Monthly Archives: June 2013

Probably my favourite Japanese picture book

Takako is a new student, recently transferred to the narrator’s elementary school. She’s…well, she’s a bit odd. She writes with a brush instead of a pencil, and she plays the biwa instead of the recorder. She speaks oddly too, and … Continue reading

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Japanese and Korean picture books

Following on from my last post, I thought I’d share some of my favourite Japanese and Korean picture books with you. There’s no particular theme here – this isn’t a list of famous books, or prize-winning books, or even books … Continue reading

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So, why translation?

People often ask me why I’m studying translation. It’s a question to which there are an awful lot of answers (much like ‘why Japanese?’, which is another question I get asked a lot). One is that I love the act … Continue reading

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Japanese short stories

This past week, I’ve been working on a project involving Japanese short stories. Reading short stories in Japanese can be frustrating for a number of reasons: the main problem for me is that there is very little available online. When … Continue reading

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Book review: The Goddess Chronicle

I like books set in Japan, I like contemporary stories that incorporate mythology and folklore, and I like writing that focuses on women’s experiences, so Natsuo Kirino’s The Goddess Chronicle, translated by Rebecca Copeland, was always going to be my … Continue reading

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