My name is Annie Donwerth Chikamatsu. I write for children and adults. My work for children has been published in HIGHLIGHTS, HIGHLIGHTS HIGH FIVE, HUNGER MOUNTAIN, Y.A.R.N., SKIPPING STONES, WEE ONES and STORIES FOR CHILDREN. Two poems are forthcoming in an anthology for Patch for Peace. I am revising a novel set in Japan 2001 which won the Writers' League of Texas award in the middle gade category. I am a member of SCBWI and its Tokyo chapter.
For Here and There Japan, I write about and take pictures of the things we see, use, and do in our daily life in Japan. Big Sister and Little Brother were in Japanese elementary school when I started. Big Sister is now in college in California and Little Brother is in a private high school here in Tokyo. Baba (grandmother) and Aunt live downstairs. Even though Papa is busy, busy, busy, he checks the blog every day. He checks my Japanese spelling. I used to teach English and reading in the United States, Malaysia, and Japan. I also studied in France.

****By the way, I screen all comments. I welcome them, but this blog is written especially for kids so please make them kid-friendly. Kids, please don't include your last name or the name of your hometown in your comments. Thanks.

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