Going to IJET

I leave tomorrow for the International Japanese-English Translation Conference (IJET) in Sydney, Australia. I love IJET — this will be my eight one, and I even helped to organize the one in Okinawa.

What I like best about IJET is the ability to talk with like-minded people about this career that occupies most of my professional life. One of the downsides of living in a rural Okinawan town is that I don't get a lot of chances to hang out with other translators. The blogging world helps to cover that lack, but there's nothing like meeting in person (i.e. whilst drinking beer and eating yakitori).

I'm planning to write a couple of posts from IJET, but if I don't manage it, then assume that the beer and yakitori were too tempting. 🙂

7 comments to Going to IJET

  • Have fun, Ryan! A colleague of mine from Colorado, Chris Blakeslee, is going too. He is a super businessman, maybe a good interview for your blog!

  • Thanks, Corinne! Small world — I know Chris pretty well. He even came to a BBQ at my house after the Okinawa IJET :). Chris is my hero for turning our career into a great lifestyle.

  • Have a good flight and a great time!

  • Enjoy Sydney, Ryan! Look forward to hearing how it goes – even if it is a sheepish post-conference post on the delights of beer and yakitori 🙂

  • I question the sanity of anyone who goes to Australia for the yakitori, but have a good time just the same. 🙂

  • That sounds like a fantastic conference, Ryan! It made me start thinking once again that the ATA should consider having its annual conference in Hawaii or Puerto Rico. I go to the conference every year anyway, but a location like that would make it even more enticing. 🙂 BTW: there are so many incredible translation organizations out there whose conferences I have, for some reason, not thought about attending before. A few fellow translators here in Vienna (where I am for six weeks) told me about the amazing FIT conference in China. Ah, the possibilities (and tax deductions!)…

  • @Durf

    I’m back, and I had a great time. Food in Australia is actually pretty good (another area where they managed to improve on the English), but there was no yakitori, alas. One of our hosts did point out a “Japanese” restaurant named “wagamama,” which he told us had been a big hit in England and then expanded to Australia. Hmm, English do Japanese food, get popular, and export it to Australia? I decided wisely to pass, and get some spicy lamb pies and Cooper’s instead. 🙂

    We did stop for sushi on our way back from the airport, though.

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