March Was Made of Yarn edited by Elmer Luke and David Karashima Vintage Books, 2012. ISBN 9780307948861.
On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake occurred off the northeastern coast of Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami and multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns. In this book, writers respond in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and manga. Contributors include Kazushige Abe, Tetsuya Akikawa, Hideo Furukawa, Natsuki Ikezawa, Shinji Ishii, Mitsuyo Kakuta, Hiromi Kawakami, Mieko Kawakami, J.D. McClatchy, Ryu Murakami, Brother & Sister Nishioka, Yoko Ogawa, David Peace, Kazumi Saeki, Kiyoshi Shigematsu, Shuntaro Tanikawa, Yoko Tawada, and Barry Yourgrau.
I translated Mitsuyo Kakuta's story, "Pieces." Pico Iyer in the New York Times called it "perhaps the subtlest and most beautiful story" in the collection, and added, “'To acquire was not to be happy,' [the woman] had learned during Japan’s boom years, and now she sees that 'loss was not the root of unhappiness.' As lights come back to her city, she reflects that the happy moments in her life cannot erase the losses she’s known; nor can those losses ever keep her from knowing happiness."