By Avery Fischer Udagawa, Bangkok
On June 11, 2016, several SCBWI Japan Translation Group members and friends met for coffee in Ofuna Station, Kamakura. We forgot to take a photo until one participant had left, but here we are!
From left, Alexander O. Smith, Holly Thompson, Avery Fischer Udagawa, Geraldine Harcourt, Emily Balistrieri, and Wendy Uchimura. Not pictured: Andrew Wong. Photo courtesy Alex Smith.
Topics of discussion included publishers for new translation projects; strategies to keep out-of-print titles alive; and Japan’s MG/YA novels about unique afterschool activities, such as broadcasting club, diving, gardening, flying, and tanka poetry. We want to translate these books!