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Our 2005 Spring/Summer Edition is now online
magazine on Japanese children's
by: Yamaneko Honyaku Club
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Introducing "Japanese Children's Literature"
Our target audience
"Japanese Children's Literature" to the English-speaking community
year, hundreds of outstanding children's books from abroad are
translated and published in Japan. Sadly however, the reverse does not
hold true. Very few Japanese children's books are translated and made
accessible to children abroad. We feel one reason may be the paucity of
information on Japanese children's literature in general. For the past
six years, Yamaneko Honyaku Club has been active in providing news and
information on foreign children's books to those in Japan.
Children's book translation is a very popular and highly competitive
field in Japan. Amazingly, although most of us were just "aspiring"
translators six years ago, quite a few of our members are now
professionally active in the children's book publishing industry.
Recently, we've been receiving more email from foreign visitors to
our website, an indication that we probably need to provide more
English. Our first attempt towards this goal will be Japanese
Children's Books, the first newsletter published by Yamaneko
Honyaku Club to be offered in both
Japanese and English.
For the present, we'll only be able to review four to five books per
quarterly issue. That may be equivalent to no more than a raindrop or
two in the desert. But maybe, just maybe, those raindrops will be
enough to allow a single seedling to flower. And perhaps people will
come to see that flower, and the moisture and seeds carried by those
people will be just enough to form a tiny little oasis. Who
knows what may happen.
This online newsletter is provided free-of-charge but we do ask that
you respect copyright. We also hope to reach aspiring translators of
children's literature who may be interested in joining us. Information
on our club is available here. For the
time being, all of our activities are conducted in Japanese, but if
there is enough interest, we may eventually open up an English language
division. For information please feel free to contact us on our at our
email address listed below.
(Japanese Children's BooksEditor/April 5th, 2003)
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