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Happy New Year from SCBWI Japan!

SCBWI Japan Year of the Horse Greetings


SCBWI Japan Regional Team Message, posted by Holly Thompson, Mariko Nagai, Naomi Kojima


We would like to wish everyone a wonderful new year—we hope that for all 2014 is a happy, healthy year full of creative endeavors.


Regional Team Changes


We’d like to announce that as of January 1, Naomi Kojima has stepped up to the role of Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Japan. Naomi is one of the founding members of SCBWI Tokyo/Japan, previously served as co-RA, and has presented at and helped with many SCBWI Japan events; we welcome her back to the Regional Team. We’d also like to thank Yoko Yoshizawa for her service as ARA and Illustrator Coordinator. She stepped in as ARA in March 2008 and helped re-energize SCBWI Tokyo. In her six years of service as ARA and IC, she oversaw two major Tokyo gallery shows, was active organizing events on behalf of illustrators, interpreted events and translated publicity, assisted with finances, contributed often to the newsletter, handled our announcement lists, and was a tireless, supportive volunteer for our chapter. We wish Yoko well (she has many upcoming gallery shows in 2014 for which she is now painting like a maniac), and we look forward to welcoming her at future SCBWI Japan events. Earlier in the year, outgoing ARA Jenny Walters relocated to Germany, and Mariko Nagai stepped up to fill the ARA position.


Upcoming Events

We are beginning 2014 with some SCBWI Japan events we hope many will attend and enjoy.


On Jan. 10, SCBWI Japan will host Of Asia and Children’s Books: The Role of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) featuring R. Ramachandran, Executive Director of AFCC and Bolormaa Baasansuren and Ganbaatar IchinnorovSingTel Asian Picture Book Award Winners for Old City. Details are here.


On. Jan. 18, SCBWI Japan will hold the first Creative Exchange of 2014 for authors, illustrators and translators to give and receive face-to-face feedback on works in progress. Details are on the events calendar at here.


Also, we will be offering distance critiques again. A notice will be sent out to members soon and the manuscripts will be due on Feb. 1, then sent to the agent or editor who will write critiques; the critiques will then be distributed at our Writing Workshops event on Feb. 22 in Yokohama. So far we have booked agent Anna Olswanger of Liza Dawson Associates and Andrea Welch, Senior Editor at Beach Lane Books for these distance critiques. We are still hoping to find an editor who can Skype in to the Feb. 22 event. If you have editor suggestions please contact us.


Please see the other upcoming events now on the SCBWI Japan calendar. We always welcome volunteer involvement in planning and implementing events and welcome your input.


We hope to see members and nonmembers at the Of Asia and Children's Books event on January 10 at the Tokyo Women's Plaza to welcome Mr. Rama to Japan, and to enjoy learning about the creative process of Mongolian husband and wife picture book team, Bolormaa Baasansuren and Ganbaatar Ichinnorov.


Happy Year of the Horse! 

Holly Thompson, SCBWI Japan Regional Advisor

Mariko Nagai, SCBWI Japan Assistant Regional Advisor

Yoko Yoshizawa, SCBWI Japan Illustrator Coordinator