Working to connect the international community and the Land of the Rising Sun, making it more accessible to travelers worldwide.


My services

Japanese to English translation

  • Specialization in travel and tourism
    I strive to further Japan’s accessibility to travelers worldwide.
  • I also translate
    -general business
    -social sciences and religion (particularly Buddhism and Shinto)
    -environmental fields
    -all non-specialized content

Slogan / tagline check, correction and improvement

English editing / rewriting / proofreading

  • For travel and tourism, general business, religion and social sciences,  literature, environmental fields, the medical field, and all non-specialized  content

Travel and Japan related content / copywriting

  • for websites, blogs, social media, print media, etc.
  • travel writing for a variety of contexts

Transcription, subtitling, and more

About Chris W. Gladden

Freelance Japanese to English translation since 2013, operating Clear Sky Translation since 2015

Writer / translator / poet, originally from Southern New England’s Connecticut River Valley (USA)

Japanese permanent resident based in Nagano prefecture, central Japan (13 years in the country)

BA in anthropology (with honors), University of Connecticut

Over three years in New York City’s travel industry

More than a decade teaching English and international education in Japan

Besides time in Japan, nearly three years cumulatively spent travelling in over 20 countries

Japan related essays, articles and poetry have appeared in print and online through publications in the US, the UK, New Zealand, and Japan

I currently live in a village of less than 900 people at the foot of a sacred mountain surrounded by dense forest and inhabited by more monkeys than you’d care to meet. It’s a fantastic environment for helping my clients reach their goals. I’ll be glad to put my travel industry experience, linguistic skills, and familiarity with Japanese culture to work for you.

Some of my other Japan-related projects: (Japanese version at Site author. One of the few Westerners to have participated in the ancient pillar riding festival : Site author and producer of its podcast (currently on hiatus) : Site author, coordinator of this international meditation group that meets at a historic temple in the heart of Nagano

Author of the original screenplay “Onbashira Guy” (and aided development of the Japanese version) : poetry page