How to be a Japanese Translator with Jonathan Lloyd-Davies
Find out what it takes to become a Japanese translator from a man who does it for a living.
By Kristen Dexter

We at Tofugu get a lot of emails from people saying they want to go into Japanese translation, looking for advice. To help you folks out (and to help anyone who’s ever been somewhat interested in translation), we did a series of interviews with professionals in this field.

For today’s article, I interviewed Jonathan Lloyd-Davies, a 36 year old freelance literary translator and asked him all about translation, interpretation, how to break into the field, and what resources there are for people new to the field.

Let’s get started with the questions!


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boho reversible baby bibs by linenandrubies

your little nugget will look hella fly in a fringed ’n trendy bib from linenandrubies — or go a little less rock’n’roll and more demure with a feminine dotted design complete with an edging of mini poms!

Gift for my precious prince <3
It’s our anniversary today and aaahHHH I’m just super happy to be with him, he really is the best boyfriend on earth and i love him with my entire heart <3 <3 <3
Happy 1 year and 6 months bby!!! I love you !!!!! <3333333

Drew this on stream and omg it took me like 3 hours+ to make this drawing haha, I spent so much time on details on the trees and leaves but it was so relaxing and i had a lot of fun making this drawing. Thanks to Lorky and Fubu for watching the entire progress when i streamed on Twitch. 

I’ve never seen autumn this way, where the trees turn yellow/orange/red haha so im pretty sure if i saw a bunch of leaves stacked i would definitely throw myself at them LOL 

When someone says Pro Wrestling isn’t a real sport...

Originally posted by drunkbroadway

Behold, I give you some of my favorites….

Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins… This is a Punt reversal into an RKO. Outta fuggin’ Nowhere. Not only is this athleticism, but mad fucking skill, and amazing control and finesse. We are talking strength, precision, and amazing talent.

Originally posted by theb2knetwork

This is the Billionaire Dollar Princess’ Husband, Triple H Hunter Hearst Helmsley. He TORE his quad…proceeded to wrestle for 15 more minutes and WALK out of the arena. He also has an awesome finisher, The Predigree, where you land on your face, unable to use your arms to protect yourself.

Originally posted by milkwave

Yes, those are tacks. And that man going face-first into them is God. Mrs. Foley’s favorite boy, Mick Foley, aka Cactus Jack, aka Dude Love, aka Mankind. He is Legend. A cage match with Undertaker put him through the TOP of the cage to the ring…he then got up, climbed the cage again, and then launched from the top onto the announcers table…He had a front tooth ram back up through his nose.

Originally posted by unique-opportunity

Oh and Jeff Hardy and Edge in a Ladder match. Edge speared Hardy in midair and fell. That’s not ‘taking a bump’ or selling a strike. That’s just brutal fucking impact.

Originally posted by productionig

And a new guy on the block straight outta Japan, the King of Strong Style… Shinsuke Nakamura. This guy legit hits, kicks, and punches people. (That’s what Strong Style is.) So not only with some seriously wrecking moves, he literally brings REAL pain.

Originally posted by wrestling-giffer

And there’s more! Seriously! John Cena, picking up Edge and Big Show (which is a combined weight of 682 pounds!) That’s insane! Big Show is the Biggest Athlete in any business. And he’s strong…and surprisingly fast. And yes, that is Rey Mysterio bound on a paramedic’s stretcher. Yeah, a real human being took that bump.

Originally posted by milkwave

There are also some AMAZING women who do this sport as well. And while they look sexy and pretty and have their onscreen drama… they also kick ass. Becky Lynch tossing the shit out of Sasha Banks with a German Suplex. Imagine the Heimlich where you also get thrown and get the air knocked out of you.

Originally posted by wrestling-giffer

And the Mayor of Suplex City, Brock Lesnar… who eats galvanized steel for breakfast, and just is angry all the time.

Originally posted by wrestling-giffer

ALL THE TIME. But I feel I should show more of the great women. Here’s Lita, who trained in Mexico in the Luchador style…meaning she’s all over the place and graceful and lethal as hell. And yeah, she wasn’t afraid to get in the ring with the big boys either.

Originally posted by lotusbeauty22

So damnit…it’s a sport okay? Give it thirty minutes…and you’ll see for yourself. These amazing people sweat and bleed and take insane risks to entertain and amaze. What they do isn’t “fake” even if the stories are lame or the stunts are choreographed. It takes to much skill and training to do what they do. And to not give them credit is just… *sigh* inhuman.

Originally posted by giference

I can’t sleep and I’m posting garbage, but why the flying fuck does the WWE not sell leggings/tights? Is there any actual reason? Can you imagine the amount of money they would make, I would empty my bank account for some of these.

Just imagine the possibilities

Sami Zayn checkerboard leggings

Becky Lynch steampunk design that reads “Lasskicker” down a leg

Charlotte’s aqua leggings that read “Do it with Flair” in white cursive down the sides

Chris Jericho ones that incorporate every one of his past gimmicks including Y2J and The Lion Tamer. I feel a mighty need…

BREEZANGO leggings available in five different colors of striped furs

Dolph Ziggler tights with that awesome “DZ” logo on the thigh you know what I’m talking about


Loud as fuck purple and yellow leggings make sure you stay hyped for Zack and Mojo

Kevin Owens leggings are black with a big-ass “K.O.” on them. The letters. On the booty. Get it big-ass? I’m sorry.

The neon pink and blue ones come New Day approved mainly because of the unicorns and rainbows all over, those nerds would be so pleased to see people wearing these in public.

Natalya pink and black “Queen of Harts” leggings

Sasha Banks “Bo$$” ones naturally

I would murder somebody for a pair of Edge and Christian leggings I’m not kidding


Plus you could run a vintage series with some of the amazing designs they have on t-shirts in the store.


I am the Undertale Plush Queen! I had NO way of putting Omega Flowey in this pic, but he’s still in my room. I am also a plush hoarder when it comes to collecting and making my own plush if you can’t tell xD Yes I have 5 kinds of Sans plushies! All the Undertale plush, Pepsi pony, Bee my ponysona, Catbug and a few others hidden are all made by me HappyKittyShop. Please do not remove.