Translating Grotesque: Mountain Magic

Translating Grotesque: Mountain Magic

I was not the first pick to translate Kirino Natsuo’s Grotesque. Kirino’s agent went the rounds of other translators before being directed to me. And once she found me, she did not give me a contract on the spot. I had to “try out” for the job. She sent me several...
Finding Japanese Mystery Fiction

Finding Japanese Mystery Fiction

Sometimes you choose a project. Other times it chooses you. My first major translation project was Kirino Natsuo’s Grotesque. I came about the translation in a circuitous fashion. A Japanese Studies scholar in Canada wrote to tell me about an agent in the US who was...
IKKO’s Kimono Transbeauty

IKKO’s Kimono Transbeauty

Today’s post is provided by Dr. Jan Bardsley, Professor Emerita, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Jan is well known for her captivating studies of Japanese women, from beauty queens to housewives and now, most recently, to maiko. Her forthcoming monograph,...