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The Kerlan Collection with Curator Lisa Von Drasek

Two Reflections on Lisa Von Drasek’s Evening with SCBWI Japan

by Mari Boyle and Andrew Wong

1. Lisa Von Drasek Talks about Children’s Books and Stuff.

Guest post by Mari Boyle, Writer, Tokyo, Japan

Lisa Drasek is Curator of the …

KidLit Create Day: Crafting KidLit for the World

Two Reflections on SCBWI Japan KidLit Create Day

by Cam M. Sato and Mari Boyle

1. The Exciting Challenge of Crafting KidLit for the World

Guest Post by Cam M. Sato, Tokyo, Japan

On February 25, 2018 a group of …

SCBWI’s Revised Anti-Harassment Policy

February 20, 2018

Post by Avery Fischer Udagawa

Recently, much attention has focused on sexual harassment in the US children’s book industry. Here are two articles that provide background:

Children’s Book Industry Has Its #MeToo Moment (New York Times

Book House Café Sketch and Word Crawl

January 27, 2018

Post by Holly Thompson

SCBWI Japan’s first event of 2018 was held at the Book House Café in Tokyo’s Jinbocho bookstore district. Book House Café opened in its current form as a children’s bookshop and café in …

Wrapping Up 2017: Creative Exchange and Bonenkai Lunch

December 17, 2017

Post by Holly Thompson

For our last event of 2017, SCBWI Japan held a morning Creative Exchange in Tokyo, followed by a year-end bonenkai lunch.

In advance of the creative exchange, open both members and nonmembers, participants …

Translation as a Mission: Japanese Children’s Books Today with JBBY President Yumiko Sakuma

November 11, 2017

Post by Mari Boyle

Yumiko Sakuma, editor, translator, writer, professor of children’s literature, and president of JBBY (Japanese Board on Books for Young People), recently joined SCBWI members and others to talk about the work of JBBY

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: 2017 Japan Writers Conference

October 8-9, 2017

by Mari Boyle

This year’s Japan Writers Conference was held at the Ekoda Campus of Nihon University College of Art, near Ikebukuro in Tokyo. This free, two-day conference, hosted writers, editors, photographers, and literary artists who

Beginnings Old and New: SCBWI Japan Creative Exchange

September 24, 2017

Guest post by Cam M. Sato, Tokyo, Japan

September is a time for beginnings, or so it is with me anyway. Perhaps it’s because I was born at this time of year when summer gives way to

Celebrating Childhood at the Chihiro Art Museum

April 22, 2017

Post by Mari Boyle, Tokyo.

On a cloudy Saturday in April, I joined SCBWI Japan members to make a visit to the Chihiro Art Museum Tokyo. The museum is dedicated to the work of Chihiro Iwasaki, award-winning

Going Digital: From Colored Pencils to the Apple Digital Pencil With Illustrator, Daniel Schallau.

March 12, 2017

Post by Mari Boyle, Tokyo

On March 12th, 2017, in a two-part SCBWI Japan event, Daniel Schallau, published children’s book illustrator, gave us insights into his pencil illustration work. Up until six months or so ago, Dan

Double Feature Part 2: SCBWI Japan Showcase of New Works

February 4, 2017

Posted by Mari Boyle

As part of a double feature event, we had the opportunity to celebrate the recent and forthcoming work of some of our Japan SCBWI members.  The books featured in the showcase were:

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Double Feature Part 1: Are You an Echo? Lessons in Collaboration

February 4, 2017

Posted by Mari Boyle

When David Jacobson was given a slim book of Japanese poetry by a friend, he was eager to find out more about the author, Misuzu Kaneko (1903–1930), and the child-like simplicity of her …

Giving and Receiving: SCBWI Japan Creative Exchange

January 21, 2017

Posted by Melissa Uchiyama

We sat. Fifteen of us, admiring and offering words of feedback to the authors and illustrators represented in our Japan chapter Saturday evening, January 21st. This was my first time being present and taking part …

Illustration Day with Barbara McClintock

November 20, 2016

On a Sunday in November, SCBWI Japan held an Illustration Day: Perfect Partners: Text and Art and the Visual Narrative of Picture Books with Illustrator Barbara McClintock. Visiting from the U.S., Barbara was also presenting at international schools …

Japan Writers Conference 2016

October 29-30, 2016

Posted by Suzanne Kamata, Avery Fischer Udagawa, Mari Boyle and Holly Thompson

On October 29-30 the annual Japan Writers Conference (JWC) was held at Tokushima University in Shikoku. Several SCBWI Japan members presented and attended; in their …

Event Wrap Up: SCBWI Japan Translation Day 2016

October 22, 2016

Posted by Avery Fischer Udagawa

Trans Day 2016

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, SCBWI Japan presented its fourth biennial Translation Day: a day of presentations, critiques, and conversations for published and pre-published translators of Japanese children's/YA literature into English, including

AFCC 2016 Part 2: SCBWI Japan Wrap-up

May 25-29, 2016

Posted by Holly Thompson

At the 2016 Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) held in Singapore May 25-29, Japan was the featured Country of Focus, and SCBWI Japan participated mightily!

