The authors

  • We work with 10 authors who are experts in traditional Japanese storytelling.
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    Akiko Yamanaka-Binns was born in Tokyo and now lives in the UK. She is a writer whose work ranges from journalism, including articles on culture, international trends and UK news to creative writing and design.  She is currently writing a novel. She is interested in Japanese culture, music and travel.

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    Shinsuke Takasaki writes short stories, proses and poems both in English and Japanese, and also translates between the two languages. Also creates a collage of text and image in print. His works have been published in The Lighter (Indiana), In/sects (Osaka), and Ha!art (Krakow). Has performed the reading of his work at Métro (Kyoto), Nuyorican Poet Café and FiveMyles (Brooklyn). Currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    lrj_authors_AngelicaNewton.jpgBambi Morino is a freelance translator and provides services in various sectors including tourism. She was born in Japan and became a British citizen in 2002. She served in the RAF for 6 years. Her hobbies are playing the piano, walking her two adorable Chihuahuas and baking. She hopes to be a Children's books writer one day.

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    Yumi Katoh was born in Toyama, Japan and lives in Tokyo. She has been teaching English since she was young, and now teaches at a private school in Yokohama as well as at a "juku" (private tutoring school). She is interested in writing both in Japanese and English, and has learned how to translate English stories into Japanese.