Haikasoru interviews Cathy Hirano on translating Dragon Sword and Wind Child:
Noriko Ogiwaraâ€™s Dragon Sword and Wind Child is loosely based on the ancient Japanese creation myths while Mirror Sword and Shadow Prince is inspired by the tale of Yamato Takeru, a legendary Japanese hero of the fourth century. These myths are an integral part of the Japanese psycheâ€”and not at all part of the English readerâ€™s psyche. For me, the foreign reader, this adds to the booksâ€™ charm, but for me, the translator, this means learning as much as possible about the historical context, identifying implied and unstated information that is essential for the non-Japanese reader and presenting it in a way that does not bog down the text and detract from the English reading experience.
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Haikasoru: Translating Genre from Japan (Beatrice.com)