AFCC 2016 Part 1– Country of Focus: Japan

May 25-29, 2016

Posted by Naomi Kojima

May is the month for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC). Held every year in Singapore and organized by the National Book Development Council of Singapore, the AFCC aims to …

Event Wrap-Up: March 13, 2016 Picture Book Day

 

A Thousand Words 

Guest post by Chika Nishina

Most of us have had the pleasure to visit the world of picture books in our daily lives ​and already know that a picture (book) is worth a thousand words. …

SCBWI Japan Translation Group Commemorates 3.11

by Avery Fischer Udagawa, SCBWI Japan Translator Coordinator       

The SCBWI Japan Translation Group blog has featured a series of posts commemorating the five-year anniversary of 3.11: The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, …

Member News: Winter 2016

 

SCBWI Japan Member News

Posted by Misa Dikengil Lindberg, Vermont, USA

 

As always, compiling this season's members news has been hugely inspirational. SCBWI Japan members are a diverse crew of dedicated translators, authors, poets, and illustrators. I hope …

Event Wrap Up: January 22, 2016 Naomi Shihab Nye Reading

 

Meet the Author Reading and Dinner with Naomi Shihab Nye

Posted by Holly Thompson

 

Author/poet Naomi Shihab Nye was recently in Japan visiting International schools in Tokyo and Yokohama. On a Friday afternoon in January, SCBWI Japan members had a …

Event Wrap-Up: Jan. 6, 2016 SCBWI Japan New Year’s Dinner

Gathering to Celebrate and Set Goals

by Avery Fischer Udagawa, Bangkok, Thailand

 

Like many members of SCBWI Japan, I perform my children’s lit-related work largely in isolation. Our 2016 New Year’s Dinner was the perfect antidote to this! Held

Event Wrap-Up: Nov. 9, 2015 The 2016 Asian Festival of Children’s Content Session

Celebrating Asian Culture

Guest post by Mari Boyle, Tokyo, Japan

Claire Chiang and a selection of book titles

AFCC Chairperson Claire Chiang and a selection of successful book titles launched at the AFCC. Photo courtesy of Andrew Wong.

 

I love a good festival with music, dance and food.

Adventures with “Eigo de Asobo”: Part 2

Adventures with "Eigo de Asobo": The Illustrator's View

Guest post by Ross Wiley, Japan

 

A six-year-old girl named Emily, a teddy bear named Henry of proportions that could only work in pictures, and a parrot named Jack who has …

Event Wrap-Up: October 24-25, 2015 Japan Writers Conference

Connecting at the Japan Writers Conference

by Melissa Uchiyama, Tokyo, Japan

Writing in Japan can sometimes be a lonely number. We don’t have the big-name conferences comparable to those in New York, San Francisco or Minneapolis. Some writers fly to other

Event Wrap-Up: October 24, 2015 An Evening with Keiko Kasza, Author and Illustrator

Creating Picture Books from Start to Finish with Keiko Kasza 

Guest post by Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud, Tokyo, Japan

 

On October 24th, an eager group of SCBWI picture book enthusiasts were treated to an evening with author-illustrator Keiko Kasza, who gave

Event Wrap-Up: SCBWI Annual Summer Conference in LA

Three Notes to Remember When I Go to My Next Annual SCBWI Conference

by Mariko Nagai, Tokyo, Japan 

 

I’ve been a member of SCBWI since around 2005, but I’ve only attended one SCBWI Annual Summer or Winter Conference (Los …

Adventures with “Eigo de Asobo”: Part 1

Adventures with “Eigo de Asobo”: Learning to Play in English is Never Simple

Guest post by Gerri Sorrells, Japan

In 2014, SCBWI Japan was contacted by NHK Educational seeking illustrators and writers to collaborate on creating segments for their television

Event Wrap-Up: Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2015: Three Perspectives

 

An Illustrator's Perspective

by Naomi Kojima, Tokyo, Japan

 

I am a Japanese author and illustrator of children’s books, but that doesn’t mean my picture books have Asian elements. I have been conscious of this since I first attended …

Event Wrap-Up: June 20, 2015 Ginny Tapley Takemori Translation Talk

Translator Ginny Tapley Takemori: "On Whales, Blue Glass, War and Young People"

 

Translator Ginny Tapley Takemori spoke to SCBWI Japan on June 20, 2015, at an event titled "On Whales, Blue Glass, War and Young People."
 
