LI KOTOMI is a bilingual Japanese-Chinese writer, translator, and interpreter. She was born in Taiwan in 1989 and moved to Japan in 2013. In 2017, she won the 60th Gunzō New Writers’ Prize for Excellence for her first novel, Solo Dance, written in Japanese, her second language. In 2019, she was a candidate for the 161st Akutagawa Ryunosuke Award for her novel Itsutsu kazoereba mikazuki ga (“Count to Five and the Crescent Moon”). Her range of activities spans multiple countries, regions, and languages, and her translation expertise ranges from general business to literary arts, tourism, manga, games, and contracts.
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