Strong Women, Soft Power Symposium #1: Towards a Community of Practice in Japanese Literary Translation



FEATURING PROFESSIONALS in translation and publishing
WITH GUEST SPEAKERS Minae Mizumura and Juliet Winters Carpenter


10.00 am: Registration at entrance to Tokyodo Hall (Books Tokyodo 6F). Coffee and other refreshments available on 1F Paper Back Café.

10.30 am: Welcome address and Session 1:

Stronger Together: Building a community for literary translators [in English]

The international collective Strong Women, Soft Power was formed as a means of offering support, pooling resources, and strengthening the position of literary translators. Allison Markin Powell, Lucy North, and Ginny Tapley Takemori share what led to the collective, some of the issues that affect translators, and possible strategies for building a wider community.

12.15 pm: Session 2: Translation Workshop Demo [in English]

A brief demonstration of one format for gathering a group of translators on a regular basis, in a regular space, where everyone can bring work in progress to share.

1-2.15 pm: Break for Lunch

2.15-4 pm: Session 3:

The Vanguard: Representing Japanese literature to the world [in Japanese]

Publishing professionals discuss the current climate for literary writers, and the decisions and criteria involved in selling and promoting Japanese literature abroad, including which writers and which books are chosen, how translators are selected, and how these methods affect the perception of Japanese literature in English.

Panelists: Kazuto Yamaguchi, Managing Editor, Kodansha; Hiroshi Arai, Head of Rights, Bungei Shunju; Ako Sahara, Director, JLPP Office.

Moderated by: Yukiko Tajima, literary consultant.

4-4.30 pm: Break

4.30-6.30 pm: Special Guest Talk. A Perfect Team.

Translator Juliet Winters Carpenter and writer Minae Mizumura in conversation. [in English]

7-9 pm: "Wine Mingle" (for "Full Day Plus" ticket holders)

This event is arranged by the collective Strong Women, Soft Power. Visit our homepage here.

Sat Nov 18, 2017
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM JST
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Full Day ¥4,500
Full Day Plus (incl. "wine mingle") SOLD OUT ¥6,000
Special Guest Talk (4.30 pm) only ¥2,000

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Venue Address
東京都千代田区神田神保町1-17 東京堂書店6階 Japan
Books Tokyodo is a 3-minute walk from Jinbocho Station (Hanzomon Line, Toei Shinjuku Line, Toei Mita Line), Exit A7; and 10 mins walk from Ochanomizu Station on the JR Yamanote Line. It's on Suzuran-dori, which runs parallel with Yasukuni-dori.