Elizabeth Miki Brina’s memoir reveals how country and culture are connected to identity by weaving her narrative with the history of Okinawa.
Kris Kosaka, a resident of Japan since 1996, contributes regularly to The Japan Times. She is a lecturer at Meiji Gakuin University in the Faculty of International Studies.
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In recent years, Japanese literature has earned a reputation abroad for its edgy, socially-conscious fiction, which translator Stephen Snyder, 63, has had a hand in encouraging. Snyder has translated titles like “Coin Locker Babies” by Ryu Murakami, “Out” by Natsuo Kirino and last year’s ...
For poet Sawako Nakayasu, 45, a multicultural upbringing is what forged her distinctive perspective of language and artistic expression. Nakayasu was born in Yokohama and moved to the United States with her family when she was six. Although she was raised mostly in the ...
Not only is Jeffrey Angles an award-winning translator of contemporary Japanese works, he’s also an award-winning Japanese poet. In 2017, the American writer received the Yomiuri Prize for Literature for his collection of poems written in Japanese, "Watashi no hizukehenkosen" (“My International Date Line”), ...
Rakuko Rubin's collection of short stories that traverse bicultural themes and universal mileposts in life was translated by her husband, Jay Rubin.
As 2021 approaches, six Japan Times book reviewers look back on their top reads released in English this year.
Inspired by haiku translated by R.H. Blythe, Meredith McKinney studied Japanese, moved to Kyoto and eventually built up a career in translating Japanese literature.
In Kikuko Tsumura’s surreal and humorous novel, “There’s No Such Things as an Easy Job,” an unnamed narrator sets her sights on trivial work after giving up her 14-year career.
The UCLA professor and professional translator says there is a distinct pleasure in developing work in prose styles that are not his own.
Journalist Jon Mitchell has spent 10 years probing the contamination of the Asia-Pacific region by the American and Japanese governments.