The Japan Society Review

The Japan Society Review is published on a bimonthly basis. Each issue covers a selection of Japan-related books and films, as well as theatre and stage productions. Its purpose is to inform, entertain and encourage readers to explore the works for themselves.

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16 Mar 20
Taiko Do - Echo Of The Soul by KyoShinDo

Taiko Do – Echo Of The Soul by KyoShinDo

Review by Laurence Green

Take a group of Italian percussionists, who just so happen to be karate experts too, and see what kind of musical concoction they can cook up. As Hirota Joji, who has been teaching the group for over ten years puts it, it’s ‘taiko with a martial arts touch’.

12 Feb 20
Spark by Matayoshi Naoki

Spark by Matayoshi Naoki

Review by Laurence Green

Spark is a story about art and friendship, about countless bizarre drunken conversations and how far it’s acceptable to go for a laugh. A novel about comedy that’s as moving and thoughtful as it is funny, it’s already been a sensation in Japan.

22 Jan 20
Tipping Point: Our World in Crisis

Tipping Point: Our World in Crisis

Review by Alice Baldock

Café Reason is the only UK butoh group outside of London. Their latest piece, Tipping Point, uses a dash of butoh ‘characteristics’ alongside many other interesting ways of moving.

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

Review by Azmina Sohail

Julie Otsuka’s novel of the immigrant experience is beautifully written. Its powerful narrative encapsulates the lives of a forgotten people still alive in the memories of Japan. It confronts the issue of immigrant integration head-on, holding up a mirror to contemporary society and its treatment of displaced populations.

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