Friday, January 29, 2010

Introducing "Book Ideas" blog

Kanto member Birgit Z.S. started in August 2006 with her daughter and is heading the "Book Ideas Community Service" in Fuchu, Western Tokyo, that organizes a free foreign book lending service. 

More information here.

Book Ideas at Momijigaoka Bunka Center in Fuchu

Members assisting other foreigners in need

Kanto Member Emily Homma has been assisting Filipino nurses and caregivers who came to Japan under the Economic Partnership Agreement of Japan (EPA). She helped them with Japanese language support, clothing donations (Japan is much colder than The Philippines) and others.

You may have heard of this program through local news. Having seen with her own eyes the situation from the nurses' side, Emily wishes to let people in Japan and overseas know their truth and their feelings.

You can read here what Emily wrote:

Introducing Suzanne Kamata, writer

Kansai member Suzanne Kamata is a talented writer that is being recognized not only in Japan, but also worldwide. Her books are available on Amazon (some of them also as Kindle books).

Her latest book Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering (Wyatt-MacKenzie Press, 2009) was named to The Japan Times' best books of 2009 list!

Suzanne earlier works include Losing Kei (Leapfrog Press, 2008). She was also the Editor of Love You to Pieces: Creative Writers on Raising a Child with Special Needs (Beacon Press, May 2008) and The Broken Bridge: Fiction from Expatriates in Literary Japan (Stone Bridge Press, 1997)

You can follow Suzanne on her blog,
where she write about motherhood, writing, and disability issues as a foreign wife in Japan.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Writing for "Being a Broad" Magazine

Several of our members have been writing for or featured in Being a Broad Magazine, a magazine for and about foreign women living in Japan, created by Caroline Pover. It is a part of the "Being a Broad" network that includes "Being a Broad Book".

AFWJ Kanto member and writer Louise George Kittaka wrote an article in the January 2010 edition of Being a Broad Magazine (p.13). You can read it online here or here (older editions also available).

PS: Caroline Pover has recently written a book, "Guide to International Schools in Japan". More information on its site.