Category Archives: Japan

Q&A with Malena Watrous

Part of the joy in reading Malena Watrous’ novel, If You Follow Me, was having a huge trip down memory lane. Like me, Malena worked as an Assistant Language teacher in Japan for two years. In her debut novel she … Continue reading

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Read my guest post: Outside In

In October, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sara Backer, author of American Fuji. On her blog, Sara is now featuring guest posts from readers who have experiences to share about Japan. I’m thrilled to be the featured post this … Continue reading

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Memory Triggers

Just now, rather than flexing my writing muscle, I decided to catch up on some of my Google Reader items. I came across two great posts on Lisa Romeo’s blog about memory triggers. One of the posts is a list … Continue reading

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Interview with Wendy Nelson Tokunaga

In her second published novel, Love in Translation, author Wendy Nelson Tokunaga explores the meaning of family through the story of Celeste Duncan, a 33-year-old singer who leaves behind her deadbeat boyfriend and her life in the United States in … Continue reading

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Author interview this week!

This week I’m happy to host a virtual interview with Wendy Nelson Tokunaga, author of Love In Translation. I read Wendy’s debut novel, Midori by Moonlight, about a year ago and was thrilled to see that she had a new … Continue reading

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JET Essay Contest: Honorable Mention

I lived in Japan for three years — in Sapporo for two years and then on the island of Shikoku for one year. When my plane landed in Sapporo, the only Japanese phrase I could summon from my one year … Continue reading

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Stage Fright

After I graduated from college, I lived in Japan for a total of three years. The first two years I worked in public junior and senior high schools as an assistant English teacher/native speaker. It was a wonderful job – … Continue reading

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