Juliet Winters Carpenter
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Juliet Winters Carpenter (born 1948) is an American translator of modern Japanese literature. Born in the American Midwest, she studied Japanese literature at the University of Michigan and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo. After completing her graduate studies in 1973, she returned to Japan in 1975, where she became involved in translation efforts and teaching.
Carpenter is a devotee of traditional Japanese music and is a licensed instructor of the koto and shamisen. She is a professor at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto and has been involved in the Japanese Literature Publishing Project(JLPP), a government-supported project translating and publishing Japanese books overseas.
Carpenter currently lives in Kyoto with her husband Bruce, professor emeritus of Tezukayama University. They have three children: Matthew, in New York; Graham, in Tokyo; and Mark, in Kyoto.
Carpenter's translation of Abe Kobo's novel Mikkai, "Secret Rendezvous," won the 1980 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. Her translation of Minae Mizumura's novel Honkaku Shosetsu, "A True Novel," won that same award for 2014-2015 and earned numerous other awards including the 2014 Lewis Galantiere Award of the American Translators Association.
|The Ark Sakura||Abe Kōbō||Novel|
|Beyond the Curve||Abe Kōbō||Short stories|
|Secret Rendezvous||Abe Kōbō||Novel|
|Japanese Women: Short Stories||Yamamoto Shūgorō|
|The Hunter||Nonami Asa||Novel|
|Uncommon Clay||Sidney B. Cardozo and Masaaki Hirano||Essay|
|The Quickening Field||Hachikai Mimi||Poetry|
|Waiting on the Weather: Making Movies with Akira Kurosawa||NogamiTeruyo||Memoir|
|Shadow Family||Miyabe Miyuki||Novel|
|Memories of Wind and Waves: A Self-Portrait of Lakeside Japan||Saga Jun'ichi||Oral history|
|The Last Shogun: The Life of Tokugawa Yoshinobu||Shiba Ryōtarō||Biography|
|You Were Born for a Reason||Takamori Kentetsu, Akehashi Daiji, and Itō Kentarō||Buddhist philosophy|
|Salad Anniversary||Tawara Machi||Tanka|
|A Lost Paradise||Watanabe Jun'ichi||Novel|
|The Sail of My Soul||Yamaguchi Seishi||Haiku|
|Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan's Most Rigorous Zen Temple||Nonomura Kaoru|
|A Cappella||Koike Mariko||Novel|
|Clouds above the Hill||Shiba Ryōtarō||Historical fiction|
|A True Novel||Minae Mizumura||Novel|
Carpenter is also the author of the book Seeing Kyoto.
- Televised nostalgia in Japan: Those were the days
- A translator's work from Abe to Zen/Professor continues wide-ranging literary pursuits with epic novel by Ryotaro Shiba
- The Asian Bookshelf by Donald Richie: Blood, sweat and tears of Zen
- Strange Moors: 'A True Novel,' by Minae Mizumura