On October 13 and 14, the Habri team joined the annual Japan Writers Conference, which this year was held in the coastal town of Otaru on the northern island of Hokkaido. The conference took place at the Otaru University of Commerce, with Professor Shawn Clankie as the local host. As always, the poet John Gribble was the chief coordinator.
The conference was attended by about 120 mostly native English-speaking writers from all over Japan, thirty-six of whom gave talks or led workshops on writing. Your Habri team also made presentations with Power Point: Hiromi about "Deconstructing my translation of Brinckmann's award-winning 'The Tomb in the Kyoto Hills and other stories'," and Hans on "What to avoid and what to focus on when writing about 'Japan'."