I was born in New Jersey, grew up in Wisconsin and currently live in the southern end of Mie Prefecture, Japan, where I work as an Assistant Language Teacher at a local high school. It was in my second year at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh that I became interested in Japanese language and culture. At the recommendation of a professor, I attended a summer seminar at Bodhi Manda Zen Center in New Mexico. It was there that I met Joshu Sasaki Roshi, a then 100-year-old Zen Master from Japan. Roshi didn't speak a word of English. Nonetheless, I found something in his approach to life extremely compelling. When I returned to school at the end of that summer, I began to take language study seriously. It occurred to me, then, that there are whole worlds of experience waiting behind the barrier of language. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Religious Studies, and a minor in Japanese Language and Culture. I also hold a masters degree from the University of Michigan's Center for Japanese Studies. My interests are extremely nebulous and difficult to describe. When I'm not working on translation projects, I play classic Japanese video games, write my own fiction and enjoy many of Japan's fabulous pubs.
Latest posts by Taylor Cazella
Translators in Japan are volunteering to translate Code for America's "Beyond Transparency" to help promote civic tech there.
The use of technology by non-professionals to spread information only came under the spotlight following the Tohoku earthquake of March 2011.
Global Voices contributor Taylor Cazella, who recently moved from the US to Japan, introduces seven unexpected yet tasty foods from non-traditional Japanese cuisine.