Dec 17

JET Alum Liz Sheffield interviews “Love In Translation” author Wendy Nelson Tokunaga

Author, manuscript consultant and blogger Liz Sheffield (Hokkaio-ken, Sapporo-shi, 1993-95) has a great post on her blog Motherlogue about a new book out titled Midori by Moonlight by Wendy Nelson Tokunaga.  Here’s Liz’s explanation of the background: About a year ago I read Wendy Nelson Tokunaga’s debut novel, Midori by Moonlight. I was thrilled to […]


Nov 29

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong (Iwate-ken, 2002-04) is a recurring item featuring posts from the blogs of various JET alumni.  Crystal is a former English-language writer for Kyodo News. She now works in online marketing in New York and relishes her constant hunt for the best cheap(ish) eats in the city. Hope everyone had […]


Nov 2

************** Writers and blogger Liz Sheffield (Hokkaio-ken, Sapporo-shi, 1993-95) has a great post on her blog Motherlogue about a new book out titled America Fuji by Sara Backer along with a separate post in which she interviews Backer. A few weeks ago I finished reading American Fuji by Sara Backer.  From the moment I saw […]


Oct 27

JET-Popp: Osaka Critique Group and Kyoto Writers’ Conference

Popp, Laura (Mie-ken, 2008-Present) is a current JET who writes fantasy and science fiction for children and young adults, and is an occasional playwright/film maker.  Her short work includes a short story titled “In theShadow Realm” and a documentary she made in Malawi.  To read about her amazing adventures all over Japan, go to her […]


Oct 12

JetWit BlogBeat 10.11.09 by Crystal Wong

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong (Iwate-ken, 2002-04) is a recurring item featuring posts from the blogs of various JET alumni.  Crystal is a former English-language writer for Kyodo News. She is now working as a freelance strategist and writer in New York and relishes her constant hunt for the best cheap(ish) eats in the […]


Oct 7

Event: The World of Children’s Book Publishing with Alvina Ling (Yokohama)

Author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) who also serves as the Publicity Assistant for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, shared the following, which she mentioned is, “a great opportunity for writers in Japan to meet one of the top editors in the world of children’s books.” The World of Children’s Book Publishing with […]


Oct 1

Event: Third Annual Japan Writers Conference

Author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) who also serves as the Publicity Assistant for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, shared the following: The Third Annual Japan Writers Conference www.japanwritersconference.org Do you wonder what’s the best way to get your ESL textbook into print and to market? Or how you can have your poem […]


Sep 14

Event: Why Haven’t They Called Me? What Happens After You Submit Your Picture Book to a Publisher?

********************* Author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) who also serves as the Publicity Assistant for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, shared the following: Why Haven’t They Called Me?  What Happens After You Submit your Picture Book to a Publisher with Kerry Martin, Senior Designer, Clarion Books Time: Saturday, September 26, 19:00-20:30; portfolio reviews […]


Aug 31

Event: Storyboards and Picture Book Dumies for Good Bookmaking (Tokyo)

********************* Author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) who also serves as the Publicity Assistant for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, shared the following: Storyboards and Picture Book Dummies for Good Bookmaking with Author/Illustrator Naomi Kojima Time: Saturday, September 12, 2009, 9:45-11:45 a.m. Place: Tokyo Women’s Plaza, Conference Room 1 5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo […]


Jun 26

JetWits and Pieces: Japanese toilet training video

Who says the JET alumni network doesn’t do enough things aimed at JET alums with kids?  There are a whole slew of JET alum writers with children’s books, not to mention Suzanne Kamata’s (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) book Call Me Okaasan:  Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (which I’m in the middle of reading right now and enjoying very […]


Jun 19

Event: Children’s book illustrators gather for Bologna Children’s Book Fair (Tokyo)

********************* Author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) who also serves as the Publicity Assistant for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, shared the following: The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators presents Creative Exchange: The Bologna Experience with Ayano Imai, Kiyo Tanaka and Shimako Okamura Come join illustrators Ayano Imai and Kiyo Tanaka […]


Jun 2

JETAA Canada National Conference Keynote Speech – May 30, 2009 – Toronto By Steven Horowitz (Aichi-ken, Kariya-shi, 1992-94) IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION Minasan, Ohayo gozaimasu. 1.  First, I’d like to thank JETAA Canada and Gloria Ma and everyone else involved with this conference for inviting me here to speak today.  As an American, I have to […]


May 27

Event: Tokyo Authors and Illustrators Networking Night

Author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) who also serves as the Publicity Assistant for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, shared the following: The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators presents SCBWI Tokyo Authors & Illustrators Networking Night Time: Thursday, June 11, 2009, 7:00 pm onward Place: The Pink Cow, Villa Moderuna B1, […]


May 17

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong

JetWit Blog Beat by Crystal Wong (Iwate-ken, 2002-04) is a recurring item featuring posts from the blogs of various JET alumni.  Crystal is a formerEnglish-language writer for Kyodo News. She now works as a media planner in Chelsea and sorely misses all her favorite midtown ramen joints. We’re well into spring, the flowers and trees […]


May 10

Happy Okaasan’s Day!

Happy Okaasan’s Day from JetWit to all the JET alum moms, moms of JET alums and homestay moms too! On the theme of JET alums and moms, you may want to get your mom a copy of author Suzanne Kamata’s (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) new book — Call Me Okaasan:  Adventures in Multicultural Mothering, a collection of […]


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