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Hana Ransom: Talk and Signing

  • Kinokuniya Austin 6929 Airport Blvd #121 Austin, TX 78752 (map)

Talk and Signing by Hana Ransom


Hana Ransom, (author and English/Japanese translator with 23 years of experience) will be at Kinokuniya Austin to talk and sign her first book, English expressions in Signs, Labels and Packaging. The book was just released last month, and it become a #1 bestseller on Amazon Japan. Presenting photos of signs and packaging in English, she explains their meanings and expression. The book is recommended for people who do translation work for visitors to Japan. This event will be in Japanese.


About Hana Ransom

Hana started her career as a translator while working as an assistant instructor of Japanese at the University of Texas at Austin. After working as a press release translator for a Japanese newspaper company in New York for two years, she went freelance. Her easy-to-read, accurate and beautiful Japanese translation soon became sought-after, and she became a top notch translator with 40+ end clients constantly demanding her service. Her major end-clients include Google, Microsoft, Dell, Apple, Facebook, InterContinental Hotels Group, Los Angeles County, Tiffany & Co., etc.

Taking advantage of the freedom as a freelance translator, Hana and her husband Robert have lived in various different places for the past 20 years, including Fairbanks, AK, Furano, Japan, and Sapporo, Japan, while getting projects from all over the world, including from the US, UK, Israel, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. After living in Japan for 7 years, Hana and her husband decided to return to the US and have settled in Austin, TX.

Her first book, "Shashin de miru Kanban, Hyoshiki, Raberu, Pakkeji no Eigo Hyogen" (English Expressions found in Sign, Signage, Labels and Packaging photographs), published by CrossMedia Language, was released on October 15th, 2018. It became #1 best seller in the Amazon Japan "Overseas Study Program" category.

She now teaches Japanese at the University of Texas at Austin, and hopes to be able to teach translation classes one day, as well as becoming a top blogger (

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