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Around the World with SCBWI Japan

Recently Words & Pictures, the blog of the British Isles chapter of SCBWI featured SCBWI Japan in its Around the World with SCBWI series. 

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And at last, recently we …

Meet Museyon: An Independent Publisher Excited About Japanese Children’s Literature in Translation

 

by Misa Dikengil Lindberg

 

Since December 2014 four new Japanese picture books in English translation have been released by the independent publisher Museyon Inc. Established in 2009 by the former president of Pokémon USA, Inc., Akira Chiba, Museyon …

Event Wrap-Up: May 8, 2015 Workshop with Designer Ian Lynam

 

Activating Creativity Using Typography with Designer Ian Lynam 

 

Written in Japanese by Izumi Tanaka 

Translated and Edited by the SCBWI Japan Editorial Team

 

On May 8, 2015, designer Ian Lynam presented a workshop on typography entitled "A Little

Member News: Spring 2015

SCBWI Japan Member News

Posted by Misa Dikengil Lindberg, Vermont, USA

 

This latest collection of member news reaffirms my conviction that hardworking writers, illustrators and translators who persist in their craft eventually earn recognition. Success also seems to snowball; for many,

Event Wrap-Up: April 11, 2015 Author Patricia Lakin: Making Dead People Come to Life!

Wisdom from Patricia Lakin: Making Dead People Come to Life and So Much More

Guest post by Mari Boyle, Tokyo, Japan

 

To be honest I’ve never thought about writing biographies, so the SCBWI event on April 11, 2015, was …

Event Wrap-Up: March 14, 2015 Writers’ Craft Workout

Writers' Craft Workout in Five Quotes

Guest post by Doug Brittain, Tokyo, Japan

 

“Write about your last six months of writing.”

The prompt on the whiteboard that greeted participants seemed simple enough. For some SCBWI Japan members attending the March …

SCBWI Japan Regional Team

SCBWI Japan Regional Team Roles for 2015

 

The SCBWI Japan Regional Team roles have shifted slightly for 2015. Holly Thompson and Mariko Nagai will now serve as Co-Regional Advisors (Co-RAs), and for the time being SCBWI Japan will not …

Event Wrap-Up: February 21, 2015 Winter Sketch and Word Crawl in Yokohama

Winter Sketch and Word Crawl in Yokohama

Contributed by Mariko Nagai, SCBWI Japan Co-Regional Advisor

 

It’s such a rare moment in our busy lives when someone gives us uninterrupted time to find inspiration. It’s not rare, but a gift, …

Reflecting on 2014

Reflecting on 2014 with SCBWI Japan

 

Contributed by Holly Thompson, SCBWI Japan Regional Advisor

 

SCBWI Japan had a full and eventful year in 2014. Here is the complete list of 2014 SCBWI Japan events:

 

Jan. 10  Of Asia and Children’s

Event Wrap-Up: November 6, 2014 Workshop with Illustrator Ross Kinnaird

Event Wrap-Up: Illustrator Ross Kinnaird: Using Humor to Motivate Reluctant Readers–the Carnivalesque in Illustration 

Guest post by JP McCormick, Tokyo, Japan

 

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Ross Kinnard showing attendees his work

 

I am no artist. I haven't even picked up a pencil or a …

Event Wrap-Up: October 25-26, 2014 Japan Writers Conference

Japan Writers Conference 2014 

 

The Japan Writers Conference 2014 was held at Iwate University in Morioka on October 25-26, 2014. Several SCBWI Japan members attended. Author Trevor Kew posted a wonderful wrap-up of the weekend on his blog here, …

Event Wrap-Up: October 18, 2014 SCBWI Japan Translation Day

 

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On October 18, 2014, translators convened at the Yokohama International School for the third biennial SCBWI Japan Translation Day, which featured a keynote speech by Cathy Hirano

