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A Personal Response by Ian ‘Josh’ Yates, The Mad Kyoto Shoe Swapper And Other Short Stories by Rebecca Otowa

Though I have read a lot recently, I have written very little. I could blame any number of things, from the noise of my children to the gloom that doesn’t seem to disappear even when the clouds dissipate. Possibly I am lacking a sense of purpose in getting on my commute every morning for the nearly 16 years I have spent being an adult and being in Japan (basically those times overlap perfectly).

Interview: Hamish Downie’s Five Questions With Rebecca Otowa and Karen Lee Tawarayama, Co-editors of Structures of Kyoto

TGG: I’m so glad to be able to interview two people today, Rebecca Otowa and Karen Lee Tawarayama, Co-editors of Structures of Kyoto.
Could you please introduce yourself to our readers?

Interview with Rebecca Otowa, author of “The Mad Kyoto Shoe Swapper and other Short Stories”

Rebecca Otowa is an American-born, Australian-reared, and Japanese-educated writer and painter who has been calling Japan home for the past 40 years. She has written extensively for several English-language publications in Japan and Tuttle published her first two books, At Home in Japan (2010) ...

'The Mad Kyoto Shoe Swapper': What to do when you lose your shoes? Find them and write - The Japan Times

In a world where social media is constantly searching for the “next big thing,” and remaining relevant is a full-time job for some, it’s refreshing to see a writer who has found success in her own sweet time and on her own terms. Shiga Prefecture-based Rebecca Otowa has just published her third book...

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