Writers In Kyoto

English-language authors in Japan’s old imperial capital

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April 22 (Membership Renewal)

WiK is delighted to announce that our major event of the year, when membership fees are collected, will this year feature Eric Johnston of the Japan Times. In addition, prior to his talk there will be a short announcement by the head of East Asia’s leading publisher, Tuttle, which is this year celebrating its 70th …Read More

Kyoto poems in Japanese

Our attention has been drawn to a useful resource in Japanese of poetry about Kyoto. It’s part of an extensive website called Japan Note, covering various aspects of history and culture as can be seen on its home page. For 20 waka poems in Japanese about Kyoto, click here. For 30 different tanka in Japanese …Read More

Competition runner-up 2017

The deadline for this year’s WiK Short Shorts Competition will be on March 1, and just a reminder that this year we are offering a top prize of ¥30,000 plus several other smaller prizes. The top three winners will be included in the next Writers in Kyoto Anthology, and details about how to purchase a …Read More

May 27: Juliet Winters Carpenter

One of Japan’s premier translators, the award-winning Juliet Winters Carpenter, will be giving a dinner talk to WiK members on May 27, 6.00-8.00 pm. Juliet has a long, long list of titles to her name, and a wealth of experience from working with some of Japan’s top writers. Come and listen to her discuss what …Read More

Short Short Stories

Driven by social media and falling concentration spans, the trend of recent times is for shorter and shorter fiction. Twitter is a prime example, with writers challenged to fit something meaningful into 140 characters. This was highlighted in a recent article in The Author, house magazine of the UK’s Society of Authors, which cited a …Read More

Japan Writers Conference (Call for proposals)

The 2018 Japan Writers Conference will be Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at Otaru University of Commerce in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan. Otaru is a port city northeast of Sapporo and easily accessed by train from Sapporo. For those concerned about the weather, it should be cool, cold at night, but no snow. Otaru …Read More

Richardson on Frost (Jan 21)

Mark Richardson, one of the most prominent scholars on the poet Robert Frost (1874-1963), will be presenting material related to the poet on Jan 21 (for details, please see the right-hand column). In particular he will be discussing an interesting but never published––and never mailed––letter that affords a fascinating look into the poet’s life and …Read More

Tanizaki’s ‘Bridge of Dreams’

The following is taken from the website of Ad Blankestijn. Please see here for the original. It concerns a house Kyoto residents may be familiar with, namely the one in which Tanizaki lived next to Shimogamo Shrine on the eastern side. With its puzzling erotic relationships,  the novella makes a companion to another of Tanizaki’s Kyoto tales, …Read More

Hearn on art and shadows

Kyoto, April 16. The wooden shutters before my little room in the hotel are pushed away; and the morning sun immediately paints upon my shoji, across squares of gold light, the perfect sharp shadow of a little peach-tree. No mortal artist-not even a Japanese-could surpass that silhouette! Limned in dark blue against the yellow glow, …Read More

Simon Rowe goes marketing

Peddling Papa: A Writer’s Tale of Selling His Book by Simon Rowe On a foggy November night, a ship named the MOL Grandeur hauls anchor and departs Hong Kong bound for the port of Kobe. Listed on its bill of lading are eighteen cartons of freshly-minted paperbacks, destined for the samurai castle city of Himeji …Read More

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