On Collecting Kimono

On Collecting Kimono

Earlier this summer John Moore, a member of the Communications Office at Washington University, interviewed me about The Kimono Tattoo. The editor wanted a photograph of me with “my kimono collection.” I recognize that I have A LOT of kimonos, but I had never thought...
Finding the Mountain Witch

Finding the Mountain Witch

Last week saw the release of Yamamba: In Search of the Japanese Mountain Witch, which I coedited with Linda C. Ehrlich.. This unique collection, published by Stone Bridge Press, has received stunning acclaim from scholars and artists alike.  For example, Kristen...
My Grotesque Year

My Grotesque Year

If I had it all to do over again, I would do it differently. Of course, I didn’t know then what I know now. I had been given the opportunity to translate Kirino Natsuo’s award-winning novel, Grotesque, and I was elated. It was the first time I’d been contracted to...
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...