Juliet Winters Carpenter is an American translator of modern Japanese literature. Born in the American Midwest, she studied Japanese literature at the University of Michigan and the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Tokyo. After completing her graduate studies in 1973, she returned to Japan in 1975, where she became involved in translation efforts and teaching.
Carpenter is a devotee of traditional Japanese music and is a licensed instructor of the koto and shamisen. She is a professor at Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto and has been involved in the Japanese Literature Publishing Project(JLPP), a government-supported project translating and publishing Japanese books overseas.
Carpenter currently lives in Kyoto with her husband Bruce, professor emeritus of Tezukayama University. They have three children: Matthew, in New York; Graham, in Tokyo; and Mark, in Kyoto.