Hello from Japan and around the world. We are members of the SCBWI Tokyo Translation Group, whose goal is to introduce more Japanese children’s literature to the English-speaking world.
This home page will feature posts on our craft: translating Japanese children’s literature into English. We will also highlight the children’s literature and culture of northeastern Japan, or Tohoku, in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.
Our URL pays homage to Ihatov, a paradise envisioned by children’s author and poet Kenji Miyazawa (1896-1933). Miyazawa came from Iwate in Tohoku.
We hope you will come away from this site eager to learn more about Japan through its children and their books.