author), Namita Hiro (Author), Sushma Joshi (Author), Jean Toyama (Author), Ayako Miura (Author), Suzanne Kamata (Author, Editor), Deborah Davidson (Translator), Michelle Zacharias (Cover Design) Published by CreateSpace May 24, 2012,... more

Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan, No. 2

Tokyo-based magazine Monkey Business, founded in 2008 by Motoyuki Shibata, one of Japan’s most highly regarded men of letters, published its second issue in May 2012. MBI showcases the best of contemporary Japanese literature. It aims to translate and present a wide array of established and emerging authors. Issue 1 included an interview with Haruki Murakami, fiction by Yoko Ogawa, and... more

Ten Best Books Set in Tokyo

Malcolm Burgess, publisher of the excellent City-Lit series picks the ten of the best books set in Tokyo. Guardian Travel features them with atmospheric photos. Mishima, Kawabata, Nagai line up with Angela Carter, David Mitchell and five others.

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