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Hi, I’m Lauren.

Qualifications

  • Japanese Language Proficiency Test N2

  • MA Translation and Interpretation Studies (Distinction)

  • BA Hons Japanese and French (2:1)

  • TEFL (160 hours)

 

Based in Shrewsbury, England, I’m a freelance translator and copywriter with a huge love for Japan. I’ve been fascinated by Japanese culture for as long as I can remember, and enjoy working as a cultural and linguistic mediator.

I’ve answered some questions below so you can get to know a little more about me and what I do, but if there’s anything else you’d like to know, then please get in touch. Whether it’s project related, or you simply want some travel information about Japan, I’d love to hear from you.

Q&A 

Have you ever been to japan?

During my undergraduate degree at Cardiff University, I spent half a year in France and half a year in Japan. I studied at Dokkyo University, Saitama, where I was part of the tea ceremony and flower arranging club. After graduating, I returned to Japan on the JET Programme as an assistant language teacher, but I decided that I wanted to pursue a career as a translator and so I returned to the UK to study my MA in Japanese translation.

What do you enjoy most about translating?

I’m constantly encountering new linguistic challenges due to cultural and historical differences, and because of this, translating Japanese will never get boring. Whether it’s another type of yokai, a new place to visit or a time in history, there will always be opportunities to learn and new puzzles to work out.

What’s your dream translation project?

The dream project would be something related to Japanese folklore or art. It would be amazing to translate a novel by my favourite author, Morimi Tomihiko, or do something related to my favourite ukiyo-e artist, Kuniyoshi. I also love baking and cooking, so a cookbook would be a wonderful project to be a part of. Basically anything related to my love of Japan or food.

Why Japanese?

I was about 13 when I saw the anime Spirited Away, and from that day on I’ve been fascinated by Japanese folklore and yokai. As language and culture are so deeply connected, it was only natural for my love of the language to grow the more I’ve studied Japanese culture. There’s even specific names for over 400 colours traditionally used in textiles and arts & crafts; you can find the full list here! My favourite is probably 梅鼠 (umenezu), or ‘apricot mouse’.