Event Wrap-Up: September 26, 2014 Tokyo Creative Exchange

Tokyo Creative Exchange 

Guest post by Shilpa Agashe, Tokyo, Japan

 

I had the opportunity to attend my first SCBWI creative exchange led by Mariko Nagai. The conference room setting was in direct contrast to the imagination and creativity brought …

Event Wrap-Up: August 23, 2014 John Shelley Gallery Visit and Dinner

John Shelley and Stone Giant: Gallery Visit and Dinner

Guest post by Naomi Kojima, Tokyo, Japan

 

The SCBWI Japan August event was a happy reunion and an inspiring gallery visit with SCBWI Japan’s long-time friend John Shelley, who now …

SCBWI Summer Conference Wrap-Up

SCBWI Summer Conference in LA–Wrap-Up

 

by Li-hsin Tu, Avery Fischer Udagawa, Kazumi Wilds, Holly Thompson

 

Li-hsin Tu, Writer

 

My time at the summer conference in LA was nothing short of an adventure. My hotel at the Beverley …

Member News: Summer 2014

Member News highlights the latest inspiring successes of our talented writers, illustrators and translators. SCBWI Japan members should submit news to the blog editors by July 1 for the summer post and January 1 for the winter post. Other SCBWI members who frequently visit

Event Wrap-Up: July 3, 2014 Children’s Books of Malaysia

Children's Books of Malaysia

with Author/Illustrator Yusof Gajah

Literary Agent Linda Tan Lingard

 

This year Malaysia was the featured theme country at the Tokyo International Book Fair July 2-5 at Tokyo Big Site, and as a result SCBWI Japan was able to invite …

Event Wrap-Up: June 22, 2014 Creative Exchange in Miura

Creative Exchange/Miura Sketch and Word Crawl

at the Sakurai Temple House and Surroundings in Akiya

 

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Our group of illlustrators and writers met at Zushi Station on Sunday morning and took a bus down the west coast of Miura to the …

Event Wrap-Up: May 17, 2014 Comic Book Writing with Sean Michael Wilson

Comic Book Writing with Sean Michael Wilson

 

Many people think graphic novels, comic books, or manga are all conceived and generated by illustrators. But this is not necessarily the case. Sean Michael Wilson flew up from Kyushu to share …

Event Wrap-Up: April 18, 2014 Master Class with Rosemary Wells

Master Class in Picture Book Writing and Illustration

with Author/Illustrator Rosemary Wells

 

Guest post by Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud, Tokyo, Japan

 

From our opening introductions to the final story of the evening, author and illustrator Rosemary Wells gave SCBWI Japan …

Event Wrap-Up: March 15, 2014 Meet the Author Dinner with Ruta Sepetys

 

Meet the Author Dinner with Ruta Sepetys

 

Guest post by JP McCormick, Tokyo, Japan

 

On March 5th, I had the good fortune to sit next to the award-winning, NYT-bestselling author Ruta Sepetys at SCBWI Japan's Meet the …

Event Wrap-Up: February 22, 2014 SCBWI Japan Writers’ Day

SCBWI Japan Writers' Day: Jazz It Up! Writing Today for Children and Young Adults  

Guest post by Colleen Sakurai, Akiya, Kanagawa, Japan

 

I’m always excited to be able to spend a day focused entirely on the writing craft, …

Event Wrap-up: January 10, 2014 Of Asia and Children’s Books

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 Ichinnorov, SingTel Asian Picture Book Award Winners for Old City on

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 …

See what SCBWI Japan did in 2013!

Reflecting on 2013 with SCBWI Japan

 

Contributed by Holly Thompson, SCBWI Japan Regional Advisor

 

2013 certainly felt like a busy year for SCBWI Japan. 

 

Here is the complete list of all our 2013 events:

Feb. 2, 2013 Creative Exchange,

SCBWI Japan Showcase, September 27, 2013

SCBWI Japan Showcase 2013

 

featuring Linda Gerber, Suzanne Kamata, Trevor Kew, Naomi Kojima, Leza Lowitz, Benjamin Martin, Mariko Nagai, Shogo Oketani, Holly Thompson, Kazumi Wilds and Yoko Yoshizawa 

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At this SCBWI Japan Showcase 2013, SCBWI Japan member authors and

SCBWI Japan Blog Welcome!

Welcome to the new SCBWI Japan Blog. Check back here for event write-ups and posts of interest to writers, illustrators and translators. 

 

SCBWI Japan holds monthly events in Tokyo and Kanagawa and occasionally in other regions of Japan. Check the events calendar and …