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In a world where social media is constantly searching for the “next big thing,” and remaining relevant is a full-time job for some, it’s refreshing to see a writer who has found success in her own sweet time and on her own terms. Shiga Prefecture-based Rebecca Otowa has just published her third book, “The Mad Kyoto Shoe Swapper and Other Short Stories.”

The tales in this collection encompass a wide range of themes, including historical, the supernatural and contemporary social issues, and Otowa’s characters are equally diverse.

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