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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02 Dec 19
Music Kyogen Scrooge

Music Kyogen Scrooge

Review by Alice Baldock

Music Kyogen Scrooge is an innovative theatrical production that combines Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Japanese traditional comedy play Kyogen, and contemporary music.

Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn

Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn

Review by Azmina Sohail

This collection of fantasy tales is a great example of how literature has evolved and should continue to evolve in every sense of the word; in representation, theme and language.

13 Nov 19
Japan and the West: An Architectural Dialogue by Neil Jackson

Japan and the West: An Architectural Dialogue by Neil Jackson

Review by Andrew Nishiyama Taylor

This book discusses the architectural influence that Japan and the West have had on each other during the last 150 years. Based on extensive research, this book provides a synthetic overview that brings together the main themes of Japanese and Western architecture since 1850 and shows that neither could exist in its present state without the other.

06 Nov 19
The Memory Police by Ogawa Yoko

The Memory Police by Ogawa Yoko

Review by Jill Dobson

The novel takes place on an unnamed island where, for the past 15 years, things have regularly disappeared, not just physically but from memory. This disappearance is enforced by the Memory Police, the only manifestation of authority.

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